The US Department of State invited staff and participants of the Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program, a World Learning exchange program, to a gathering Thursday in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the Brazilian students and reaffirmed the importance of strengthening ties between Brazil and the United States.
“I hope that this is a start of an even better relationship between Brazil and the United States,” said Clinton, who opened the meeting with brief remarks before giving the 36 Brazilian high school students, aged 15-18, an opportunity to ask her questions. Read the remarks and watch a video of the event.
Clinton praised the Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program as part of US efforts to deepen its relationship and forge alliances with Brazil and several other Latin American countries, a goal outlined by President Obama during his State of the Union address in January. The meeting with the Brazil Youth Ambassadors also comes less than a month after Clinton attended the inauguration of Brazil’s first woman president, Dilma Rousseff.
“I hope that all [Brazil Youth Ambassadors] will be part of our continuing outreach … not just between our governments and our leaders, but between our people,” Clinton said.
The Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program is administered by World Learning in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the US Embassy in Brazil. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding between the people of the US and Brazil and prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities.