Here at Global Ties KC, we believe that everyone should have access to global connections, regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s why we’re especially excited to welcome 14 international students from underserved backgrounds to Kansas City as part of the 2023 Youth Ambassadors in Community Service (YACS) French Exchange Program.
The students, who will be in KC July 20-26, will spend the week developing the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to become more engaged in their communities, learning about the U.S. education system, and furthering their understanding of the United States. As part of their time here, they will develop community action plans to implement when they return home and meet with local peer ambassadors who will help connect them with other young leaders during their stay.
In addition to the group coming to Kansas City, World Chicago and Gulf Coast Diplomacy will also be hosting students in their respective communities, for a total of 40 students arriving in the U.S. this July.
The students’ visit to the U.S. is part of a larger, year-long learning experience. Established in 2008, the YACS Program selects high-school participants from underserved backgrounds across France, including the French Caribbean, to participate in a training program that encourages volunteerism, self-confidence, intercultural sensitivity, and independence.
Global Ties KC is excited to implement the YACS program here in KC and is grateful for the support of the U.S. Embassy France Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Department of State and Association Jeunes Ambassadeurs Alumni (Youth Ambassadors Alumni Association).