US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Brazilian Youth Ambassadors Program by hosting 45 Brazilian high school students at the US State Department today.
Secretary Clinton said the US greatly values its relationship with Brazil, and the youth ambassadors can play a key role in creating a cross-cultural “superhighway” between the two countries.
World Learning administers the program, which is funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the US Embassy in Brazil. The program is carried out in partnership with Brazil’s Council of State Secretariats of Education, the US-Brazil Bi-national Centers Network, and the private sector.
For three weeks, the Brazilian youth learned about leadership, volunteerism, responsible citizenship, and US culture while visiting and living with local families in one of five US cities: Charlotte, N.C.; Bozeman, Mont.; Tulsa, Okla.; Seattle, Wash., and Cleveland, Ohio. The students were selected among 7,500 applicants for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement. A similar group of US students will enjoy their own educational exchange to Brazil this year.
The Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program has been so successful over the last 10 years that the State Department now considers it a model for promoting youth leadership and mutual understanding between US and Brazilian citizens. The program is being duplicated in more than 25 countries in the western hemisphere.
Watch or read Secretary Clinton’s remarks to the Brazilian youth.