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Young Ambassadors from France and the United States visit Washington, D.C.

Young Ambassadors from France and the United States visit Washington, D.C.

Published on October 22, 2014
Washington, D.C., October 21 2014

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This week, members of the French “Jeunes Ambassadeurs” and American “Young Ambassadors” programs from both France and the United States had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and take part in a number of seminars, including at the Embassy of France in the United States, to learn more about diplomacy.

The French program, “Jeunes Ambassadeurs”, was comprised of 20 high school students and 10 associative leaders selected by both the Embassy of the United States of America in France and the French National Agency for Social Cohesion and Equal Opportunity (ASCE). The “Young Ambassadors” program of their American counterparts was comprised of 15 students from high schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Both groups were invited to participate in the session at the Embassy of France in the US.

Ambassador Araud poses with French and American “Young Ambassadors”

French and American participants had the opportunity to tour the Embassy and to meet with Ambassador Gérard Araud on Tuesday, October 21. Ambassador Araud encouraged program participants to embrace the opportunity to explore a culture and society with which they are unfamiliar, saying “To be intelligent global citizens, you have to express difference and never be judgmental.” When joining Mr. Araud for a photo, the French participants burst into a rendition of the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.”

The binational program focuses on topics such as cultural diversity, identity, equal opportunity, and community service. The French group was selected from public schools all around France based on their interest and involvement in community service and their ability to communicate in both French and English. Participating students and leaders from France will visit Washington, D.C. for two weeks before returning to France.

The goal of the programs is to further develop a sense of civic duty, interest in volunteer work and community service while fostering intercultural dialogue between both French and American youths. Additionally, the program seeks to promote intergenerational exchanges between young high school leaders (ages 15-17) and young associative leaders (ages 18-30). Both groups were eager to take part in this unique and important cultural exchange.

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