Youth Ambassadors, Youth Discovery & Youth Innovators: What’s the Difference?

YCI offers five core programs for students, groups and professionals to engage in global youth development programming: Youth Ambassador, Youth Discovery, Youth Innovator, Youth Leadership Team and Global Professional opportunities.

One question we are often asked is what is the difference between our Youth Ambassador, Youth Discovery and Youth Innovator Programs? How does an applicant know if he or she is better suited for a given program?

We’ve broken down the key features of the three programs to help you determine where you best fit. If you have any questions, you can always email us here.

1. Youth Ambassadors

Length of Projects: 3-12 week placements

Location of Projects: Guyana, Guatemala, Ghana or Tanzania

Departure Dates: Departure Dates are fixed; please see our Program Planner

Project Sectors: Youth Livelihoods, Youth Health and Youth Leadership

Required Experience: Dependent on project timing and location; please see our Program Planner

Fundraising Target: $2,500- 3,900

Age Requirements: 18 -35 years old

Individual or Team: Team placements

 

2. Youth Discovery

Length of Projects: 1- 4 week placements

Location of Projects: Costa Rica

Departure Dates: Dependent on project timing and location; please see our Program Planner

Project Sectors: Environment, Conservation, Eco-tourism and Community- based infrastructure

Required Experience: Dependent on project timing and location; please see our Program Planner

Fundraising Target: $1,500-2,500

Age Requirements: 18-30 years old

Individual or Team: Team placements

 

3. Youth Innovators

Length of Projects: 4- 8 week placements

Location of Projects: Ghana or Tanzania

Departure Dates: Flexible departure dates to accommodate school or work schedules

Project Sectors: Partner Capacity Building (HR, Financial Management, Proposal Writing, Graphic Design, Website Design and IT Experience, Small Enterprise Development and Gender)

Required Experience: At least one year of related professional experience and a strong preference for previous international experience

Fundraising Target: $0-1,000

Age Requirements: 21-35 years old

Individual or Team: Individual and Team opportunities

There are currently four Youth Innovator Opportunities available: Human Resources DevelopmentProgram DevelopmentGender and Monitoring and Evaluation. Application deadlines are coming up in October or have rolling application dates, see individual postings for details.

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