MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana seeks four high school juniors from Missoula and Lake counties to travel as Youth Ambassadors to Korea for 10 days. Applications for this fully funded opportunity close Friday, Oct. 25, and are online at www.umt.edu/mansfield.
In the spirit of cultivating culturally sensitive leaders of tomorrow, The Korea Society in New York and the Pacific Century Institute in Los Angeles are inviting Montana youth to join their cohort of Youth Ambassadors in the Project Bridge intercultural youth leadership program.
During a six-month academic enrichment program, students build their understanding of race relations, leadership, and Korean society and culture through engaging bimonthly workshops. The project culminates in a fully funded 10-day study tour of the Republic of Korea in April 2020, followed by a community service project or presentation.
During the study tour, students interact with top Korean government and business officials, sharpening their intercultural and leadership skills. The Youth Ambassadors graduate from the program not only with a new network across the U.S. and Korea, but also with a deeper sense of the layers of diversity around them.
“This is the first time in the 27-year history of the program that we have been able to include rural and indigenous representation to an urban cohort of participants from New York City and Los Angeles,” said Deena Mansour, Mansfield Center interim executive director. “The enhanced composition of the delegation will further deepen the bridging of cultures, as the students explore diversity, not only between the U.S. and Korea, but across our own nation.”
Mansfield Center Program Manager Sophie DeMartine will accompany the group to Korea.
“Project Bridge will engage the selected Youth Ambassadors in a country that they’ve only read about in the news,” DeMartine said. “Making connections with cultures so different from our own will significantly enhance the global education they’re getting right here at home.”
Students who complete the program join a strong Youth Ambassador Alumni network that opens doors both nationally and internationally.
The Mansfield Center welcomes Project Bridge as part of its mission to foster globally minded leaders of integrity. International dialogue and cultural exchange are vital to the Mansfield Center's mission to enhance mutual understanding between the United States, Asia and the world.
For more information visit the Mansfield Center website at www.umt.edu/mansfield or call DeMartine at 406-243-2944.