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2024 Youth Ambassadors
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December 14, 2023

Congratulations to those selected for the 2024 Youth Ambassadors Program! The 12 students and 2 adult mentors will participate in a leadership development program focused on civic engagement and multiculturalism, which will begin with a 3-week exchange in the United States.

Youth Ambassadors, which has been running in Argentina since 2007, is one of the most sought-after U.S. State Department exchange programs among high school youth.

Meet the selected students:

Juan Bautista Angelero

My name is Juan Bautista Angelero, I live in Gualeguaychú, Entre Ríos, Argentina. I’m in the fifth year of a technical school. I go there because I really like maths and it is very related. I give english classes in a rural school to 20 children from 4 to 11 years old. Something else about me is that I have a black cat called Loki.

 

 

Juan Cruz Gutierrez

I am Juan Cruz Gutierrez from Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina. I’m currently studying at 770 school. My favorite classes are politics and human resources. My civic engagement spans various programs within my city and country, starting as a Dominican Republic Ambassador in a United Nations Model and later participating in the provincial instance of the Mercosur Youth Parliament. Currently being the alternate representative for my province in the international Parliament and provincial representative of technical education schools in Argentina, I am dedicated to promoting teen participation in society and politics. My projects have clear objectives to create equal educational opportunities for all; ensuring students are well informed about their rights.

 

Victoria Laus

I’m Victoria Laus, a student of the Technical Highschool 625 Carlos Guido Spano and I live in Rosario, a city in Santa Fe, Argentina. I love all kinds of art, Taylor Swift, cats, psychology and heavy rain.

 

 

 

Facundo Santucho

My name is Facundo Santucho, I’m 17 years old and I live in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. I’ve just finished the 5th year of secondary school and I’m going to start 6th next year. My favorite classes are history, sociology and communication. I’m in the youth Parliament of Mercosur, which is a program that seeks to allow students to express everything they would improve in their educational institutions and solve everyday problems in the schools. I’m really interested in creating a student union in my school and sharing all that I learn in the program with my community. I’ve been in the scout movement since 2019 and I love nature. Also, I enjoy running and doing exercise. I love cats and playing videogames, and I’m a very big fan of rock and roll music.

Teresa Abigail Mussi

My name is Teresa Mussi and I’m from San Pedro de Jujuy. I’m in the fourth year of high school and next year I’ll be in senior year. One of my favorite subjects is definitely History and one of the worst for me is P.E. Nowadays, I’m part of a foundation called Líderes de Ansenuza. I created my first social project with their help. My project is named “Colores que transforman” – we paint murals around my city to raise awareness of current environmental problems through art. As you can imagine, I love to paint, but I also enjoy reading books and watching real-life series, movies or documentaries.

Priscila Córdoba

I am Priscila Córdoba, a sixteen-year-old residing in Chaco-Resistencia, Argentina. I recently completed my fourth year at a technical school, so I am now entering the fifth year. My favorite classes at school are German and literature. As hobbies, I love reading books and traveling. Regarding volunteer projects, this year I have actively participated in events at church about promoting well-being in our community and imparting values to youth. Additionally, I have committed to participating in a volunteer project at my school next year, focusing on collecting donations for children hospitalized at the central pediatric hospital in my city. A fun fact about me is that I love dogs. I have only two pets, but if it were possible, I would adopt a thousand more, regardless of their breed or color – I adore all of them!

Giuliana Clementin

I am Giuliana Clementin from Neuquén, currently in my last year of high school. While I find motivation from all subjects, my preference lies in biology. To dedicate myself to environmental activism, I am an active member of “Jóvenes por el Clima” in my province. Additionally, I contribute to “Amuji”, an organization empowering girls through talks and workshops, and I have been recognized as a young changemaker in “Tribu 24” (an initiative by Ashoka). Presently, I also serve as a digital content creator for UNICEF Argentina’s social networks. My energy is channeled into various activities, and I am consistently eager to learn. Beyond academics and activism or volunteering, I find joy in writing, practicing tennis (activities for which I have won recognition or awards) and spending time with my dog, Felipe.

Ana Maitena Soria

My name is Maitena Soria from Córdoba, I am 17 years old, and I am completing my 11th year at PRoA School, which specializes in software development. My favorite subject is Ethics and Legislation, although I also enjoy programming. I am the president of the Student Center at my school, the Student Deliberative Council in my city, and the Provincial Council of Adolescents in my province. I greatly enjoy spending time outdoors and sharing with friends.

 

Lautaro Gabriel Perez Martinez

My name is Lautaro. I am 16 years old and I am from Tucumán, Argentina. I am in the fifth year of high school, and my favorite classes are German, Literature, and Mathematics. I also play volleyball. I love meeting new people, making friends, and learning about new cultures. I am a vegetarian and enjoy cooking. My favorite foods are pasta and pizza, and I love mate. I am an environmental activist and seek to make a change in this world. I enjoy learning languages. Currently, I speak Spanish, English, and a bit of German. I am very happy and excited to be part of this program.

 

Jazmín Yannela Verón

I was born in Santiago del Estero and attended primary school in Barranca Colorada in the interior of the province. I then moved to the city where I am currently still studying in the 4th year of high school. I am a very enthusiastic Scout, participate in the Universal Church, practice Taekwondo, and is also a student at ASICANA, a binational English center. I participated in the National History Olympics, the UN provincial model, and in activities related to the environment with Scouts of Argentina in Santiago. I love doing different activities in my free time, and dream of becoming an Ambassador of Argentina in the future.

 

Ignacio Nuñez Garcia

My name is Ignacio Nuñez Garcia, I was born in the Capital but I have been living in Ranelagh, Berazategui, since I was a child. I go to fifth year at the Padre Marquez Institute and I chose Humanities as an orientation, therefore I am really into sociology and citizenship. Plus, I talk properly in English, and I play the violin in the local orchestra. Sometimes we do concerts at the park. On the other hand, in the last year I have been involved in a project called “Sonrisa de Elefante”, which borrows the school grounds to work as a summer camp for 10 days. During that time, volunteer teachers and students receive vulnerable children from surrounding areas until sunset to give them all the happiness possible. I love cats, walking with friends and watching series (especially Science Fiction), and my favorite meal is fried chicken.

Johanna Camila Vera López

Hello, my name is Johanna Vera Lopez. I live in El Carril, Salta. I am in the 4th year of high school, and I am so excited for next year, which is the last one. My preferred classes are Literature and English. I love art, every kind of art actually. I really like writing and reading. Also, I love music, and

that is why I am learning how to play the piano. My favorite artist is Taylor Swift; she is one of my biggest inspirations. Furthermore, I would like to say that I volunteer at my local church where I am in charge of taking care of the little ones. I also enjoy spending time in the countryside because since I was a little girl, my father taught me how to ride a horse. My horse’s name is Guitarra. This is my favorite summer activity.

 

Meet the mentors:

Mariana Rocío Heredia

My name is Mariana Heredia. I live in Córdoba, Argentina, where I work as an English teacher for different schools and for our national university, UNC. I’m passionate about teaching and learning. I also volunteer with Crecer, a project in which we work with kids in vulnerable areas. As for my hobbies, I love going swimming, and I’ve been practicing this sport since I was 5 years old. In my free time, I love playing the piano and reading (I love Sherlock Holmes!). Most afternoons you can catch me walking around the neighborhood with my beloved dog, Freddie.

 

Patricio Roque Cherny

My name is Patricio Cherny and I live in Buenos Aires. I am an English to Spanish translator, and I have also been working as a teacher during the last 6 years, teaching both adults and teenage students. After work I like spending my time singing and performing, as I am also part of a musical theater group. My guilty pleasure is Christmas, and I am a date freak who will probably never forget any birthday or anniversary.