Youth Diplomats - Albrecht Fellowships

Youth Diplomats YOUTH
Helping high school students take their first step
on the path to becoming global citizens

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.

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Youth Diplomats

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 Components

  • Eight Saturday meetings from April to July
  • Virtual dinner with International families
  • Academic reflection / creative project

2021 Program Schedule

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the 2021 schedule for Youth Diplomats has been modified and some components have been changed

April 10, 2021

Introduction to Diplomacy

Alison McCartney

April 24, 2021

Public Speaking and Communication in a Cross-Cultural Context

Laura Sicola

May 8, 2021

Refugee Migration & Reintegration

Emily Sherman

Astrid Schmidt-King

Attorney & International Education Professional

Astrid Shmidt-King

May 22, 2021

Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding

Ashley Quarcoo

June 5, 2021

Global Sustainability

Kristina Soetje

Steve Volkers

Emily Stubb

Russell Hill

June 19, 2021

Leveraging Technology as a Catalyst for Change

Ari Davidov

Aliyah Pandolfi

July 10, 2021

Creative Project Presentation

July 24, 2021

Graduation Ceremony

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah

Application Process

Applications are due by March 5th and are open to 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

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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.