The Department of State, represented by the US Embassy in Mexico and the Mexican Ministry of Public Education, with support from the private sector, offer the program “Jóvenes en Acción” – Youth in Action. This program provides Mexican youth enrolled in their sophomore or junior year of high school a U.S. exchange opportunity to explore social issues affecting Mexico and the U.S., which culminates in the implementation of community service projects in Mexico over the academic year. Participants visit the United States for four weeks in the summer, meet likeminded American youth addressing similar social issues in their communities, practice their English, and develop their leadership skills.
Entering its eighth year, this program already boasts 553 “Jóvenes en Acción” alumni from different states throughout Mexico. Some of them have already finished their graduate studies and continue to develop their leadership skills, support their communities, thereby strengthening Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations.
Project themes for Jóvenes en Acción 2017 include the following: Access to a clean environment; Bullying; Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; Discrimination; Domestic Violence; Financial literacy; School drop-out; Substance abuse prevention; and Technologies and methodologies for English language learning.
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