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Addressing the Needs of Underserved and At-Risk Youth

June 19, 2016 - June 23, 2016

In June, CCWA welcomes 4 representatives from Venezuela to investigate, explore, and discuss issues relating to at-risk and disadvantaged youth populations. This project will highlight U.S. efforts to expand educational, social, and employment opportunities for these populations while also helping them to avoid crime, violence, substance abuse, and sub-standard academic performance. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of governmental and private sector initiatives and programs and examine the efforts of organizations at the local, state, and national level.

A distinct aspect of this program is the opportunity for participants to experience American culture and values during the project. This program aims to advance dialogue in conversations of at-risk youth populations in a variety of ways; participants will have a home hospitality experience with an American family while also exploring organizations in Cleveland, such as Esperanza, Inc., The Cleveland Foundation, Peace in the Hood, and The Rainey Institute, that will positively contribute to their project experiences.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


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