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Young Ambassadors scholars ready to take off

The third term of the Young Ambassadors’ scholarship program begins in June, when 12 Finnish high school students with an interest in environmental issues set off for Washington D.C. and Colorado. The students made their way to the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki from all over Finland to be awarded the scholarships in the embassy’s new innovation centre on 5 April 2013.

The Young Ambassadors’ Program was co-funded by the United States Embassy in Finland and CIMO. Practical arrangements of the program are taken care of by Youth for Understanding (YFU).

“The best way to promote intercultural understanding is to get to know other people’s lives in person. This program gives Finnish youngsters first-hand knowledge about the United States and American lives. The connections between the U.S. and Finland are already strong, and this program is a wonderful opportunity to make them even stronger”, as the U.S. Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck summed up the role of the program.

“What CIMO hopes to achieve with the Young Ambassadors’ program is to strengthen the schools’ transatlantic co-operation at a practical level – and to give youngsters the opportunity to gain personal experiences and encounters”, says Director of CIMO Pasi Sahlberg.


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