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The YMCA has a presence in 119 countries around the world. The Y of Greater Seattle has a long history of commitment to global work. Throughout the years the Seattle Y has invested in youth, young adults and communities' members' growth and journey in becoming global leaders by harnessing the power of the Global YMCA. 

We believe that as our local community becomes more diverse, it is imperative for young people to become more culturally and globally competent. The Y supports global competence by helping young people investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas and collaborate with diverse audiences. 

Who is Global Teens for?

The Global Teens Program is designed to develop international understanding, leadership skills and cultural competency as well as provide service learning opportunities for youth ages 14-17.  It promotes civic engagement and a deeper understanding of social issues on a local and global scale to prepare young people to lead in the 21st century.

Where are we going in 2018?

 

India

Trip Dates: July 18th - 29th, 2018

Global Teens selected for this program will participate in pre-trip gatherings at the Bellevue Family YMCA engaging in cultural competency learning and preparing for a service-learning experience visiting Madurai, India. Curriculum includes self-reflection, community events, and a service-learning project focused on Education Access. Participants will also learn parts of the Tamil language and culture, and dive deep into social justice conversations about global poverty.

Application Deadline December 20th, 2017

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Japan

Trip Dates: July 30th-Aug 8th, 2018

Chosen Global Teens participants will attend pre-trip gatherings focused on team-building, leadership development and cultural competency trainings in preparation for their trip. On the trip, each student will experience Japanese language, life and culture and connect with local youth through their three day trip to YMCA Camp Yoshima, visiting historic Kyoto, touring Kobe and a home-stay with a Japanese family from the Kobe YMCA. 

Application Deadline December 20th, 2017

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Mexico

Trip Dates: August 4th-Aug 11th, 2018

Global Teens selected for this program will participate in pre-trip gatherings at the West Seattle YMCA engaging in cultural competency learning and preparing for a service-learning experience visiting Mexico. Curriculum includes self-reflection, community events, and a service-learning project focused on women's rights & food sustainability. Participants will also learn parts of the Spanish language and culture, and dive deep into social justice conversations about equality and food sustainability.

Application Deadline December 20th, 2017

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Nicaragua

Trip Dates: August 4th-Aug 12th, 2018

Global Teens selected for this program will participate in pre-trip gatherings at the Auburn Valley YMCA engaging in cultural competency learning and preparing for a service-learning experience visiting Nicaragua. Curriculum includes self-reflection, community events, and a service-learning project focused on women's rights & food sustainability. Participants will also learn parts of the Spanish language and culture, and dive deep into social justice conversations about equality and food sustainability.

Application Deadline December 20th, 2017

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