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AMP Newsletter – Fall 2016

Hello Friends!

Greetings from all of us at AMP Global Youth (Americans for Informed Democracy)! We hope you’re having a great fall. We are excited to share five free and powerful opportunities for youth with an interest in global issues, below. Please read, share and stay in touch!

We’re thrilled to launch Culturama, a new virtual game that connects youth in the US and the Middle East! Through working with other players to stop a team of culture-stealing robots, this innovative experience fosters collaboration, problem solving, cross-cultural knowledge, and shared understanding. Want to be in the first group to play the game? You can! The first round kicks off this month.

We’re offering this *free* experience to a select number of schools and students this year. It’s a great complement to curriculum and will help to deepen cross-cultural understanding. Space is very limited! Individuals, please sign up here. Schools and programs please contact Tahil at Tahil@aidemocracy.org.

Calling all young global leaders! Global Leader is a free and online social change training for youth who are eager to expand their leadership, communications, and advocacy skills. Four virtual workshops take place over four weeks and cover topics ranging from pitching your cause to recruiting volunteers, to organizing a great campus event. Space very limited: apply today! Schools and groups please contact Cathy at opportunities@aidemocracy.org.

DYK we’re an entirely youth-driven network? Dedicated to building the next generation of young global leaders, we offer meaningful, virtual leadership experiences year-round, including:

  • Join our national team! We accept applications for leadership, volunteer and intern positions in our communications, campaigns, blogging and tech teams year-round. Find out more here.
  • Start an AMP Global Youth Chapter on your campus! Bring conversation and action around global issues to your school or community. We’ll offer resources and support along the way. Click here to get started.
  • Join us to talk about global issues, youth leadership and social change on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Our friends at STAND are co-hosting the 5th Annual Women & Genocide Symposium and corresponding Student Action Days in Washington, D.C. October 21-24.
  • The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) is hosting an Online Graduate School Fair on November 16! Register now to chat one on one with top APSIA schools from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Our summer program for high school students was a resounding success as 25 students came to Washington, D.C. to explore the world of global issues and advocacy! From meeting with leaders like former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to learning about the movements to stop child marriage, curb nuclear weapons and get all kids into school, students spent two weeks expanding their skills, networks, and horizons. 2017 dates coming soon on the website: www.globalscholar.org
Major thanks to all of our partners and speakers, including: The Stanley Foundation, the Aspen Institute, APSIA, the Eurasia Foundation, the Global Campaign for Education, Girls Not Brides, ActionAid USA. GirlRising, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the GWU and AU Office of Admissions, the State Department Critical Language Program, the Boren Fellowship, Peace Corps, the Embassies of China, Cameroon, Mexico and Croatia, and many more!


  • Three Reasons Why YOU Should Care About Global Issues by Julie Wang (Training Team Intern). “Growing up in a sheltered community, I was never truly exposed to global issues as a child. But as I began to navigate my public school career, I am slowly becoming a more and more global student. For me, here are the top reasons why I (and youth everyone) should care about global issues…”
  • Immersing Yourself In A New Culture, Without the Shock! by Tahil Sharma (Hope not Hate Team Coordinator). “It takes a little socializing, the support of locals like a host family or friends, to help you really take advantage of a trip of a lifetime. For my own experience, here are some suggestions of what you can do to make the best of your opportunity abroad…”
  • The Beauty of Farmers’ Markets by Maia Scott (Campaign Team Volunteer). “The food sold is fresh and has better flavor because it is grown using simpler farming techniques; more similar to the ones our ancestors used… I find reassurance in this because I know the food going into my body is simple and pure.”
  • The Top 5 Problems with the Global Food System by Toni O’Boyle (Campaign Coordinator). “Our current food system is rife with inequalities and issues that prevent adequate food security for all, and have consequences for individuals as well as our global environment. Here are the top five problems with the global food system…”
  • Small Contributions Towards Big Changes: A Collective Fight Against Sexual Violence by Heather Poole (Campaign Team Volunteer). “Whether you’re speaking in front of a crowd, marching with fellow survivors or volunteering online, there’s more than one way to be part of a collective movement…”

Check out some of our content below and see our full list of blogs here.


Get inspired by the most recent snapshots of young global leaders from our 1000 Visions of Global Change series, below!

What is your vision of the world? Share it with us and be one of our 1000 Visions for Global Change!

Thank you for continuously supporting our efforts to empower youth to be the global leaders our world so desperately needs. Together, we can do great things.



– Tahil and the rest of the AMP Global Youth / Americans for Informed Democracy Team
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