A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit is an intensive leadership program in Chicago designed to build the next generation of global leaders. It is open to teenage girls, ages 14–16, from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities.

Over 40 teenage girls from Chicago and around the world have participated in the Global Youth Ambassador Leadership Summit. The Summit provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. The girls experience Chicago with their peers, while engaging with Chicago’s business and civic leaders and participating in workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership.

Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live and attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 28 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.

There is no cost to attend the Summit. CSCI will fund awardees’ summit registration fee and travel expenses to attend the week-long summit, including dorm accommodations at the University of Illinois at Chicago, roundtrip airfare to Chicago, meals, transportation to and from the Chicago airport and during the summit, travel insurance, and visa fees (if required).

2018 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit

The 2018 Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit will take place from July 21-28, 2018 in Chicago. Applications will be accepted through February 4, 2018.

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Selected girls participate in the Summit at no cost. Your sponsorship and donations helps cover travel expenses for international participants and their chaperones; supports engagement activities during t he week, such as workshops, discussions and presentations; helps to support administrative costs; and aids in reducing logistical costs associated with housing, local transportation and meals.

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