Youth Diplomats – Albrecht Fellowships

What is the Youth Diplomats Program?

Each year, the World Trade Center Institute’s (WTCI) eight-month Youth Diplomats Program helps 25 students take their first steps towards becoming global citizens. One Saturday a month they meet to explore topics in global affairs and diplomacy. Along the way they build their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills through interactions with professionals across WTCI’s extensive business network and international visitors from across the world. Through a series of workshops, volunteer opportunities, and professional meetings, they will become better prepared for the challenges and opportunities in the global marketplace.

The Youth Diplomats Program is part of the Albrecht Fellowships, a series of programs designed to help students become the next generation of global leaders. Through these programs students discover global opportunities that they never knew existed as they prepare to make their mark on the world.

Who Should Apply?

Greater Baltimore area high school juniors & seniors who are:

  • Curious about the world and open to diverse perspectives
  • Committed to making an impact locally and globally
  • Advocates for equality, human rights, and peace

Program Components

  • 8 monthly Saturday meetings from January-August 2020
  • Trip to Washington D.C.
  • Meeting with IVLP Group
  • Dinner with International Families
  • Produce 1 academic reflection / creative project

Key Benefits

  • Receive 25 service-learning hours
  • Increase your cultural competency
  • Connect with network of Youth Diplomats from around the country
  • Show colleges you have an understanding of global cultures and world issues

Program Schedule

January 25, 2020

Introduction to Diplomacy and Peacebuilding

Bruce McIndoe

President and Founder


Alison McCartney

Faculty Director

Towson University

February 22, 2020

Refugee Migration and Reintegration

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah

President & CEO

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

Astrid Schmidt-King

Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor

Loyola University of Maryland

March 28, 2020

Public Speaking and Communication in a Cross-Cultural Context

Shawn Peabody Environmental Incentives Senior Learning Specialist

Shawn Peabody

Senior Learning Specialist

Environmental Incentives

April 25, 2020

Sustainability: Food & Water Scarcity and Renewable Energy

Russell Hill

Executive Director

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

Chris Tollini

Agriculture Research Center Manager

Institute of Marine Environmental Technology
Emily Stubbs

Emily Stubb

Documentary Filmmaker

May 30, 2020

The Role of China in the Global Economy

Mike Violette - MD China Business Council

Mike Violette


MD China Business Council
Bob Zhang

Bob Zhang

Executive Director

USABAL Solutions LLC
Felicia Pullam Regional Manager, Asia Maryland Department of Commerce

Felicia Pullam

Regional Manager, Asia

Maryland Department of Commerce

June 27, 2020

Leveraging Technology as a Catalyst for Change

Joel Urbanowicz

Director, Information Security and ICT Operations

Catholic Relief Services
Austin Brown Co-Founder Global Air Media

Austin Brown


Global Air Media

July 25, 2020

International Impact Service Day

August 15, 2020

Graduation Luncheon

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but are due November 1st. Each application requires two letters of recommendation, there is no cost for the program.