The Youth Ambassadors Program seeks to create a leadership culture that promotes a sophisticated and educated understanding of cultural diversity and identity politics, to respectfully accept opposing points of view and diverse experiences, aimed at finding and building permanent peace.
The program seeks to train middle and high school students as praiseworthy representatives of Puerto Rico, through practical and theoretical experiences, enabling them to make democratic decisions, manage, transform and resolve conflicts, and identify opportunities for Puerto Rico and for themselves. –OE 2013-07
The Department of State, through its School of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, promotes a culture of responsible leadership and effective foreign relations through the Youth Ambassadors Program. It has two (2) aspects:
Model of the United Nations and United Nations Clubs
Puerto Rico’s Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, also known as UNA-USA Puerto Rico, is in charge of:
- Developing the concept of Youth Ambassadors through the United Nations and the United Nations club’s educational model program in Puerto Rico’s public schools.
- Facilitating the participation of public school students on trips to the headquarters of the United Nations and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as part of the educational experiences.
- Facilitating the participation of public school students in the permanent exhibition of the new Pablo Casals Museum on Pablo Casals’ contributions to the United Nations in 1958, 1963 and 1971
- Among other similar designed projects aimed to provide educational experiences to students in middle and high schools in Puerto Rico.
Through the United Nations Model, students are exposed to issues of concern to the international community, while developing essential skills for the job market of the 21st century, such as critical thinking, oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, negotiation, conflict resolution, tolerance, dialogue, teamwork and consensus building – empowering them with the tools to reach their personal goals and to contribute to Puerto Rico’s social and economic welfare.
The United Nations Clubs are committed to encouraging and facilitating the participation of students, in this case of middle and high schoolers, in international and local initiatives in the areas of Humanitarian Assistance, Health and Environment Preservation among others. UNA-USA Puerto Rico serves as a bridge between students and campaigns endorsed by the United Nations Foundation and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF such as, GirlUp, Shot @ Life, Nothing But Nets Foundation and coordinated by the Trick or Treat for UNICEF’s US Fund for UNICEF. Meanwhile, UNA-USA PR is a local bridge to channel donations or volunteer work of students in local initiatives such as shore cleanups with the Scuba Dogs Society, the development of Youth Councils of the PR Chapter of the American Red Cross and animal rescues with PET SOS among others.
Be a student in a middle or high school in Puerto Rico.
The Youth Ambassadors Model Program of the United Nations and the United Nations Clubs is coordinated by UNA-USA Puerto Rico.
How to apply?
The UNA-USA Puerto Rico shall make available all information necessary for the application process to be considered for the Youth Ambassadors Model Program of the United Nations, and the list of schools with United Nations Clubs. The entity’s website is: http://www.unausapr.org (http://www.unausapr.org).
For more information on the Model and the United Nations Clubs please press the following links:
If your school is interested in participating, please complete the online form below:
QUESTIONNAIRE FOR INTERESTED SCHOOLS
For more information you can call 787-996-8778 or write to:
UNA-USA Puerto Rico
B-5 Tabonuco Street Suite 216 PMB 110 Guaynabo
Puerto Rico 00968
Furthermore, you can also access the information through the Programs’ Calls section.
Foreign Relations Leaders Congress
The Department of State, through the School of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and the Youth Ambassadors Program, make three (3) Congresses per year to focus on foreign affairs, namely:
- Two (2) Youth Ambassadors Congresses
- One (1) International Congress of Young Leaders
These Congresses are aimed to students in grades 7 to 12.
Students are exposed to an extensive and rigorous curriculum of seminars, conferences, workshops and protocol visits covering all sectors of the democratic society. Certain Congresses include overseas travel. The Leadership Congresses achieve personal and direct meeting between prominent leaders of the most important institutions and outstanding young students. All this in order to train them in diplomacy, foreign relations and international affairs.
The student must fulfill the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in a public or private school in Puerto Rico, in grades 7 to 12
- Having a 3.00 GPA or more
- Excellent Conduct
- Be a community leader
- Belong to student clubs or associations
- Show interest in learning and participating
- Attend meetings, interviews and orientation meetings
How to apply?
The Congress of Leaders of Puerto Rico shall make available all information necessary for the application process to be considered for Youth Ambassadors Program Congress.
The entity’s website is http://www.congressofleadersofflorida.com/PR_esp.html
For more information you may also call the following numbers:
You can also write to: firstname.lastname@example.org