Youth Diplomats Institute

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Activating the Next Generation of Global Leaders

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Equipping students for success

The Youth Diplomats Institute is a nine-month (September to May) real world program that equips teens in Kansas and Missouri with the tools necessary for success in a global society. Selected participants meet once a month to build cross-cultural communication skills, discover college and career options, network with global experts, and participate in service projects alongside international visitors.


Expose students to different cultures to develop a higher understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Develop student’s professional skills through networking and the development of career tools while also allowing them to learn about different global career paths. 


Prepare the next generation for a global society so that employers can have a successful workforce.  

Allow students to meet and interact with their peers from different communities and schools to develop a better understanding of their own surroundings. 


Featured Stories

Through my experience as a Global Ties KC Youth Diplomat, I was able to establish meaningful connections and friendships through incredible experiences. I learned so much about leadership and communication that I know I will be able to apply in the future. Thank you Global Ties KC!!

Riley Martin

Youth Diplomat 2020- 2021

Featured Stories

Being a youth diplomat with Global Ties KC has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I’ve met so many encouraging, supportive people who have helped me improve my community and myself. From networking dinners to being taught origami, to meeting students from El Salvador, Global Ties KC has provided me with eye-opening opportunities I would have never had without the Youth Diplomats program. This organization is truly devoted to helping people and teaching them about this world.

Andrew Shelton

Youth Diplomat 2021-2022

Interested in the Youth Diplomats Institute?

Applications for the Youth Diplomats Institute 2024-2025 cohort are open now!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements to join the Youth Diplomats Institute?

1. Be open and curious about people and cultures, and

2. Be a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior throughout the full program.

There is no GPA or cost requirement for this program. Global Ties KC is looking for active participation and students who are passionate about claiming their role as citizen diplomats.

Do I have to be able to meet in-person?

There are in-person and virtual Institute options. The Youth Diplomats Institute is better with a diversity of candidates from a variety of communities throughout the Heartland.

Why would I want to be a part of this program?

Decisions are being made today that youth will be dealing with in their lifetime. We believe students have the right to be a part of the decision-making process, so we provide the tools to do so. The Youth Diplomats Institute puts you in intimate meetings with local and global leaders. Additionally, we provide targeted skill building in negotiating, public speaking, and leadership to feel equipped moving into your global future.