UVA Center for Politics Hosts Youth Ambassadors from the Caribbean

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the University of Virginia Center for Politics kicked off the Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean. The program is operated by the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy Program in partnership with World Learning and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This will be the 28th exchange group to come to UVA as a part of the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy program, and it will feature 12 high-achieving youth leaders and two educators from across Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. They will participate in a number of educational events and programs focusing on leadership development and civic engagement.

Members of the media interested in the Youth Ambassadors exchange are welcome to attend any of the following events:

— Wednesday, Aug. 14: Service project with Habitat for Humanity and the Habitat Store from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

— Thursday, Aug. 15: Rapper Shad Gill and the Arts and Civic Engagement from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at UVA’s Jefferson Hall (Hotel C).

— Friday, Aug. 16: Service project with Friends of the Blue Ridge at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— Monday, Aug. 19: Lecture on Youth Civic Engagement and American Politics by UVA Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at UVA’s Jefferson Hall (Hotel C).

— Tuesday, Aug. 20: Service Project with Loaves and Fishes from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

— Thursday, Aug. 22: Visit to Orange County High School from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

— Thursday, Aug. 22: Caribbean Countries and Cultures street performance on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Location is most likely 3rd St. and E. Main St, call Daman Irby at the time for the specific location at 434-981-7965.)

The Charlottesville portion of the Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean is coordinated by the Center for Politics’ Global Perspectives on Democracy program. GPD fosters dialogue between the United States and other countries through public events and international exchanges. Visit www.centerforpolitics.org/gpd.html for more information about GPD programming.