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Smithsonian Latino Center Young Amassadors Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2011 Young Ambassadors Program – Summer
Leadership Development Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center is pleased to announce the open application season
for the 2011 Young Ambassadors Program. The Young Ambassadors Program is a
national, interdisciplinary leadership development program for high school
seniors. The mission of the program is to foster the next generation of Latino
leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution
and its resources. This program is made possible through the generous support
of Ford Motor Company Fund.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, and
humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are selected to
travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long, leadership development seminar at
the Smithsonian Institution. The seminar encourages youth to explore and
understand Latino identity and embrace their own cultural heritage through
visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with
anthropologists, artists, curators, historians, scientists and other museum
professionals. Following the training seminar, students participate in a
four-week interdisciplinary education internship in museums and other cultural
institutions in their local communities, including Smithsonian- affiliated
organizations.

Participation in the Young Ambassadors Program is underwritten by Ford Motor
Company Fund and includes meals and accommodations for the duration of the
one-week training seminar, round-trip travel costs to Washington, D.C., and a
program stipend. Students selected are responsible for all expenses during the
four-week internship, including transportation, accommodations, and meals.

Upon completion of the 5-week program, participants will receive a $2,000
program stipend towards their higher education. Students that do not complete
the seminar and four-week internship will not receive the program stipend.

The deadline to apply is April 8, 2011. For further information and application
guidelines and to apply, please visit
http://www.latino. si.edu/programs/ youngambassadors .htm or contact Emily Key,
Education Programs Manager, at 202.633.1268 or by email at slceducation@ si.edu.

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