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UVA Center for Politics Hosts Youth Ambassadors from the Caribbean

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – On Monday, July 25, the University of Virginia Center for Politics kicked off the Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean. The program features 36 high-achieving youth leaders and six educators from across the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The exchange is operated by the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy Program in partnership with the Georgetown University Center for Intercultural Education and Development and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

After arriving, the group will participate in a number of educational events and programs focusing on leadership development and civic engagement, work with Habitat for Humanity on a service project, attend a session on politics and government with Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato, engage with Charlottesville-area peers, and host a Caribbean culture street performance on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. The exchange will conclude with a study tour of the Eastern Shore of Virginia that focuses on environmental protection and entrepreneurship.

This will be the 32nd exchange group to come to UVA as a part of the Center for Politics’ GPD program. GPD fosters dialogue between the United States and other countries through public events and international exchanges. Visit for more information about GPD programming. For more information about this program and GPD, contact Daman Irby at 434-981-7965 or [email protected].