Please read the instructions below in full.

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program!

Applicants are advised that this application process is in the nature of a job application. Answers to essay questions should therefore demonstrate, within the context of the question, why the applicant should be considered for the position of Youth Ambassador.

You have the opportunity to save your responses and return to the application at a later time. Your answers are saved via your IP address, so to continue working on your application you must return to this link using the same computer. You must complete a page and click "next" before navigating away from the page for that page's answers to be saved. However, it is highly recommended to complete short answer and essay questions in a separate document and copy and paste once ready for submission. A copy of the application contents is available here.

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Eligibility 

Applicants must be in their Sophomore or Junior years of high school at the time of application, and must be residents of the City of Phoenix as determined by council district. To discover your council district, please visit: https://www.phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/find-my-council-district

Applicants must be US Citizens with the ability to obtain a valid US passport. Parents of participants do not need to be US citizens.

Applicants must be willing to serve to any of Phoenix's ten sister cities. Applicants are not given a choice or preference during the selection process to ensure the best possible fit between personality and country.
Nomination Form

In addition to this application, a nomination form must be submitted on your behalf from a teacher, coach, school counselor, or community leader familiar with your qualities.

Nomination forms are available to a nominating party online at: https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Nomination-Form.pdf

Nominations should be submitted directly to april.cavaletto@phoenix.gov by by the application deadline. Multiple nomination submissions may lower your score as only the least favorable one is considered.
Mandatory Calendar

Be sure to download and review the Mandatory YAEP calendar (found here).

Finalists for selection, in some cases with an accompanying parent or guardian, must attend upcoming meetings, interviews and events listed on the calendar in the months prior to departure, including monthly training sessions and city committee meetings. Missing an event may result in dismissal from the program.

Please note, Youth Ambassadors are hosted abroad for 2-3 weeks in June/early July; dates vary by sister city. The exchange is reciprocated the last 3 weeks of July in Phoenix.
Important Application Notes

Phoenix Sister Cities (“PSC”) will disqualify any applicant found to have provided false or misleading information on the application or in interviews.

Applicants selected to serve as Youth Ambassadors and their families will be required to agree to PSC's participation agreements (see signature pages section below). These are legal contracts between participants and PSC.

Hosting a foreign Youth Ambassador is an integral part of the program. Applicants and their families are advised that to determine its ability to fulfill its role as a host family, the family must consent to a home inspection, and all adult residents of the host household will be required to provide necessary information for, and consent to, the running of a criminal background check on themselves. Persons aged 18 or older will be deemed adults for this purpose. Existence of a felony conviction by any adult in the household at any time in the past will be grounds for exclusion of that household to serve as a host family in the program. Results of the background checks are treated confidentially. Failure of an applicant’s household to qualify as a host family due to a felony conviction will not disqualify that applicant from serving as a Youth Ambassador.

Unusual circumstances surrounding hosting can be taken into consideration. Please discuss any potential hosting concerns with the Program Manager. Participants are selected exclusively based upon their individual merits demonstrated in the application and interview process.
Contracts

To better understand what obligations come with acceptance to the program, applicants, their families and others wishing to serve as hosts are encouraged to read the agreements before submitting an application. Contracts are due by the Finalist Information Meeting on February 10, 2020.

Copies of required documents can be viewed online at:
https://www.phoenixsistercities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Youth-Amb-Contract-Set.09-27-14.pdf
Social Media

As part of the application process, applicants must agree to identify any and all of their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Rejection of an access request from Phoenix Sister Cities or misrepresentation of your online identities are grounds for automatic rejection of the application.
Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available. Please complete the optional scholarship application on this form to be considered. You must apply for scholarships at the time of your application.

The estimated costs of the program can be found here.
State Department Advisories Regarding Travel to Troubled Areas

Be aware that the United States Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, publishes travel alerts and warnings respecting travel to troubled areas. These are available online at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html

YOUR APPLICATION IS FOR POTENTIAL TRAVEL TO ANY ONE OF PHOENIX'S SISTER CITIES.

Applicants to become Youth Ambassadors and their families should read the most recent travel alerts and warnings that may have been issued respecting travel to any Sister City. You will be required to certify in the application that you have read the postings, if any.

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* 1. Confirm you have read the above information in full.

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