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.

Youth Ambassadors Program with South America 2016

For the past three years, Global Ties KC has participated in the Youth Ambassadors Program with South America, which brings students from Argentina and Chile to the Kansas City community. This program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.

Participants engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve the needs of their communities.

Youth Leadership Program 2016

For the 2016 Youth Leadership Program, Global Ties KC hosted 9 students and 2 adult facilitators from Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. The students stayed in the homes of local host families for 9 days, during which time they learned leadership and team-building skills while engaging in the community. Delegates attended classes at Shawnee Mission East High School, volunteered at Harvesters and the Youth Volunteer Corps, visited the Nelson-Atkins and World War I Museums, interacted with Kansas City civic and business leaders, and participated in leadership and advocacy workshops. The students had the opportunity to explore Kansas City culture, and enjoyed an afternoon of bowling.

Jóvenes en Acción 2015

Jóvenes en Acción, or youth in action, is a Mexican youth exchange program sponsored by the Department of State and implemented by World Learning and Global Ties KC. This is the second year that Global Ties KC has hosted this sprogram. While in the United States, the students participated in various cultural and professional activities to further their civic engagement and leadership skills. The high school students and adults escorts were selected by their U.S. Embassy based on academic performance and community involvement.

Youth Leadership Program 2015

For the 2015 Youth Leadership Program, Kansas City hosted 7 students and 2 adult facilitators from Peru and Ecuador. The students learned about key environmental issues, both in Kansas City and abroad, as well as the best practices for organizing and problem solving within their respective communities.The delegates had a chance to directly interact and converse with local high school students in an American Spanish language class while the adult facilitators had a chance to meet with their American counterparts at the school. The students also had a chance to attend a Kansas City Royals baseball game in the middle of the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. The circumstances surrounding the game made for an amazing stadium atmosphere that none of the kids had ever experienced before.

Kosovo Youth Exchange Program 2014-2015

The highly selective Kosovo Youth Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA). Participants are selected by the embassy in Kosovo and CCWA based not only on their academic abilities, but also their merit, leadership skills, interest in civic activism, desire to improve their communities, personality, ideas, and English language proficiency.

The KYEP participants were in Kansas City for a full academic year, and in that time they lived with a host family and attended a local high school. During their stay, students focused on their leadership development skills and were provided opportunities for cross-cultural exchange with local citizens.