Youth Councils: Empowering Youth Through Exchange

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 4, 2013

The Office of Global Youth Issues will host a reception for twelve emerging youth leaders affiliated with U.S. Embassy Youth Councils on Wednesday, June 5, from 11:30-12:30 in the Delegates Lounge at the Department of State. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine and Special Adviser to the Secretary for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman will deliver remarks.

This event is open to the press.
Final access time for press: 11:15 a.m. from the C Street (22nd Street) entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

The diverse cross-section of emerging youth leaders will visit the United States from June 3-14. This exchange is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to reach out to youth populations in order to promote growth and stable democratic government.

During their two-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange in the United States, the Youth Council members will meet with a variety of Americans to discuss creative ideas to advance the role of young people in addressing the challenges and opportunities they face civically, politically, and economically. The project will also provide the participants with tools and techniques to implement action plans for youth-led positive change, ranging from social media activism to entrepreneurship.

The program will begin in Washington, DC, and then the participants will split into two groups to visit Cleveland, OH, and Kansas City, MO, before reconvening in New York, NY. These Youth Council members represent Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Sudan, Swaziland, and Ukraine.

Follow the group on the Office of Global Youth Issues Facebook page and on Twitter via the hashtag #GlobalYouth.

For more information about the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the International Visitor Leadership Program, please visit, follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @StateIVLP, or contact Menaka Nayyar in the Office of Global Youth Issues at

PRN: 2013/0679