The 2nd National Meeting of Youth Leaders “Learning about Leadership and Volunteer Work” started on February 7 in Buenos Aires. The meeting was organized by alumni of State Department exchange programs with support from the Embassy to commemorate Black History Month. During the event, 18 students and Youth Ambassador volunteers participated in a movie debate about the film “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play baseball in the major league.
The movie debate was held at ICANA and was opened by Cultural Affairs Officer Kerri Hannan. Following the movie, the students shared their views with Vice-Consul Joshua Finch. Participants highlighted Robinson’s perseverance and the importance of his family and friends’ support.
During the program, the students, representing places as far from the capital as La Quiaca and Usuhaia, participate in workshops on values and leadership, and complete a volunteer project. The program also includes a chance to meet with representatives from companies or organizations related to the students’ interests.