Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy host visiting students

Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy will host a group of 14 students from Mexico visiting Raleigh as part of the Youth in Action program, a joint partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education in Mexico. The 14 teens are among 75 students who earned scholarships to develop skills for leading service projects.

Students were chosen based on the service projects they proposed to help their schools and communities. Students will take part in an introductory program in Mexico City, 10 days of intensive English language instruction in Vermont and a leadership conference in Washington, DC. Then the group will separate into teams that will travel to one of five host cities. One team will arrive in Raleigh on July 20 and stay until August 1.

Through partnerships with various local and state organizations the teens will be provided leadership training and seminars. They will use these new skills to teach other teens about youth empowerment, building group identity and taking citizen action as well as dealing with bullying, crime, drugs and child labor.

The program is seeking Wake County families who want to host one of the students in their homes. If you are willing to help, contact James di Carlo of the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy for additional information at jdi-carlo@wcpss.net or call him at 305-213-8385.