Rianka Chance from St. Vincent and the Grenadines is among the 2022 cohort of US Youth Ambassadors announced by the US Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean this week.
The other Ambassadors are Ajante Fraser from Antigua and Barbuda, Ethan Goodridge from Barbados, Abby Williams from Dominica, Berniah Forrester from Grenada and Sade Gustave from Saint Lucia. They will be joined by adult mentor Nadina Williams from Grenada on the two-week program in the United States from July 26 to August 5.
During their program, they will visit the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C., where they will join hundreds of other participants from the Caribbean and Latin America. They will later move on in smaller groups for an experience in other US cities, where they will participate in workshops on leadership and entrepreneurship, observe social impact projects, meet with U.S. government representatives, visit schools in the region, and give presentations about their countries.
The US Youth Ambassadors Program is a US State Department-funded leadership exchange that brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.