100 Interns Stronger: TWC Launches New Mexico Program

100 Interns Stronger: TWC Launches New Mexico Program

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Maha Neouchy
October 07, 2014

The Washington Center welcomed 100 new students to Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 7, as a part of the Mexico 100 professional development program. The initiative brings Mexican college students to Washington to learn how to develop cross-sector partnerships that strengthen civil society and address social changes in their country.

 

Mexico 100 is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative and is administered in conjunction with two Mexican organizations: The Fundacion de Liderazgo Avanzado and Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud. Its students will participate in signature TWC experiential education programs including internships, project development courses, civic engagement projects, professional skills workshops and site visits.

 

Ambassadors Blunt the Culture Shock

 

More than 60 current TWC students are serving as ambassadors supporting the Mexico 100 students’ transition to life in the United States. Ambassadors will serve as peer mentors, engaging in diplomacy and promoting cultural awareness efforts as they introduce their Mexican counterparts to Washington.

 

“This is a great opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills and learn about other cultures,” said Simrat Kaur (Institution: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey), who, like many of his fellow students, considers ambassadorship a valuable addition to his TWC experience.

 

Another ambassador, Jordan Lysiak (Institution: Florida Gulf Coast University) agrees, seeing the program as a chance to “work on my mentoring skills for any future programs or careers in which I might take part.”

 

Click here to view photos from the TWC Ambassadors Training

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