Training the next generation of global leaders.
WorldChicago is a local coordinator for U.S. Department of State Youth Leadership Programs for international high school students and adult mentors. These short, yet dynamic programs inspire cross-cultural dialogue, build respect and mutual understanding, and boost civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers. Youth reside with Chicago-area host families for 1–2 weeks during their exchange to get a full immersion into everyday life in America. During the day, groups participate in hands-on workshops, skills training sessions, volunteer activities, and cultural events.
In 2014, WorldChicago hosted almost 150 international youth ages 11–19 from more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.
“This was a life changing experience, a risk definitely worth taking.” — Youth leader from Iraq
To learn more about hosting a youth in your home or your classroom, please email Maria Krasinski or call 312.254.1800 x102.
Creating international experiences for Chicago youth.
Youth Leadership Programs also create opportunities for Chicago students to connect with world affairs on a local level and build global competency. They might participate in joint workshops with international youth; have youth and professional visitors visit their classroom; or host an international “sibling” with their families. Read one CPS student’s experience as a host and program volunteer.
Our youth partners and hosts also receive first notice when opportunities arise for Chicago youth to travel abroad on similar exchanges.
Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil: April 11–May 2, 2015
Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina & Chile: May 27–June 17, 2015
Chicago is one of just 10 cities nationwide eligible to submit U.S. student and mentor applicants for two fully-funded exchange programs with either Brazil or Argentina and Chile, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by World Learning. Open to high school students ages 15–17 and adults actively working with youth in either a high school or community settings.
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Youth Leadership Program with Japan & South Korea: August 10–14, 2015
In summer 2015, WorldChicago will host young female leaders from Japan and South Korea for a program on entrepreneurship, specifically relating to business, environmental protection, and technology. Six Chicago-area female students, ages 16–18, will be invited to participate in the program alongside our international students. It will be a “day camp” style experience where the Chicago students join us every program day, approximately 9 AM to 5 PM. Activities are a mix of meetings with experts and other youth groups, hands-on workshops, volunteer activities, and cultural outings. All international students speak English.
Online application now open! Click here to apply.
Deadline: February 11, 2015
For more information, email Maria Krasinski or call 312.254.1800 x102.
“Before WorldChicago I wanted to be a lawyer. And after WorldChicago, I want to be an ambassador.”
— Cortez Alexander, Chicago youth leader
WorldChicago is proud to work with local K-12 schools to bring global perspectives into Chicago classrooms. 2014 school partners included:
● George Westinghouse College Prep
● Kelly High School
● Lindblom Math & Science Academy
● Morgan Park Academy
● Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy
● Walter Payton College Prep
● Westmont Junior High School