Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program!
Applicants are advised that this application process is in the nature of a job application. Answers to essay questions should therefore demonstrate, within the context of the question, why the applicant should be considered for the position of Youth Ambassador.
There is no opportunity to save your responses. It is highly recommended to complete short answer and essay questions in a separate document and copy and paste once ready for submission. A copy of the application contents is available at: https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/YAEP-2019-Application-Preview-PDF.pdf
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. You will receive an email confirmation as a receipt for your submission.
Applicants must be US Citizens with the ability to obtain a valid US passport. Parents of participants do not need to be US citizens.
Applicants must be willing to serve to any of Phoenix's ten sister cities. Applicants are not given a choice or preference during the selection process to ensure the best possible fit between personality and country.
Nomination forms are available to a nominating party online at: https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/YAEPNominationFormTemplate-updated-9-7-18.pdf
Nominations are submitted confidentially by email directly to Phoenix Sister Cities. Nominations must be received by the application deadline. Multiple nomination submissions may lower your score as only the least favorable one is considered.
Finalists for selection, in some cases with an accompanying parent or guardian, must attend certain upcoming meetings, interviews and events listed on the calendar in the months prior to departure, including monthly training sessions and city committee meetings. Missing even one event may result in dismal from the program.
Please note, Youth Ambassadors are hosted abroad for 2-3 weeks in June/early July; dates vary by sister city. The exchange is reciprocated the last 3 weeks of July in Phoenix.
Applicants selected to serve as Youth Ambassadors and their families will be required to agree to PSC's participation agreements (see signature pages section below). These are legal contracts between participants and PSC.
Hosting a foreign Youth Ambassador is an integral part of the program. Applicants and their families are advised that to determine its ability to fulfill its role as a host family, the family must consent to a home inspection, and all adult residents of the host household will be required to provide necessary information for, and consent to, the running of a criminal background check on themselves. Persons aged 18 or older will be deemed adults for this purpose. Existence of a felony conviction by any adult in the household at any time in the past will be grounds for exclusion of that household to serve as a host family in the program. Results of the background checks are treated confidentially. Failure of an applicant’s household to qualify as a host family due to a felony conviction will not disqualify that applicant from serving as a Youth Ambassador.
Unusual circumstances surrounding hosting can be taken into consideration. Please discuss any potential hosting concerns with the Program Manager. Participants are selected exclusively based upon their individual merits demonstrated in the application and interview process.
Copies of BOTH required documents can be viewed online at: https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Youth-Amb-Contract-Set.09-27-14.pdf AND https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/200909151339500.YAEP-Host-Contract.pdf.
The costs of the program can be found in the information guide provided on the website at https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/EstimatedExpenses.pdf
YOUR APPLICATION IS FOR POTENTIAL TRAVEL TO ANY ONE OF PHOENIX'S SISTER CITIES.
Applicants to become Youth Ambassadors and their families should read the most recent travel alerts and warnings that may have been issued respecting travel to any Sister City. You will be required to certify in the application that you have read the postings, if any.