UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme

The UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme (YDP) is funded by the Hummer Tuttle Foundation

and delivered by the Windsor Fellowship (London), Legacy International (Virginia) and World Chicago (USA). 

The Windsor Fellowship started running programmes for young people in 1986 to help young

people from across all backgrounds to maximise their individual, social and economic talents.

 

In 2009 the Hummer Tuttle Foundation invited the Windsor Fellowship to work alongside

them to enable groups of young people from the UK to visit the US and learn about life there.

The resulting UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme has been designed to assist, educate and

develop young Londoners to grow into well-rounded, informed young adults. The programme

aims to equip the young people with new perspectives into their individual, group, and

community identities, and to build their leadership skills. 

 

In order for the students selected to make the most of the programme in the USA, there is an extensive programme of three residential seminars before the visit and a further residential seminar in the early autumn. In February, before the residential programme begins, students, school staff and parents/guardians are invited to an introductory evening. In the summer, the students will take part in an American summer camp and experience living with an American family through a ‘home stay’ in Chicago.

 

The main objectives of the programme are:

 

  • To provide a neutral, safe, and supportive, cross-cultural setting in which participants can learn, live and socialise together; develop lasting friendships; learn to express themselves with more confidence; all in the context of an exciting and memorable group experience

 

  • To develop strong leadership, team building and communication skills – combined with thoughtful self-reflection and personal confidence

 

  • To develop understanding of culture, lifestyles, values and issues in the USA through direct contact with diverse families, teenagers, leaders and organisations

 

  • To give opportunities to study and discuss youth and global issues

 

  • To encourage community involvement and provide skills development to enable continued investment in the community.

Who is it for?

 

  • Students aged 16-18, currently in Year 12 or Year 13 in full time further education in Greater London;

 

  • Students with a strong interest in learning more about America (and who have not had the chance to travel there within the last five years);

  • British Citizens with a valid passport and no restrictions on travel to the USA;

 

  • Ability to commit to ALL parts of the programme (including residential seminars and workshops before and after the trip);

 

  • We welcome applications from students from all backgrounds and academic levels.

 

The Hummer Tuttle Foundation is particularly keen to attract young people who have not had the opportunity to travel to the USA.

 

How to Apply

The deadline for this year's YDP applications is now closed.  Please email YDP@windsor-fellowship.org if you have any questions or want to be kept updated on next year's programme.

 

YDP Recruitment timeline:

 

30 November 2018                       Recruitment opens

7 January 2019                            Closing date for application forms

18 January 2019                          Applicants informed of the outcome of their application

26 January or 2 February 2019      Shortlisted candidates invited to a meeting with YDP staff

8 February 2019                          Final selection process complete and students informed

 

If you have any questions, please contact the YDP Project Manager at YDP@windsor-fellowship.org

 

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