EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Ambassadors in Sneakers

Are you a member of a local or regional U.S. youth council, mayor’s advisory youth council or youth committee and interested in taking part in an exchange program with 12 young people from Germany? If the answer is ‘yes,’ then you need to be involved in this!


Ambassadors in Sneakers II: A Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights

What is it?

The Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights is a four-week educational summer program which brings together youth councils from Germany and the USA. The central focus will be on the topic of human rights. It is against this background that participants will learn about both countries’ political structures and international networking. In the course of this transatlantic trip, the young leaders will become familiar with important places and institutions that are significant for developing and defending human rights. At a time when thousands are fleeing their homelands due to political/religious persecution, war, and famine, human rights is a topic which young people of today often question. During their trip, they will meet activists, people affected by recent events, media representatives, speakers, and politicians, and will have the opportunity to learn from them and with them, thus helping gain a fuller perspective on the issues at hand.

Who can go?

Members of local or regional German youth councils or youth parliaments as well as representatives of U.S. youth councils, mayor’s advisory youth councils or youth committees are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be between the ages of 16 and 20. 12 young people from Germany and 12 young people from the USA will take part in the project.


Trip 1: Atlanta & NYC, Saturday, June 3 – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Trip 2: Tübingen & Berlin, Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, August 6, 2017


The “Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights” will do the following:
– support politically active young people in their dedication to human rights and transatlantic perspectives
– offer insights into the political systems of Germany and the USA
– awaken greater sensitivity for both countries’ self-perception and image abroad
– promote transatlantic exchanges of viewpoints about current and future-oriented topics such as immigration, refugee relocation, big data/privacy protection, TTIP, gender debates, etc.
– combine politics, social engagement, meeting people, and having fun together

The German-American Institute:
The project is carried out by the German-American Institute in Tuebingen (Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Tuebingen / d.a.i.), a bi-national educational and cultural organization that provides the city of Tuebingen as well as the larger surrounding region with information about cultural, social, political and economic developments in the USA and in Germany. For more than 60 years it has been dedicated to transatlantic exchange, and still continues to offer events presenting a wide range of perspectives in a variety of formats while keeping dialogue and real-life encounters between people at the center of what it does. The d.a.i. also organizes camps, youth trips, educational trips for teachers, and much more. The institute is supported by the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the German Federal Foreign Office, the city of Tuebingen, the U.S. Embassy, andulri over 1,300 members. Visit us at

Chaperones Wanted!

Interested in being a US chaperone? Please send an email to Meredith Steinmetz at for more information.

For more information and how to apply, please contact Meredith Steinmetz at


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Posted on December 27, 2016, in What's Going On? and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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