Youth Programs

The Embassy sponsors a number of programs for young people. More details may be found below.

The Youth Ambassadors Program, an initiative of the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the organization World Learning, is designed to send outstanding Argentine secondary school students from all over the country to the United States for three weeks to learn about U.S. society and culture and to share Argentina’s culture with people in the United States. Through this exchange program, the Youth Ambassadors will strengthen ties of friendship, improve their English, and also acquire new ideas for community service.

In a three week cultural exchange and leadership program that also focuses on youth citizen diplomacy and service and volunteerism, the Youth Ambassadors program offers students new international opportunities and experiences to broaden their knowledge of U.S. culture, society, and education. The participants and U.S. audiences will increase the mutual understanding among peoples of the Americas.  The Youth Ambassadors program will not only provide new knowledge and experience for participants, but also prepare them for a lifetime of leadership and community service.

Structure: The Argentine and Chilean Youth Ambassadors will travel to the state of Virginia first for a program orientation. The delegations will be divided into Groups later and will travel to different States. Students will live with host families, take part in volunteer activities, and participate in cultural and sport events. Lastly, the youth ambassadors will travel to Washington D.C. where they will meet with representatives of embassies and other institutions.

Eligibility

Student applicants should…..

  • Be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old at the time of the exchange;
  • Have the ability to speak in English (students will engage in home-stays with host families that do not speak Spanish);
  • Attend public high school or a subsidized private school;
  • Not have traveled previously to the U.S.; and
  • Have permission from parents or legal guardians to participate in the three-week program in the United States.

Adult mentor applicants must…

  • be citizens and have current residency in Argentina (applicants with dual U.S. citizenship will not be considered);
  • be active in working with teenagers in either a high school or community setting;
  • Minimum age: 27 years old
  • be willing to spend three weeks in the United States living with Argentine and Chilean teens;
  • be willing and able to meet periodically with selected students from their city/region, to support and monitor their follow-up work;
  • be proficient in English; and
  • have traveled abroad in the past.

The program will cover all expenses related to the program.

 

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the state of West Virginia and the National Youth Science Foundation, and is aimed at students with high academic achievement who have a demonstrated interest in the sciences.

More information about the Program

To reach many outstanding students who do not have access to quality English training, the U.S. Embassy has had the privilege of launching the English Access Micro-Scholarship program which enables eligible students to attend English courses at various binational centers across Argentina.

This worldwide program was started by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, in 2004 and since its inception 95,000 students have participated in it from over 85 countries. Access provides a foundation of English language skills to talented high-school students from disadvantaged sectors through after school classes and intensive sessions for two years. It also gives students an opportunity to gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values.

It is the hope that graduates will successfully contribute to the socio-economic development of their countries in the future, and improve their chances of taking part in U.S. educational and exchange programs. This high profile, public diplomacy initiative demonstrates the United States’ dedication to education and cultural understanding. The Embassy is proud to offer this program in Argentina.

Since 2009, 1,520 scholarships have been awarded through Bi-national centers in Argentina. In 2015 a total of 200 scholarship students will participate in Access at binational centers in 10 cities throughout Argentina: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Salta, Mendoza, Santa Fe, San Francisco (Cordoba), Comodoro Rivadavia, San Rafael, Santiago del Estero, Cordoba, and  Parana.

For information on how to postulate for the program, you should contact the Binational Center for your city:

The Buenos Aires Provincial Youth Leaders Program equips high school students from Buenos Aires Province with the knowledge and skills to turn their ideas for improving their communities into action. Nine Argentine students are selected to participate in a three-week exchange in the United States. The program focuses on civic education, leadership development, entrepreneurship, and social impact.

Participants will develop the following skills:

  1. A better understanding of the elements of entrepreneurship and social impact as practiced in the United States.
  2. Critical thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills.
  3. Community service project ideas and a course of action to bring projects to fruition.
  4. A greater understanding of and appreciation for diversity and international relationships.

Before the exchange, participants will benefit from an orientation to expose them to U.S. culture, educational institutions, and businesses. They will learn the fundamentals of social impact and build skill sets for developing their community service projects. Participants will then travel to the United States, accompanied by an adult mentor, for three weeks of leadership development training.

Participants will spend seven days in Washington DC, conducting site visits and trainings with civic, business, and government organizations, before traveling to Johnson City, Tennessee for two weeks of cultural exchange. Participants will stay with host families to better immerse them in U.S. culture while attending Partners of the Americas’ Youth Lead Curriculum workshops.

The program equips youth to address the problems facing Buenos Aires, such as high unemployment rates, and civic and educational disengagement among young adults. Participants will return to Argentina prepared to design and lead a community service project. During the five months following the exchange, participants will use what they have learned to develop and lead innovative and entrepreneurial projects benefiting Buenos Aires.

Applicants must:

  • Be 15-17 years old during the time of the exchange.
  • Be Argentine citizens (those with U.S. dual citizenship will not be considered).
  • Be residents of Buenos Aires province, excluding Buenos Aires city.
  • Have an intermediate level of English.

The application is free, and the U.S. Embassy in Argentina will cover the costs of all travel, lodging, meals, administrative expenses, visa fees, insurance, educational materials, some cultural activities, and a stipend for some personal expenses. Participants are only responsible for expenses related to the application process, such as passport fees, photocopies, photos, etc.

The Advanced Space Academy — run by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center —offers 15 to 17 year-old high school students the opportunity to explore college and career preparation through an immersive experience in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM). Fifty Argentine high school students and three adult mentors will be selected to participate in a weeklong Space Camp in the United States. The Space Camp will take part the week of September 22-27 in Huntsville, Alabama.

More information about the program.