AYUSA Proposal Selected as Top Program by U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy

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AYUSA program to be highlighted at upcoming U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy, November 16-20, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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We are thrilled that AYUSA's proposal for a U.S./Africa Youth Exchange Initiative was selected for presentation at the U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy

AYUSA, a nonprofit promoting global learning and leadership through foreign exchange, study abroad and leadership programs for high school students, is pleased to announce its citizen diplomacy program proposal has been selected as a Top Program by the K-12 Task Force and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD). The program will be highlighted as a key component of the upcoming U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy, to be held November 16-19, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled that AYUSA’s proposal for a U.S./Africa Youth Exchange Initiative was selected for presentation at the U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy,” said Sherry Carpenter, executive director of AYUSA. “By offering foreign exchange programs geared toward urban and minority American youth – populations not traditionally served by existing programs– AYUSA and its partners hope to increase the number and diversity of young Americans engaging in international activities, encouraging these students toward a lifetime of citizen diplomacy.”

According to the most recent youth exchange statistics from CSIET, less than one percent of U.S. high school students study abroad. Minority representation is minimal. When high school students do study abroad, most choose European countries, with less than five percent of U.S. students selecting a country in Africa.

In preparation for the Summit, Task Forces in nine sectors – business, community-based organizations, development assistance, global health, higher education, international cultural engagement, international voluntary service, K-12 education, and youth service - were created to highlight ways in which organizations can expand existing initiatives and offer new and innovative programs to encourage more engagement of Americans in global citizen diplomacy. Each selected proposal focuses on at least one of seven major global challenges that Americans can address, either working collaboratively with fellow American or with international partners. These include:

  •     Preserving the Environment
  •     Reducing Poverty & Disease
  •     Increasing Respect for Human Rights
  •     Creating a Globally Competent Society
  •     Encouraging Cultural Engagement
  •     Achieving Food Security
  •     Securing U.S. & Global Financial Security

The K-12 Education Task Force will address innovative and creative methods for developing globally competent students in American schools, by focusing on ways in which global education can be presented to millions of children beginning in preschool through secondary education. Selected organizations will showcase what has been accomplished in several states and demonstrate how quality global competency can be achieved through new collaborations.

The U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy is a national meeting presented by the USCCD in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. The Summit is designed to broaden the momentum generated from the work of the USCCD as a national resource base and network for Americans to be engaged as citizen diplomats.

The Summit will be the first such meeting since President Eisenhower’s People-to-People conference on the same subject 54 years ago, and will serve as the launch for a “Decade of Citizen Diplomacy” with a goal to double the number of American citizen diplomats by 2020.

A complete listing of the selected Top Program organizations and detailed information about the U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy may be found at: http://www.usc4cd.org/summit .

AYUSA and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy stand together in their commitment to the expansion and promotion of citizen diplomacy initiatives and urge their fellow Americans to join the effort.

About AYUSA
AYUSA Global Youth Exchange (http://www.ayusa.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to promote global learning and leadership through foreign exchange, study abroad and leadership programs for high school students from the U.S. and around the world. In addition, AYUSA administers multiple high profile grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of State. AYUSA is part of the Intrax Cultural Exchange family of organizations devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 80 countries worldwide.

The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2006 to promote and expand opportunity for all Americans to be citizen diplomats, and affirm the indispensible value of citizen involvement in foreign relations. Additional information about the USCCD and the U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy may be found at: http://www.usc4cd.org

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