Training the next generation of global leaders.
WorldChicago is a local coordinator for U.S. Department of State Youth Leadership Programs for international high school students and adult mentors. These short, yet dynamic programs inspire cross-cultural dialogue, build respect and mutual understanding, and boost civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers. Youth reside with Chicago-area host families for 1–2 weeks during their exchange to get a full immersion into everyday life in America. During the day, groups participate in hands-on workshops, skills training sessions, volunteer activities, and cultural events.
In 2014, WorldChicago hosted almost 150 international youth ages 11–19 from more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.
“This was a life changing experience, a risk definitely worth taking.” — Youth leader from Iraq
Creating international experiences for Chicago youth.
Youth Leadership Programs also create opportunities for Chicago students to connect with world affairs on a local level and build global competency. They might participate in joint workshops with international youth; have youth and professional visitors visit their classroom; or host an international “sibling” with their families. Read one CPS student’s experience as a host and program volunteer.
Our youth partners and hosts also receive first notice when opportunities arise for Chicago youth to travel abroad on similar exchanges.
WorldChicago is proud to work with local K-12 schools to bring global perspectives into Chicago classrooms. 2014 school partners included:
● George Westinghouse College Prep
● Kelly High School
● Lindblom Math & Science Academy
● Morgan Park Academy
● Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy
● Walter Payton College Prep
● Westmont Junior High School
To learn more about hosting a youth in your home or your classroom, please contact Maria Krasinski at email@example.com or 312.254.1800 x102.
“Before WorldChicago I wanted to be a lawyer. And after WorldChicago, I want to be an ambassador.”
— Cortez Alexander, Chicago youth leader