The Department of State, represented by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and the Mexican Ministry of Public Education, with support from the private sector, offer the “Jóvenes en Acción” – Youth in Action program. This program provides Mexican youth enrolled in their sophomore or junior years of high school a leadership program to explore social issues affecting Mexico and the United States. Participants visit the United States for four weeks in the summer, meet like-minded American youth addressing similar social issues in their communities, practice their English, and develop their leadership skills. Upon return to Mexico, participants utilize their newly acquired skills and knowledge to implement community service projects in Mexico throughout the academic year.
Entering its eleventh year, this program boasts 773 “Jóvenes en Acción” alumni from 28 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 2020 include the following: Access to clean environment; Bullying; Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; Discrimination; Domestic Violence; Financial literacy; School drop-out; Substance abuse prevention; and Technologies and Methodologies for English learning.
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