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Coming up this fall: Culturama, paid fellowships, next Facebook Live, Global Scholar!

Happy September! Just like that, summer is over and we’re back in the swing of the school year. Our youth-led network has tons going on this semester, including the launch of our new mobile intercultural game Culturama, and a new set of powerful trainings for the young global leader. We also have (paid) fellowship, internship and chapter opportunities too! Could you please share this information with your networks? As always, we rely on close friends like you to get the word out about our great work.

Thank you!
– Matt, Vanessa, Karen, Carly and the rest of the AMP Global Youth Team!


Sign your class or club up to play this groundbreaking intercultural game this fall!

Culturama is a digital game that connects youth in the US and the Middle East. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Bezos Family Foundation and the Aspen Institute’s Stevens Initiative, the game is a fun opportunity for students to build cross-cultural skills while having fun (smashing robots!). Players will build essential skills including:

  • Enhanced mutual understanding and respect for diversity.
  • Cross-cultural communication.
  • Teamwork and collaborative problem-solving.

The game is free, but space is limited. Contact us to save your spot by Sept 15, and we’ll mail you a fun sticker pack! Contact matt@aidemocracy.org.

FACEBOOK LIVE: Tips for Building Powerful and Sustainable Leaders and Teams!

Join long-time youth activist Vanessa Faloye to discuss strategies for building a strong team that can do great things. We’ll talk about the roles of a leader, leadership development, organizing basics, and more. This Facebook Live event will take place on Sunday September 24 at 6pm ET. Follow us on Facebook to join!


AMP is run by youth, for youth. We’re looking for the best and brightest to lead this community in 2017-18! Is that you? Read on! We’re recruiting:

  • Interns and associates for our training, campaigns, communications and exchange teams.
  • Fellows (paid) in Miami, LA and Seattle to help promote the new Culturama digital game!
  • Chapters in schools and communities.

Our team members are confident communicators; enthusiastic about leadership development, social change, and advocacy; passionate about global issues facing our generation; and dedicated to collaboration with fellow team-members. They also run this network! Check out links above, or email us at opportunities@aidemocracy.org to find out more!


What a summer! Our popular global leadership training for high school students almost doubled in size in 2017, and we welcomed a new cohort of rising 9th and 10th graders too. We were amazed by the power and promise of our next generation of global leaders, as they navigated important conversations on global security, food justice, immigration and more. Highlights below! (And watch for Global Scholar 2018 dates coming later this fall!).

From our Scholars: 

  • “Global Scholar brought together an incredible, inspirational group of young people that have already changed the world, and I can’t wait to see how we continue to do so.”
  • “I really just loved meeting and connecting with people who do what I want to do.”
  • “Global Scholar helped me learn more about global issues and how I can take action to address them.”

HUGE thanks to our Partners and Speakers, including:

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Brookings Institute * Jim Riker, University of Maryland * Ambassador Hassana Alidou, Embassy of Niger * Dr. Weibert C. Arthus, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Haiti * Embassy of Mexico  * Embassy of Burkina Faso * Donata Secondo, Democracy Fund * Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Services * Daniel Tutt, Unity Productions Foundation * Mac Hamilton STAND * Andrew Slack, Imagine Better * Lily Mengesha, Jesuit Refugee Services * Jennifer Rigg, Global Campaign for Education * Patricia Langan, Save the Children * Tony Stephens, American Council for the Blind * Damiana Astudillo, Millennium Challenge Corporation * Rachael Leman, Care.org * Anna Mahalak, UN Association * Chitra Panjabi, SIECUS * Beverly Wheeler, DC Hunger Solutions * Jonathan Price, Aspen Institute * Lena Minchew, International Women’s Health Coalition/Girls Not Brides USA * Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality * Sara Shirzad, Eurasia Foundation * Alexandra Toma, Peace and Security Funders Collaborative * Neil Bhatiya, Center for a New American Security * Patty Lovera, Food and Water Watch * Enrique Sondakh-Dorantes, APSIA * Marques Anderson, Peace Corps * Scott Rechler, Director and CEO, Learn-Serve International * Tina Gaddy, Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs * Jorhena Thomas, Principal, Wright Thomas International * David Fletcher, Director of Career Services, American University School of International Service * David Devlin-Foltz, the Aspen Institute * MORE!

THANK YOU for all you do to build the next generation of young global leaders! Onwards to fall 2017.

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