Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program

The Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program logo: 3 grey arches with a red Chicago star in the middle, and the name of the program printed below in blue and red.

A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program is an intensive leadership program in Chicago designed to build the next generation of global leaders. It is open to teenage girls, ages 14–16, from Chicago and its 29 international sister cities.

The Program consists of three parts:

  • Annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit
  • Program Satellite Workshops
  • Mentorship and Alumni Engagement

Since its inception in 2016, more than 360 girls have participated in the overall Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program, with 95 of them participating in the Chicago Summit.

The Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program aims to:

  • Empower emerging leaders
  • Teach strategies for leadership, advocacy and activism
  • Inspire young women to become agents of change
  • Build a network of globally minded leaders

2020 Summit


The Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. The girls experience Chicago with their peers, while engaging with Chicago’s business and civic leaders and participating in workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership.

Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live in or attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 29 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.

There is no cost to attend the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit. CSCI will fund awardees’ registration fee and travel expenses to attend the week-long Summit.

Applications for the 2020 Summit are available on CSCI’s website and are due Monday, January 27, 2020.

A large group of girls and their mentors, from around the world and Chicago, pose together at a mentorship luncheon.