SUNY Cobleskill Hosts Central American Youth
SUNY Cobleskill, in partnership with Schenevus and Cobleskill-Richmondville High Schools, hosted a delegation of Central American youth in January 2011. The Central American Youth Ambassadors Program highlights topics such as civic engagement, community activism, entrepreneurship and leadership development. The ambassadors spend three weeks in the United States as part of the program – one week in Washington, D.C., one week at SUNY Cobleskill and one week at Northern Michigan University.
The 22 students, comprised of teenagers from Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatamala, were selected from underserved and/or disadvantaged populations. While at SUNY Cobleskill, the delegation heard from local and college officials; toured local attractions such as Howe Caverns, the Iroquois Indian Museum and the New York State Museum; and participated in other leadership oriented activities. The students and chaperones stayed with host families in the Schenevus and Cobleskill-Richmondville school districts.
Funded by the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Youth Ambassadors Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University. It offers youth from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama the opportunity to experience and expand their knowledge of U.S. culture, society and education. The overarching program goal is to increase mutual understanding among peoples of the Americas. Students gain knowledge and experience, but also prepare for a lifetime of leadership and community service.