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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 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 2022 Virtual Leadership Summit! Heading link

The 2022 Summit is going virtual (again!): July 9-16, 2022


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 two 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 March 21, 2022 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

A Zoom screen grid of participants of the 2021 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit

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!

Check out our Instagram for 2021 highlights!

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


2018 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit Heading link