The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.
YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience. For the past ten years, this program has received major and continued support from 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 seminar at the Smithsonian. This enrichment opportunity is a leadership development and skill-building training that exposes youth to a wide array of academic disciplines promoting higher education and encouraging the exploration and understanding of the Latino identity. The seminar, known as Washington Week, includes visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields. Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 17 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico. This hands-on component allows students to gain transferable knowledge and apply the skills acquired during the training seminar to their internship assignments.
Participation in the Young Ambassadors Program 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 five-week program, participants will receive $2,000 to contribute to their higher education.
Students that do not complete the training seminar and four-week internship will not receive the program stipend.
Admission is competitive. To be eligible for the program, you must:
O Be a high school senior graduating in 2017
O Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application
O Have a minimum weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
O Be fluent in English
O Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university (community college is eligible; enrollment will be verified for the fall 2017)
O Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week paid summer internship
Up to 24 participants are selected through a competitive process, guided by a selection committee comprised of museum and education professionals. The selection committee evaluates all application materials and submissions based on the following criteria:
1. Excellence in the:
a. Arts (e.g., film, visual, performing, design);
b. Sciences (e.g., natural, biological, chemical, planetary); or
c. Humanities (e.g., language, literature, social sciences, business).
2. Academic record
3. Leadership experience
4. Commitment to education
5. Service learning and engagement with the Latino community
For more information and to apply, please visit the Smithsonian Latino Center online at http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP or email SLCEducation@si.edu