Central American Youth Ambassadors (CAYA)
The CAYA Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across Central America to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Exchanges are primarily from Central America to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select Central American countries.
The program offers Central American youth from Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama the opportunity to experience and expand their knowledge of U.S. culture, society, and education. The overarching program goal is to increase mutual understanding among peoples of the Americas. The program will not only provide new knowledge and experience for participants, but also prepare them for a lifetime of leadership and community service.
NMU's International Programs Office, along with Marquette business owners and community members, hosts the students and group leaders for the week-long program twice a year. The purpose is to deliver innovative academic, cultural, and community outreach programs for emerging global student leaders and educate them on entrepreneurship, leadership and volunteering skills. In the community, CAYA students visit local businesses and participate in cross-cultural learning activities with students from local High Schools. The CAYA group leaders also attend workshops and skillbuilders.
The International Programs Office plans to host the CAYA program again in January 2012. For questions about the program or how to become involved, contact the International Programs office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 906-227-2510. Visit the CAYA Facebook
page for additional information, updates and photos.