2020 Youth Ambassador Exchange Programme

The Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board is now seeking second level students to serve as Youth Ambassadors for 2020 on its Youth Ambassador Exchange Programme. The ideal Ennis Youth Ambassador is a leader excited by the opportunity to positively represent Ennis and Co. Clare by travelling to Phoenix, Arizona, experiencing new cultures, and sharing their own customs with foreign counterparts.

Since its inception in 1991, this annual cultural and educational youth ambassador initiative has had over 250 second level students participate in exchange programmes between Ennis and Phoenix. Additionally, in excess of 20 teachers were involved in an information technology exchange during the Ennis Information Age Town project, some years ago.

Students who participate in the Ennis Youth Ambassador Programme have the opportunity to meet fellow students from other Phoenix sister (twinned) cities i.e.Calgary, Canada; Hermosillo, Mexico; Grenoble, France; Chengdu, China; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Taipei, Taiwan; Catania, Italy and Ramat-Gan, Israel.

Purpose
The overall purpose of programme is to offer Ennis Youth Ambassadors the opportunity to appreciate and understand different cultures – with an overarching goal that the experience each participating student gains as a Youth Ambassador, will help prepare him/her to eventually assume their place with confidence, in the global community.

Exchange Dates for 2020
Phoenix Youth Ambassadors normally visit Ennis for a 3 week period in June while Ennis Youth Ambassadors travel to Phoenix in July for a further 3 week period.

Application & Selection Process
Application is open to Transition Year and 4th/5th year students attending any second level school or college in Ennis. Each applicant must complete an application form, including supplementary information, and participate in group and/or individual interviews. Completed application forms, see below, must be returned to: Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board, c/o Chamber of Commerce, O’Connell Street, Ennis not later than Friday 15th November 2019.

Application Form and Checklist

Application Form 2020

Checklist 2020

Ennis Phoenix Youth Ambassador Guidelines and Responsibilities 2020