The U.S. Department of State, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and World Learning once again present the Jóvenes En Acción Young Leaders Exchange Program from Mexico!
Jóvenes En Acción Young Leaders Exchange Program: Louisville, Kentucky
Host Community Dates: July 18 – 30, 2017
World Learning Participant Numbers: 10-12 Mexican students / 1 American Adult Mentor(s)
Jóvenes En Acción Young Leaders Exchange Program:
Duration: September 2012 to April 2017
Funders: Secretaría de Educación Pública , US Dept. of State – Bureau of Educational and Cult
Contact: [email protected]
The program taught me I can be a part of change in the world, and that I can influence another generation.
2016 Jóvenes en Acción participant
Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action), is a four-week summer exchange program in the United States focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development for Mexican high school students. The program includes subthemes that focus on how local communities can develop a culture of lawfulness by addressing problems related to gangs, violence, substance abuse, bullying, human rights, or social disintegration.
Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes, interactive training, presentations, and visits to high schools, supplementary English language classes, local cultural activities, and more.
Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by planning and carrying out service projects in their home communities.
Students travel to the United States in July to World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT; followed by homestays in cities across the United States; concluding their program in Washington, DC.
Alumni conferences are held regionally throughout Mexico, as well as annually in Mexico City.
Program Goals & Objectives, as defined by the Department of State
The goals of the program are to:
Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Mexico;
Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; and
Nurture a cadre of students to be actively engaged in addressing issues of concern in their schools and communities upon their return home, and to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become citizen activists.
“The whole program was an amazing experience…I learned a lot and met some of the most important people I may ever know.” -2015 Jóvenes en Acción participant
Examples of Jóvenes en Acción Alumni Projects
¡No te bajes, espera tu parada! Don’t get off, wait for your stop! – Youth in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila created a peer tutoring program in their school to help students succeed in their studies. They are also coordinating workshops and motivational speakers for after school events.
No conoces mi historia. You don’t know my story – Youth in Monterrey, Nuevo León have been facilitating anti-bullying, leadership, and positive values workshops in their high school as well as a local preschools and elementary schools.
Alza la mano por un hogar sano. Raise your hand for a healthy home – Youth in Matamoros, Tamaulipas have been leading monthly workshops and conferences for parents and high school-aged students to teach tools for managing healthy relationships.
“I can tell that I am part of a complicated society but when you are willing to help your community in different activities, I feel so happy and proud that my example and my actions are the guide for other young people.” -2014 Jóvenes en Acción participant
The final segment of each exchange takes place in Washington, DC and will focus on synthesizing the initial program segments and developing community project plans that the students will implement when they return home.
Please contact the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana if you would like to volunteer as a host family for one of these amazing young students!
Brian Easley – WAC Visitor Program Manager – [email protected]