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Young Ambassadors Program

Community-Conscious Leaders

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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.

Watch “A Decade of Empowerment: Young Ambassadors Alumni Perspectives” to hear what YAP alumni have to say about the program.

Application Process

The next application cycle will open early winter 2020.
Review the following resources to learn about the program and application process:

Washington Week

YAP students experience a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and participate in workshops with preeminent Latino scholars and leaders. After a week in Washington, the fellows conduct internships at one of 17 partner cultural or science museums across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Students also participate in community outreach events with local libraries to promote early childhood literacy.
Watch these videos to learn more about Washington Week:

Community Impact

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As a Young Ambassador, you will get to impact your community through your Internship experience.

Nuestra Familia

The YAP Alumni Network keeps students engaged beyond the internship and provides them with continuing professional and leadership development opportunities. The YAP network has a 97% graduation rate and is known for transforming high school graduates into college-educated, early-career professionals poised for success. Many alumni embark on successful careers in the arts, business, education, and technology sectors, among others.

To learn more about the Alumni Network's 2018 activities, watch this Prezi presentation.

Check out YAP in Action, visit our FLICKR page.

Click here for the Young Ambassador Program Alumni Long Term 2017 Evaluation.

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.

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