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U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil




U.S. High School Student Application Instructions and Essay Questions


APPLICATION DEADLINE:

January 10, 2015 11:59 PM EST

High School applicants should become familiar with the online application instructions attached below, write down their answers to the essay questions, and then input the information into the online application at

http://www.regonline.com/byap2015


           

                 

The U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil is a three week youth leadership exchange during April 2015 based in Brazil for ten American teenagers ages 15-17 and one adult mentor. The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Brazil and the U.S. who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current and global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in both Brazil and the U.S., and to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between the United States and South America.  Participants will be required to implement follow-on activities upon their return home that will help the participants stay in touch with each other and reflect on their experiences and integrate that learning into their day-to-day lives at home. An important goal of the program is that the student leaders, now empowered, will train other student leaders through student led community oriented service projects.

Program Sponsors and Partners:

  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division

  • U.S. Embassy in Brazil

  • World Learning

  • Global Ties partners: Seattle, Portland, Reno, Tulsa, Kansas City, Pensacola, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Charlottesville and DC.

 Program Goals:

1)      To promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Brazil;

2)      To prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities;

3)      To influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation; and

4)      To foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups and create networks of hemispheric youth leaders, both within Brazil and internationally.
Program Design:

The Brazil program will begin with a two-day orientation workshop in Washington, DC before the group departs for Brazil, where they will have an introduction and participate in meetings with U.S. Embassy staff.  Following the orientation in Brazil, the group will split into community program teams for homestays and programming activities organized and implemented by alumni of the Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program.  The American students will then reunite for a re-entry and follow-on program segment, which will include action planning and evaluation sessions. More details will be available upon final selection of participants.

What is covered?

There is no application fee for applicants.

The U.S. Government will pay for international transportation to and from the United States, domestic travel to Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC, orientations, program and visa fees and administration, site visits and seminars, lodging and meals, some cultural activities, educational materials, accident and sickness insurance while in Brazil, and a modest amount of pocket money.  Participants will stay with volunteer host families and in youth conference centers.

Participants are responsible for expenses related to the application process (copying, mailing, photographs, etc.), passport fees, vaccination fees (if applicable) and spending money for souvenirs and other items.

Who is eligible to apply?

Student applicants must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen

    • be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old at the time of the exchange (birth years between 1997-2000);

    • have a high school graduation year of 2016 or later;

    • attend a public high school, a public charter high school, or home-schooled ;

    • live within the area of jurisdiction of one of the program Global Ties partners: Seattle, Portland, Reno, Tulsa, Kansas City, Pensacola, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Charlottesville, and DC.

    • have no previous travel outside of the United States (certain circumstances for travel outside of the United States may be accepted, including but not limited to foreign adoption)

    • have permission from either a parent or legal guardian to participate in the three-week program, April 11- May 2, 2015; and

    • submit a complete application, essays, including photograph, letters of recommendations, references, parent/guardian consent form.

NOT ELIGIBLE:

  • Students with previous travel outside of the United States, Mexico, or Canada

  • Students with dual American/Brazilian citizenship

  • Students who attend private high school

 

What are the criteria for selection?

Students will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • a demonstrated interest in and commitment to volunteer and civic activities;

  • ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and tolerate the opinions of others;

  • leadership potential;

  • good social and communication skills;

  • good academic performance;

  • an energetic, positive attitude; and

  • ability to implement projects that benefit the applicant’s school and/or community.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by World Learning

  • Semi-finalists will be contacted by World Learning for an interview.

  • Due to large quantity of applications received, it is not possible to inform all applicants of their status

  • Additional questions should be emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning.org

Required Documents to be submitted with a completed Application

  • A photo of yourself. (Your face must be visible and clear)

  • Two Letters of Recommendation -  Neither should be an adult who is related to you (attached or emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning by January 10, 2015 11:59 PM EST)

  • Signed Parent/Guardian Information. (Attached to your application or emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning.org by January 10, 2015 11:59 PM EST)


Note: Any documents sent to youthprograms@worldlearning.org must reference the applicant's Full Name and document type in the subject line of the email. For example, "Carolina Silva, Signed Parent/Guardian Information"

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

(IMPORTANT)

The U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil is an online application. You can access the application at www.regonline.com/byap2015.  Please follow instructions carefully.

**It is important to know that you cannot save data in your application until you have completed all the fields. We recommend looking at the application to become familiar with it, preparing your answers to the essays (the essay questions are included on this form), and then entering all the information at once. Once you have done this and submitted your application, you can return to it using the password you create to make edits, change your answers, or upload required documents.**

Two Hour Time Limit: Prepare Ahead!

  • When you log in, you will have TWO HOURS to submit the application before it times out. It is important to know that you will not be able to save data in your application unless you enter all required fields and submit it within those two hours.

  • Prepare Ahead: We suggest that you look over the application, prepare your essay answers ahead of time, and then complete all the fields when you are ready.

  • Work Offline: You may write the application or essays in Microsoft Word (or any other program), and then paste your answers into the application. Please pay attention to the word limits on the essay questions.

  • At the end of the application, applicants will be required to certify that the application was written using only their OWN words.

To Look at or Begin Your Application

  • To begin, click Register on the website. You must have a valid email address to start the application.

The online application contains several sections:

PART I: PERSONAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION

  • This section is where you will input general information like your name, city, school name, and telephone number. You will also upload your photo to this section.

  • PASSWORD: In Part 1, you will also create your own password to access your application after you have submitted it. WRITE DOWN YOUR PASSWORD. You will need it if you want to make changes or upload documents to your application before the January 10, 2015 deadline. There is a link to change your password if you forget it. REMEMBER, YOUR PASSWORD ONLY TAKES EFFECT WHEN YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION.

PART II: PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION

  • This section is where you will input contact information regarding your parent(s) or legal guardian(s). There is also a form at the end of the document, the PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT FORM. You will need to print this form, have your parents sign it, scan it, and then email it to youthprograms@worldlearning.org.

PART III: INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL HISTORY

  • This section is where you will input information regarding your international travel history.

  • Please note that prior history of travel outside the United States may disqualify you as an applicant. However, certain circumstances for travel outside of the United States may be accepted, on a case by case basis, so please explain this in the space provided on the application.

PART IV: STUDENT LANGUAGE ABILITIES

  • This section is where you will input information regarding the languages you speak/study, if any.

PART V: STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • This section is where you will input information about your extracurricular, volunteer, and/or social activities you are involved.

PART VI: SHORT ESSAYS

  • This section is where you will input your answer to the short essays. We recommend answering the questions first when you are offline. Then, when you are ready to submit your application, you can either cut-and-paste or type your answers to the questions into the online application.

PART VII: LONG ESSAYS

  • This section is where you will input your answer to the long essays. We recommend answering the questions first when you are offline. Then, when you are ready to submit your application, you can either cut-and-paste or type your answers to the questions into the online application.

PART VIII: REFERENCES

  • This section is where you will input information for five (5) adult references who are not related to you. These references may be teachers, mentors, advisors and may include the two adults who provide letters of reference. One or more references may be contacted during the application process to provide an account of their knowledge of you.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

There are two LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FORMS attached to this document. You will need to print them out and give them to a professor or another adult who is not related to you to fill out. The two completed forms need to be emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning.org.

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

  • Once you have answered all the questions, click the CONTINUE button at the bottom of the application. If you click the button and are not able to move to the REVIEW & SUBMIT page, it is because there are incomplete fields on your application. Look for the mc900433883[1] sign, which will show you where you are missing information.

  • At the next screen, click the FINISH button. You will get a confirmation email sent to you. REMEMBER, you can use your password to access your application and make changes or upload documents until the deadline of January 10, 2015 at 11:59PM EST (Eastern Standard Time).

  • APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED UNTIL AFTER THE DEADLINE. Please feel free to make changes, edits or upload documents to your submitted application using your email address and password until January 10, 2015. ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (PHOTO, LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, and PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION FORM) must be uploaded to your application or it will not be reviewed!

  • REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION (ID) NUMBER: Once you submit your application, you will get an 8-digit Registration ID number. This is different from your school or National ID number. Please keep this as reference.



How to Edit to your application

If you have submitted your application:

  • Click Already Registered? Then, log in using the email address and password that you entered when you first submitted your application. All your data will be saved, and you can change it if you want.

If you have not submitted your application (but have logged in before):

  • You cannot save some data and then return to it later if you do not submit your full application (except for the documents you need to upload by the deadline). This is why you should prepare your information and your answers to questions before you begin filling the application out.

  • You can log into the application again using the same email. If you have not yet submitted your application, you will not be asked for a password. You should not use multiple email addresses to submit multiple applications. Doing so may result in your disqualification and therefore from being considered for the program.

CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED TO UPLOAD OR EMAIL BEFORE JANUARY 10, 2015 11:59 PM EST:


  • Passport-size photo of yourself (Your face must be visible and clear)



  • Two Letters of Recommendation from teachers or an adult who is not related to you (emailed by yourself or the recommender directly to youthprograms@worldlearning.org by January 10, 2015)




  • Signed Parent/Guardian Information (Emailed by January 10, 2015)


NOTE: Any documents sent to youthprograms@worldlearning.org

must reference the applicant's Full Name and document type in the subject line of the email. For example, "Carolina Silva, Signed Parent/Guardian Information"
COMPLETE APPLICATION CHECKLIST
Your online application should include everything below by January 10, 2015:
 Student Background and Contact information

 Photograph

 Student Additional Information (languages, activities, international travel)

 5 Short Essays

 3 Long Essays

 Parent/Guardian Information

 Parent/Guardian Consent Form*

 2 letters of recommendation*

 5 References


  • *Supplemental forms to be emailed



Frequently Asked Questions



Regarding the U.S. High School Student Application, Eligibility, and Selection:


1. Who should I contact if I have any questions about the application or program?
Please send all questions to youthprograms@worldlearning.org.
2. Can siblings apply to the U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program?

Yes, siblings can apply to the U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program if they meet all eligibility requirements. 

3. Will I receive confirmation that my application has been received?

Yes. You will receive a computer-generated email for the online application only.

4. Will I receive notice whether or not I have been accepted to the program?

Due to the high-level of applications we receive, we may not be able to contact all those that have applied. If you have not received an invitation for an interview, you can assume that you were not selected.

5. What if I am not accepted to the U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program this year; can I apply again next year?

Yes, provided you meet the age and other eligibility criteria again next year.
6. What if my recommenders what to submit their letter directly without me seeing them?
If your recommenders want to send their letters of recommendation about you directly instead of giving them to you to email, please tell them to scan the letters and email them to youthprograms@worldlearning.org. They can then upload your letters directly without you being able to see them. Make sure that the email address you use to register for the application is on the letters you give to your recommenders. If you already have you Registration ID number, make sure they have this too.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

There are 5 short essays and 4 long essays on the online application. The essay questions are included below. You should answer these before you fill out your application. You can then cut and paste your answers into your application when you are ready to submit it.
SHORT ESSAYS
Please write your answers in clear English and in your own words. Plagiarism will result in the removal of your application from consideration. Your answers should not exceed 250 words each.




1. Why do you want to participate in the exchange program, and what will you contribute if you are chosen?




2. What skills are you hoping to develop from this program that will help you in the future?




3. You will be required to do a community service project in a small group or individually when you return to the U.S. Do you have an idea for a possible project that would impact your community?






4. In which ways can youth be involved in your community? Do you think youth can be leaders? Why or why not?

5. What three leadership skills do you think are most important and why?








Long Essays



Please respond to ALL four essay questions below in clear English and in your own words. Plagiarism will result in the removal of your application from consideration. Some questions have multiple parts, so make sure to answer each part of the question. Your answers should not exceed 500 words each.



  1. What makes you a good leader? Using two examples, describe how you are an effective leader in your school, community, or home.




  1. Describe an ethical or cross-cultural conflict you have experience and describe how you resolved this situation?




  1. Tell us about an issue that exists in your hometown and what young people can do to help resolve it? What are some of your ideas to solve the problem?




  1. Write a letter introducing yourself to your host family.  Tell them about your hobbies, your likes and dislikes, your favorite foods, what your family at home looks like, etc.




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