American Exchange Participants

El Salvador Youth on Demand Program

In June 2019, we invited five Kansas City high school students to participate in the El Salvador Youth Leadership Program. They spent time at Scouts BSA Camp Naish, participated in an emergency preparedness themed program, then traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with governmental agencies.

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“This program was truly a once in a lifetime experience, I truly have no words to accurately describe how fortunate I feel to have been able to participate. Meeting the scouts, who were so friendly and open to interacting with the American participants, really curbed my original fears of not being able to interact with them.”

Donna is a senior attending Blue Valley West High School. Born and raised, for much of her life, in Seoul, South Korea, Donna has been told from a young age to be a good ‘diplomat’ for the U.S. in foreign nations and seeks to do exactly that in the future, her dreams comprising of becoming a Foreign Service Officer and eventually a diplomat. In her free time, you can find Donna doing everything from managing local political campaigns, sculpting flowers, giving WWI museum tours, reading philosophical thrillers, debating in mock court and model united nations, or practicing classical concertos on her flute and cello.

Tressa is a senior at Olathe Northwest HS. In school Tressa is the editor in chief of the school’s online newspaper and a tutor in the writing center, using her talent in writing to help struggling students. As a passionate writer and reader, Tressa also volunteers at her local library, constantly meeting new and interesting people. In the future Tressa would like to become a journalist, making a difference in the world through writing articles.

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“Every day with the students was like a dream come true. Watching everyone come together and work towards a common goal really inspired me to want to push forward and see where progress can go.”

Oluwaseun is a junior attending Shawnee Mission South High. As a son of Nigerian immigrants, Oluwaseun always wanted to be able to observe other cultures and see what issues were important to them. In the future, Oluwaseun wishes to go into a branch of international relations or law, continuing his passion through his work. Among his many hobbies, Oluwaseun enjoys meeting new people, writing songs, and living every day to the fullest extent.

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“This opportunity allowed me to not only learn a lot from people from a different part of the world, but also got interact with a diverse group of people and even make some amazing friends who I plan to keep in my life for years to come.”

Rajitha is a junior at Notre Dame de Sion High School. In school she is heavily involved in the debate and robotics program. Rajitha is very enthusiastic about learning of new cultures and traditions, and finding cool similarities with different people she meets. To nurture this interest Rajitha is part of the Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance, learning about diverse religions and beliefs. Additionally, Rajitha is interested in politics and is part of the Overland Park teen council where she learns about local politics.

Damaris is a senior at Wyandotte HS. She is a part of choir and the book club. Volunteering at the library and at the elementary schools are some of her favorite ways to help the community. She plans to major in English, become a translator and interpreter, as well as becoming a published writer.

We loved getting to know our amazing American participants! We can’t see to see the amazing impact they have on our own community. thank you to everyone who made the program possible to ensure we prepare the next generation of changemakers.