In Your Community

The Smithsonian Latino Center’s Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a nationally recognized program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of community-conscious Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.

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  • Young Ambassadors in Your Community

    The Young Ambassadors Program and its Alumni Network implement the Alcancemos community outreach events that include mentor days at local high schools and summer library reading days, which aim to foster Latino success in K-12 and higher education by establishing community near-peer mentors and role models discussing educational opportunities.

  • YAP in the Media

    To learn more about the 2018 Young Ambassadors Program Summer internships, read these selected blog posts.
    Want to hear from YAP Alumni? Read our Alumni Voices Blog.
    Jazmin Chavez participates in the 2015 Young Ambassadors Program, Falls Church News Press Online.
    Jorge Palacios, 2015 Young Ambassador Reflects on his SAMA internship, Rivard Report.
    Alexander Chunda, 2016 Young Ambassador reflects on his summer at SAMA.
    Nicolas Orozco Valdivia, 2013 Young Ambassador discusses the YAP program impact, CBS 2 Los Angeles.

  • Press Release

    Click here for the 2018 Young Ambassadors Program Press Release.

  • “The mission of the alumni network is a necessity and vital to the production of successful Latino professionals. Thank you for helping me become that- not only my dream but my parent’s dream”
    –2008 Young Ambassador