Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit

Chicago Sister Cities International

 joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit is an intensive leadership program in Chicago designed to build the next generation of global leaders. It is open to teenage girls, ages 14–16, from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities.

The Summit provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. The girls experience Chicago with their peers, while engaging with Chicago’s business and civic leaders and participating in workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership.

Over 70 girls from Chicago and around the world have participated in the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, which aims to:

  • Empower emerging leaders  
  • Teach strategies for leadership, advocacy and activism
  • Inspire young women to become agents of change
  • Build a network of globally minded leaders

Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live in or attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 28 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.

There is no cost to attend the Summit. CSCI will fund awardees’ Summit registration fee and travel expenses to attend the week-long Summit.