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Building Familia

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

Several generations of YAP alumni met at the programs 10th anniversary celebration

The Smithsonian Latino Center’s (SLC) Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a nationally recognized program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities with the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. Selected students travel to Washington D.C. for a week-long seminar at the Smithsonian for leadership development and skill-building training. Following the seminar, students particpate in a four-week interdisiplinary internship in 17 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

YAP Education Programs Manager Emily Key recently wrote an article about the impact of this opportunity on participants.  Many alumni refer to YAP as “nuestra familia” or “our family”, because of the inter-generational lifelong friendship and guidance alumni offer each other. This support has allowed alumni to complete college, pursue careers and give back to their communities. The YAP alumni college graduation rate is 96.4%, with over 75%   graduating within four years.

To learn more about YAP and their alumni, click here.