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July 9 - July 16, 2022

A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Virtual Leadership Summit is an intensive leadership program in Chicago designed to build the next generation of global leaders. It is open to teenage girls, ages 14–16, from Chicago and its 29 international sister cities.

The Summit provides a globally-immersive experience for leadership development, cross-cultural awareness and civic exchange while building relationships to last a lifetime. Participants engage with business and civic leaders and participate in workshops, discussions and presentations on advocacy, activism and leadership.

Since its inception in 2016, over 200 girls from Chicago and around the world have participated in the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, which aims to:

  • Empower emerging leaders 
  • Teach strategies for leadership, advocacy and activism
  • Inspire girls to become agents of change
  • Build a network of globally minded women leaders

Participants are selected via a competitive application process. The application is available to girls, ages 14-16, who live in and/or attend school in the city of Chicago or one of its 29 sister cities and have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.

This will be a virtual Summit. There is no cost to attend the Summit. 

For more information, please visit: www.chicagosistercities.com/initiative/global-youth-ambassadors

Applications are due by March 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST (GMT-5), for the Global Youth Ambassadors Virtual Leadership Summit.

Before you begin the application, please ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements. Once you confirm your eligibility with the questions below, you will proceed to the application.


- The Summit is open to female-identified teenagers, ages 14-16 (at the time of the Summit).
- Applicants from Chicago and its 29 international sister cities are invited to apply; however, applicants must either reside, or attend school, in Chicago or one of its 29 sister cities (see sister city list below).
- Applicants must have a good command of the English language (no interpretation services will be provided).
- Applicants should have an interest in international relations, leadership, advocacy, activism or gender studies.
- Applicants must be able to participate in daily sessions on Zoom each day of the Summit (July 9-16, 2022) that last two hours from 8am – 10am CST (GMT-5) and complete daily assignments on their own time, outside of the Summit hours. Applicants must also be able to participate in a separate orientation day the week before the Summit (date to be confirmed).
- Applicants must be willing to participate in online alumnae events with fellow awardees after the Summit.
- There is no cost to attend the Summit.

Chicago's Sister Cities:

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Amman, Jordan                            
  • Athens, Greece                             
  • Belgrade, Serbia                                          
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom    
  • Bogota, Colombia                        
  • Busan, Republic of Korea            
  • Casablanca, Morocco                  
  • Delhi, India                                    
  • Durban, South Africa                   
  • Galway, Ireland                            
  • Gothenburg, Sweden                  
  • Hamburg, Germany                     
  • Kyiv, Ukraine                                 
  • Lahore, Pakistan
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Milan, Italy
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Paris, France
  • Petach Tikva, Israel
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Shanghai, China
  • Shenyang, China
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Warsaw, Poland