Youth Ambassador Program

2015 Youth Ambassador Program Delegates Are Back Home!

The four students that were chosen to participate in the exchange this past summer have returned from their amazing adventures. Stay tuned for photos from their visits!

The two delegates that visited Antrim-Newtownabbey are:
Cassie Hancock and Jacinda Shelton

The Leshan delegates are:

Chloe Crawford and Alexandra Allred

Congratulations to all those selected and all of the students that participated in the process!  More details about their visits will be forthcoming.

Program History

One of the first programs instituted when the sister city partnership with Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland became official in 1998 was the establishment of a youth ambassador program.  2016 will mark the seventeenth year of the program and the seventh time a youth ambassador program took place with Leshan, China.


The high school youth exchange program offers juniors in high school who reside in Gilbert or are a student in a Gilbert or Higley school, an opportunity to develop an understanding of different countries, their cultures and people. The high school delegates are chosen by a committee through a selection process, which includes group interviews, a series of  individual interviews and informal gatherings with both the students and their parents. The students that are selected from Gilbert will travel to our sister city for approximately three weeks. During their stay they will have a chance to closely experience a new culture and make lifelong friends by living with the family of their exchange “brother or sister.”  The home hosted experience makes it possible for the delegates to learn about their host cultures and customs in ways not available to a casual visitor. The Gilbert delegates will bring back a wealth of fascinating stories about their stay abroad, their contacts with the people and the precious experiences, which teach them lifelong lessons.

2016 Program Application

GSC 2016 Application

Gilbert students invite their peers to apply for the Sister Cities Exchange Program. Check out the video below.

View the Youth Ambassadors from the past.
Youth Ambassador Archive

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