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Kashka King Nikita Williams

Mentor Kashka King, left, with Youth Ambassador Nikita Williams of St. Vincent and the Grenadines prior to their departure.

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On Wednesday, eight youth ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean travelled to the United States to participate in the 2019 Youth Ambassadors Program. 

Nikita Williams of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Sierra Letlow and Esquire Henry, of Antigua and Barbuda; Joshua Desir of Barbados; Shawnalee Gordon, of Dominica; Kenya Louison, of Grenada; and Sephra Serieux and Sherwin Alexander, of St. Lucia will all take part in the three-week U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programme. 

Accompanied by adult mentors, Kashka King, of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamieson Edward, of St. Lucia, the Eastern Caribbean cohort will join participants from, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago on this regional youth exchange programme. 

The goals of the Youth Ambassadors Program are to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States, South America, and the Caribbean. 

The programme prepares youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation, and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups; and create networks of hemispheric youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally. During their exchange, participants will focus on the program themes of civic education, leadership, and community service. 

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Since 2007, World Learning has implemented the Youth Ambassadors Program. World Learning is a U.S. non-profit organisation advancing leadership in more than 60 countries. 

Its mission is to empower people and strengthen institutions through education, sustainable development, and exchange programmes.