|U.S. Interests Section in Havana|
The teen-agers will remain in the U.S. for three to four weeks as part of the project, called "Summer Leadership Program for Cuban Youth."
Participants must be 16 to 18 years old. English proficiency is not required. The program will be conducted in Spanish.
The Cuban students will take part in "youth-appropriate leadership activities and workshops in a safe environment, interact with American youth and gain first-hand experience with community engagement."
Students will stay with American families for six to eight days during the program "to further introduce the students to American culture."
The State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs on May 29 announced that it is looking for a non-governmental organization or an educational institution to run the project. The application deadline is June 30.
According to the bureau's request for applications:
The program delivery should be primarily interactive activities, practical experiences, and other hands-on opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of a civil society, leadership skills, critical thinking, democratic principles and community service. The activities could include participation in clubs, camps, seminars, workshops, simulations and role-playing, teambuilding exercises, case studies, a volunteer service project, leadership training exercises, meetings, classroom visits, site visits, and social time among peers.