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Addressing the Needs of Underserved and At-Risk Youth
June 12, 2016 - June 15, 2016
The economic and civic marginalization of youth populations poses challenges for societies and threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of nations. In support of the 2014 Summit of the Americas and its call for action on continuing and new challenges in the hemisphere, this project will focus on U.S. efforts to expand educational, social, and employment opportunities for at-risk and disadvantaged youth. CCWA will host participants from the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Uruguay. They will explore best practices for programs with focuses in prevention, academia and faith, and societal re-entry.
Participants will also observe a variety of governmental and private sector educational, social, and recreational initiatives and programs for youth. They will learn about family support initiatives; sports and after-school activities; truancy and dropout prevention projects; job training; and programs to counter gang activity. Participants will explore the efforts of community-based organizations as well as programs supported by local, state, and national government entities.
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 email@example.com or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.