Mayor’s Young Ambassador Program

To support the MaYA program or learn more, please email:

mayor.international@lacity.org


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Mayor Garcetti’s Office of International Affairs established the Mayor's Young Ambassador (MaYA) Initiative to connect young Angelenos with the international community, help make them aware of the global opportunities in Los Angeles, and impart an international perspective that will guide them for years to come. As part of MaYA, Mayor Garcetti launched a free international travel program for community college students that qualify for free tuition under the College Promise program. During these trips, students engage with their international peers, visit historic landmarks, participate in cultural exchanges, meet government officials, and take part in community service projects. Through the transformational experience of travel, MaYA offers young Angelenos critical college and career readiness skills and allows them to represent the best of L.A. overseas.

Thanks to the generous support of the Mexican and Egyptian Consulates in Los Angeles, American Airlines, British Airways, Reyes Industries, the Hilton Foundation, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the first group of Mayor’s Young Ambassadors traveled to Mexico and Egypt in August 2018. A second group will travel to Japan in early 2019, and additional trips are being planned to expand this opportunity to more College Promise students.

Program Details:
This is a free travel abroad program for College Promise students. All program expenses, including airfare, lodging, travelers insurance, and meals, are covered. Each group of students will be accompanied by adult supervisors. Trips will include: visits to cultural and heritage sites, community service projects, possible home stays, meetings with government officials, and exchanges with college students and academic institutions. Tokyo 2019 applications are now closed. Check back in early 2019 for updates and information about applying for our Summer 2019 Travel Program.

The first step of the selection process is the submission of an application form. After an initial round of review, selected applicants will move forward in the process and be invited to an in-person interview. After the interview process, successful candidates will be notified of their selection as finalists and asked to submit a signed agreement committing them to all program rules, guidelines, liability waivers, and protocols.

Eligibility Requirements:
-Must be at least 18 years of age
-Must be a College Promise student currently enrolled in Los Angeles Community College District classes for the current semester
-Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better at the time of application
-Must be able to demonstrate eligibility for a U.S. passport (Note: Our office will assist in obtaining a passport if the applicant does not have one. Applicants are not required to have a passport in order to apply, but rather just be eligible for a U.S. passport.)
-Must fill out and submit a complete application form by the deadline
-Must submit one letter of recommendation
-If invited, must participate in an in-person interview


Program Requirements:
-Commit to participate in two pre-travel meetings and two post-trip meetings
-Commit to being involved in the MaYA program as a mentor or organizer for future groups
-Able and willing to travel outside the United States on given travel dates
-Sign an agreement committing to all program rules, guidelines, liability waivers, and protocols
-Willing to be an engaged, flexible, collaborative, sensitive, non-judgmental, and responsible group member