Summer Youth Programs

The next generation will be charged with solving new social, political, and economic challenges around the world. Through short and long term youth leadership programs, we are able to arm this generation with a set of skills and experiences that they wouldn't find elsewhere.  Our programs promote mutual understanding, leadership development, educational transformation, and democratic ideals. Through short and long term programs, students live with local families, connect with resources, and develop community based projects to implement back in their home countries.

During the summer, Global Ties KC hosts a variety of youth programs from across the globe. 

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    Jóvenes En Acción

    Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action), is a summer exchange program in the U.S. focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development for Mexican high school students. Participants engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits, interactive training, presentations, and visits to high schools, supplementary English language classes, local cultural activities, and more.

    IYLEP

    The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for high school students provides a fully-funded program to talented Iraqi and U.S. students who demonstrate leadership and civic engagement in their communities. During the program, students engage in experiential learning activities and workshops that further guide their knowledge of civic engagement and intercultural communication.

    Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean

    The Youth Ambassadors Program is an exchange for high school students from the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development.