UI Graduate Student Selected to be US Ambassador in the Prestigious CAYA Program
Friday, July 4 2014
MOSCOW, Idaho – July 7, 2014 - University of Idaho graduate student Derek Reagan has been selected to serve as a mentor to Moscow High School students Ameena El- Mansouri, Heather Wood, and Gabryel Conley-Natividad as they become US ambassadors through the prestigious Central America Youth Ambassador (CAYA) outgoing program in July 7-30, 2014.
Only 20 students from the United States get to travel to Central America as U.S. ambassadors through CAYA. The program is a result of the successful partnership between UI International Programs, Georgetown University's Center for International Education and Development, and the U.S. Department of State, and its mission is to deliver innovative academic, cultural and community outreach programs for emerging student leaders from around the world.
The four ambassadors were selected based on their leadership skills, school/community involvement and entrepreneurship spirit. They will first go to Washington D.C. to attend CAYA orientation and tour the capital, and then, they will travel to Nicaragua and Panama. CAYA aims to broaden students’ knowledge of culture, society, and education through building bonds of friendship between young individuals from the United States and their Central American peers and local families. Program activities include visits to U.S. embassies, local high schools, and cultural sites. Ambassadors spend time with local families in each country, and also work on a volunteer project. The program’s focus on community development, leadership, and entrepreneurship contributes to the students’ multicultural learning experience and prepares them to be future leaders.