The AYUSA World Leaders environmental education program is in perfect alignment with UNEP's goal of engaging young people in environmental issues
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San Francisco, CA (Vocus) May 7, 2010
AYUSA Global Youth Exchange today announced that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will provide the keynote address at the first annual AYUSA World Leaders environmental education program. Held at the University of California at Berkeley, this unique summer program for high school students brings together a select group of future leaders from the U.S. and around the world to address how climate change, environmental design and human population affect the global environment.
Amy Fraenkel, UNEP regional director for North America will present the keynote address as the kick-off to the three-week summer program for high school students. Applications are currently being accepted for a limited number of available spots for students from the U.S. and other countries. Based on the AP Environmental Science curriculum, the AYUSA World Leaders environmental education program will help prepare students to become leaders in an increasingly interconnected world.
“The AYUSA World Leaders environmental education program is in perfect alignment with UNEP’s goal of engaging young people in environmental issues,” said Amy Fraenkel, UNEP regional director for North America. "UNEP applauds the World Leaders program, and its vision of fostering a new generation of environmental leaders."
UC Berkeley professors guide students through scientific principles, research and concepts needed to understand the environment as a global issue. Students will learn to analyze both natural and human-made environmental problems, and to examine alternative cross-cultural solutions for resolving or preventing them. Together, students will develop a concrete, environmentally-focused action plan to enact in their home countries. The culmination of the program is a trip to the state capitol where students will present their plans to a panel of California government officials.
"AYUSA World Leaders is like a United Nations climate change conference for high school students," said Sherry Carpenter, executive director of AYUSA Global Youth Exchange. "U.S. students are provided with a unique opportunity to attain a global perspective on environmental issues while engaging with students from around the world – a perfect introduction to leadership in international environmental awareness."
Students will live on campus at the University of California at Berkeley, a global leader in education, research, and environmental stewardship – and the perfect setting for students to study the environmental issues impacting our planet. Its alumni embody the spirit of innovation and include: Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple; Jack London, the author of Call of the Wild; and Tom Anderson, the founder and creator of MySpace.
“Empowering young people to engage in environmental activities today ensures well-informed future leaders who are prepared to tackle global challenges tomorrow,” said Dr. Deborah McKoy, founding director of the Center for Cities & Schools, key partners in the AYUSA World Leaders program at UC Berkeley.
The AYUSA World Leaders program dates are July 25 – August 14, 2010. Applications for U.S. high school students are now being accepted. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old by the program start date. Program fees are $4850 and include housing, meals, classes and excursions. The application deadline is May 30, 2010. Students can apply online at http://www.ayusaworldleaders.org.
About AYUSA World Leaders
AYUSA World Leaders is a new three-week leadership and environmental education program organized by AYUSA Global Youth Exchange. This summer program for high school students brings together promising young people from around the world to share ideas and participate in activities centered on global leadership.
About AYUSA Global Youth Exchange
AYUSA Global Youth Exchange (http://www.ayusa.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980. AYUSA programs provide exchange opportunities to students from around the world with the aim of empowering, inspiring and preparing students to work toward understanding and respecting global cultures to create a peaceful international community. AYUSA Global Youth Exchange is a division of Intrax Cultural Exchange a family of organizations devoted to cultivating international understanding through cultural exchange and educational travel, with operations in over 80 countries worldwide.
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