Central American Youth Ambassadors News
Are you interested in helping emerging leaders in your country become more engaged and effective in giving back to their community?
We are pleased to share with you the following mentorship opportunity!
The U.S. Department of State MEPI funded, and Georgetown University administered, Student Leaders Program (SLP) is looking for MEPI alumni mentors to voluntarily mentor, guide, and coach 2018 Student Leaders from their country on civic engagement and activism.
Bartolomé Vázquez is a teacher in a one-room school of indigenous education in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, and he knows that pedagogy is not based solely on textbooks and cannot fit behind the four walls of a classroom. A true sower of knowledge, Bartolomé untangles his philosophy and educational method and becomes a beacon of hope for the creation of a humanistic model based on curiosity and love for the outside world.
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: DECEMBER 7, 2018
CIED Georgetown University is in need of a partner to manage the on-the-ground activities of recruiting and interviewing candidates, preparing them for their three-week exchange to the U.S., and providing them with support when they return home to become engaged in their communities.
CIED Georgetown manages the Youth Ambassadors Program in Central America. We work in cooperation in a consortium led by World Learning to bring 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. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
RFP Posting Date: November 1, 2018
RFP Closing Date: November 13, 2018
Request for Proposal: Georgetown University (GU) is seeking a local partner organization that is legally registered in Morocco skilled in event management, specifically providing planning, logistics, trainer/expert identification, and implementation support for an international youth conference for Middle Eastern and North African participants. The city of the Accelerator Workshop is still being determined, and may take place in Casablanca, Rabat, or Marrakesh.
Over the course of two weeks, English Language Specialist Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda connected with hundreds of English as a Second Language educators who traveled from around Turkey to attend his conference presentations and professional development workshops in four different cities on the topics of academic writing and student motivation. Matsuda’s first stop was the 10th International ELT Research Conference in Antalya in which he delivered a plenary address entitled, “Less is More: How to Minimize Workload and Maximize Student Learning.” Then, in Ankara, Matsuda delivered a plenary address at the 13th METU International ELT Convention in line with the “Teaching Beyond Boundaries” conference theme entitled, “Teaching Beyond: Developing Transferable Writing Proficiency.” He also facilitated a workshop entitled, “Keeping It Simple: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Classroom Writing Assessment.” Next, Matsuda attended the “Pathways that Inspire Us” conference at Sabanci University in Istanbul and delivered a plenary address entitled, “Facilitating Language Development Through Writing.” Lastly, Matsuda visited Anadolu University in Eskisehir in which he delivered workshops entitled “Teaching Writing in Context: Making Writing Assignments Engaging” to the English Language Teaching Department Education Faculty and the School of Foreign Languages. He also led an intensive roundtable discussion with a committee focusing on Assessment in Writing at the School of Foreign Languages.
This summer, CIED conducted a three-week exchange in the Dominican Republic for 29 U.S. Youth Ambassadors (American citizens from 14 states and the District of Columbia). The themes of the program were youth leadership, social entrepreneurship, and environmental protection. CIED partnered with the DREAM Project to develop educational and highly interactive exchange activities. After arriving in the capital of Santo Domingo and meeting with the U.S. Embassy and Peace Corps, participants traveled to the north coast where the spent nine days in the small community of Los Brazos. While there they lived with local families and participated in community service activities that included beautifying the community park and facilitating a summer camp for children and teens.
Gateway to Georgetown hosted a second program in Strategic Communications for graduate students and academics from Chile’s Adolfo Ibáñez University. The program offered 5 days of classes and site visits to organizations in Washington DC, including the Department of State, the American Petroleum Institute, LinkedIn, and Facebook, among others. They visited top rated agencies specialized in the areas of marketing and communications, and they also had the chance to learn directly from outstanding professionals and practitioners who work in the areas of big data, branding, storytelling, and strategic messaging, including former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, Michael Waldman.
For the last fifteen years, CIED has been in partnership with Universidad Pontificia Comillas to conduct programs each summer. During the second week of June, Gateway to Georgetown hosted a program on International Affairs for graduate students from Madrid, Spain. The two week program included site visits to the Department of State and the Inter-American Development Bank and classes led by Georgetown’s Department of Government, the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and the McDonough School of Business.
Gateway to Georgetown held the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) 2.0 in collaboration with SNAC International, the leading international trade association for the snack industry. Built upon the widely-attended ELP 1.0, Gateway created a 'next-level' program to continue the professional development journey for the snack industry's rising leaders.
The two-and-a-half daylong seminar was conducted at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center from June 27-29, 2018. Forty-one of the snack industry’s emerging leaders participated in the seminar that was led by two professors from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (MSB) and the Director of Learning Development for Marriott International. This particular initiative was designed to help SNAC members learn key leadership skills to immediately take their professional development to the next level. The course also fostered networking between industry peers, suppliers and snack producers.
Request for Application: Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education and Development (GU/CIED) is seeking to subcontract a local partner organization with office presence in the MENA region skilled in recruiting qualified Libyan candidates for Middle East Partner Initiative (MEPI) sponsored programs. The local partner will recruit and assist in the review of qualified candidates from Libya to participate in the MEPI Student Leaders Program (SLP) that will take place in the summer of 2019.
In December of 2017, Georgetown University joined a consortia led by World Learning including Amigos de las Americas and SUNY Plattsburg, New York to implement the new Youth Ambassadors (YA) Program. The Youth Ambassadors Program is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Latin America and the United States. This multi-national exchange also builds bonds of friendship and understanding between people of the Caribbean, Central and South America and people of the United States.