This summer, 83 high school students from Mexico travelled to the United States to build leadership, communication, and community engagement skills. During the four-week exchange, the Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action) Program participants engaged in workshops, community service, site visits, and meetings with local leaders while working to create community service projects that they will implement over the course of a year when returning home.
The exchange concluded at the U.S. Department of State where participants presented their community service projects that will be carried out in their own communities. Inspired by the support from mentors during the exchange, a student team from Veracruz will create more opportunities for young entrepreneurs to connect with local business leaders in their home community. Another team from Mexico City will hold workshops for fellow classmates to promote a more inclusive environment for LGBTQIA students at their school. Other projects addressed issues such as violence and substance abuse, bullying, discrimination, school dropout, and environmental awareness.
The participants also stayed with host families across the United States. Jorge from Zacatecas spoke about the unique bonds he formed during his homestay where he was able to teach many people about Mexico and discover many similarities in American culture. This program is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State, the Mexican government, and the private sector.
Learn more about the program: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/jovenes-en-accion-youth-action