Student Ambassador Program
What is the Student Ambassador Program?
The Student Ambassador Program is a two-part program designed to familiarize middle school students with global issues and cultures through interaction with foreign nationals or regional experts. The program consists of International Speaker Visits to participating schools and culminates in a Conference with keynote and breakout speakers.
Who participates in this program?
Twenty-three middle schools from Pittsburgh and surrounding areas participated in the program last year, which reached nearly 1,300 students. Social studies, gifted, world language, English, and art teachers alike can find their curricula enhanced through involvement in this program. All students, particularly those who do not usually have the opportunity to experience global cultures, will benefit from participation.
Part I - International Speaker Visit
Each participating school will host one speaker. During the International Speaker visit, presenters will share information and activities on their country and culture of expertise. Teachers will prepare their students in advance of the visit to enable their students to take advantage of this unique cultural exchange opportunity.
Part II - Student Ambassador Conference
Student Ambassadors undefined who are carefully chosen by their teachers undefined will participate in the Student Ambassador Conference at the University of Pittsburgh campus. Students will hear from a prominent keynote speaker and participate in interactive breakout sessions. Following the Conference, students and teachers will have the option to take a tour of the Nationality Rooms.
How much does the program cost?
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center, and Global Solutions Pittsburgh believe global education is essential for all students. Therefore, this program is offered free of charge
for middle schoolers and teachers in the Pittsburgh region. Schools will need to cover transportation to and from the Conference.
When is the Program?
The Student Ambassador Program runs throughout the academic year. Cultural Competency visits will start in October, and International Speaker visits will run December through late April. Visits can be arranged around busy school and testing schedules.
The Program culminates in the Student Ambassador Conference in May on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Participating schools will have the option to tour the Nationality Rooms following the Conference.
The Student Ambassador Program is designed to be flexible and responsive to schools’ needs, therefore all menu items are available to participating schools. It is recommended that schools participate in all components of the program. However, in recognition of busy school schedules and restricted budgets, schools are able to select the components they would like to participate in. All first-time schools are required to participate in the Teacher Workshop.
Teachers are requested to provide complete information during registration, including preferred dates for school visits, the number of student participants, and grade levels. Curricular information and speaker preferences are also requested. Your detailed registration information will enable the partnering organizations to tailor the program to your school. Contact Us
Please contact Amiena Mahsoob, Deputy Director, Education Programs, at 412.281.7973 or by email for more information.
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