U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program

Six Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2015 Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean exchange program.

Kamalie Mannix of Antigua and Barbuda; Adiel Charles, of Barbados; Matthew McLawrence of Dominica; Rol-J Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis; Tessa Moncherie of St. Lucia; and Alron Henry of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, accompanied by mentor, Timothy Ferdinand of St. Lucia will take part in the three-week exchange program, along with participants from The Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The goals of the Youth Ambassadors program are to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and South America, and the Caribbean; prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation, and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups; and create networks of hemispheric youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally.

The 2015 Eastern Caribbean Youth Ambassadors (left to right) Rol-J Williams, Kamalie Mannix, Alron Henry, Tessa Moncherie, Matthew McLawrence, Timothy Ferdinand (mentor), and Adiel Charles pose with U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Dr. Larry Palmer.

The 2015 Eastern Caribbean Youth Ambassadors (left to right) Rol-J Williams, Kamalie Mannix, Alron Henry, Tessa Moncherie, Matthew McLawrence, Timothy Ferdinand (mentor), and Adiel Charles pose with U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Dr. Larry Palmer.

During their exchange, participants will focus on the program themes of civic education, leadership, and community service. Students will create social action plans at the end of their community program, that each will implement in his/her own country.

The program will begin on August 8 in Vermont, and concludes in Washington, D.C. on August 29.

Since 2007, World Learning has implemented the Youth Ambassadors Program. World Learning is an American nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries. Its mission is to empower people and strengthen institutions through education, sustainable development, and exchange programs.

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