2018 summer Youth Programs


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 welcomed 20 English-speaking high school students from Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, and Senegal to Kansas City. These students were hand selected by their U.S. Embassies to participate in this leadership program. 


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.