Youth Ambassadors 2018

Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre with the 2018 Youth Ambassadors and their mentor

Six participants and a mentor will depart Trinidad and Tobago later this month for the U.S. to participate in the 2018 Youth Ambassadors program.

Last week the group — Anique Nicola Gray, Cristian Criston Kelawan, Dana Mariah Persad. Makeena Megan Yorkshire, Sherlissa Ali-Thompson, Thea Nicola Kelvina Lopez and mentor Farisha Mohammed, participated in an orientation where they were briefed on the program goals and what they can expect during the program.  Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre met with the group and offered words of encouragement and wished them good luck during their three week trip to four States including Washington D.C.  On Saturday they participated in an all day workshop which included a discussion with Assistant Regional Security Officer Bobby Lawson who shared his personal experience on how to handle culture shock when traveling overseas.

The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.

Exchanges are primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select countries.

Participants will engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.