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The Young Ambassadors Program
What is the Young Ambassadors Program?
Launched in the Spring of 2016, the IBWPPI Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) offers a space for young women in the US and abroad to expand their network and skills through leadership development, shared learning, and mentorship. IBWPPI aims to cultivate the next generation of Black women leadership that think beyond borders, who are concerned about the plight and well-being of women where ever they are.
Our vibrant participants are motivated by the legacies of women like Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Mary Mcleod Bethune, and the illustrious women who make up the IBWPPI Advisory Board and Board of Directors.
The women selected for this program will spend up to three years in the program, where they will have opportunities to participate in policy discussions, policy development, work side by side with global leaders on projects and programs, attend international retreats and conferences, and contribute to the overall vision and mission of IBWPPI.
What do the Young Ambassadors do?
YAP Ambassadors participate in four major events each year, in addition to activities designed to enhance their leadership, professional and personal development. Annually, in March candidates are invited to participate in our international activities, in partnership with our national affiliate. Also, in September, candidates participate in the IBWPPI Annual Policy Forum, held in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
Throughout the year, YAP Ambassadors design, plan, and implement a group project that demonstrates their knowledge and understanding of advocacy and coalition building, cultural diplomacy, policy development, sustainable economics and transformative leadership.
Through exposure and experiential based activities, YAP participants are encouraged to integrate their life experiences, culture and learned leadership models to create their own leadership styles that will benefit them personally and professionally.
YAP participants have the opportunity to engage with international leaders from countries of the African diaspora, such as Haiti, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Belize, South Africa and West Africa.
What are the benefits of being a YAP Ambassador?
IBWPPI YAP Ambassadors are able to expand their network and their professional reach through this experience of being selected as an ambassador. The exposure to global leaders from heads of countries, elected leaders, executives from many leading industries, civic and academic organizations will enhance their professional development.
Reference letters for advancement opportunities are an ongoing benefit to members of YAP. Current and past participants have gained entrance into other prestigious leadership programs, been identified for professional advancement opportunities, and have been recognized by the US State Department for their participation in efforts under IBWPPI.
IBWPPI is committed to the investment of time and resources for the development of the next generation of Black women global leaders. Having a pipeline filled with strong, confident, and prepared leaders ensures a better outcome for people all over the world.
Our Young Ambassadors Program seeks to attract candidates from across the United States of America, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Ghana and South Africa. The program offers the candidates: