ST. PAUL (June 29, 2012) — Between July 10 and August 7, 2012, Humboldt High School will send Solina Nhil to Belize as part of the Youth Ambassadors program.
Solina is actively involved in Humboldt Future Farmers of America Program, acting as this year’s chapter president. She’s also involved in Humboldt’s theatre, swimming, badminton programs and Humboldt’s student environmental steering committee. Solina’s desire to improve our world has been solidified by her participation in the agriculture program and involvement in FFA.
I am very excited for this summer and I feel honored to be selected. I can’t wait do some community service in Belize,” said Solina. “Even if I wasn’t selected, it’s good to know that other youths would have filled my space to help that community. Honestly, I’m surprised I was selected and can’t wait to take what I learn from Belize and bring it back to my own community.”
Solina Nhil is part of a group of ten youth and one adult mentor from across the country that will convene in Washington, DC for a week before traveling to Belize for three weeks. In their host country the Youth Ambassadors will learn about local cultures, leadership and community service, and upon return they will serve their home communities through volunteer projects. The youth will also interact with local peers in their host families, schools and community service sites giving them the opportunity to share their culture with local youth.
The Youth Ambassadors program was started in 2002 to build mutual understanding among youth in the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. It has since expanded into a leadership program for youth and their peers. Youth spend the three weeks abroad engaging with local government and civic organizations, building relationships with host families and other youth, visiting schools, non-profit and participating in skills-based trainings that enable and empower them to mobilize their communities towards positive change. Upon returning to the U.S., youth use what they learned throughout the exchange to design and implement service projects that benefit their communities.
The Youth Ambassadors were selected in an open competition of youth between 15 and 18 years old who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities and have demonstrated interests in improving their local community. The Youth Ambassadors program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas.
Partners of the Americas is an international grassroots network. We connect volunteers, institutions, and communities to serve and to change lives. Inspired by President Kennedy, today Partners is one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the Western Hemisphere engaged in social, economic, and cultural development. By linking Latin America and the Caribbean with counterparts in the United States, Partners acts in long-term, focused partnership with the people and places of the Americas. For more information, visit www.partners.net.
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