2018 summer Youth Programs

Global Ties KC will be hosting two youth programs during the 2018 summer. We are currently seeking host families/ individuals from August 8-21 to welcome 1-2 high school students into their home. 


July 21-August 2, 2018

This 13-day program welcomed 14 English-speaking high school students from across Mexico to Kansas City. These vibrant students are actively making strides to improve their home communities and create mutual understanding between the U.S. and Mexico. 


Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program 2018

August 8-21, 2018

This 14-day program will welcome 20 English-speaking high school students from Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, and Senegal to Kansas City. These students have been hand selected by their U.S. Embassies to participate in this leadership program. 


Expectations: While in Kansas City, students will spend their weekdays from 8:30-5:30 pm engaged in cultural activities, leadership training, and teambuilding. Evenings and weekends will be spent with their hosts. Our short-term youth programs allow local families and individuals the experience of hosting an exchange students without the standard semester-long commitment. 

Ready to host a student? Complete a background form and a host family application. Email your documents to Sarah Martin at smartin@globaltieskc.org

    Past 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.

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


    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.

    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.

    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.