Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program
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A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois 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 470 girls have participated in the overall Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program, with over 200 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
Apply for the 2023 Virtual Leadership Summit! Heading link
The 2023 Summit is going virtual (again!): July 8-15, 2023
The Global Youth Ambassadors Virtual Leadership Summit provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the past three Summits have been virtual, with participants engaging with each other and business and civic leaders via virtual 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.
We are accepting applications until February 10, 2023 at 11:59PM CST (GMT-5). There is no cost to attend the Global Youth Ambassadors Virtual Leadership Summit.
2021 Summit: July 10-17, 2021 Heading link
Though still virtual, our Summer 2021 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit was a huge success, with nearly 50 girls–our largest cohort yet–participating from all over the world!
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2019 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit photo Heading link