2017 Youth Programs

This summer, Global Ties KC is offering three separate opportunities to host international students. Programs are listed below.


Jóvenes En Acción

July 18-30, 2017

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.


August 1-15, 2017

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 will engage in experiential learning activities and workshops that will further guide their knowledge of civic engagement and intercultural communication.

Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean

August 13-24, 2017

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.

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.

Why become a host family?

● Forge life-long friendships
● Learn about new cultures, new cuisine, and new languages
● Be a tourist in your own town
● Introduce your kids to bright, motivated, curious international “siblings”
● Meet emerging young leaders making an impact in government, civil society, and innovations abroad
● Contribute directly to strengthening U.S. foreign relation

How to become a host

We are looking for host families for three summer youth programs. Youth will be in program 9-5 Monday through Friday, and will have evenings and weekends free to spend time with your family. You'll provide your student(s) with a bed, breakfast and dinners, and an American family experience.

Download the host family application

To apply, fill out the application, linked above, and email to Courtney Brooks at cbrooks@globaltieskc.org

Questions? Email or call, at (816) 421-4209