Established in 1993 after the Los Angeles Riots (SAIGU) took place, Los Angeles based Pacific Century Institute in conjunction with New York based the Korea Society select 16 students (eight from Los Angeles and eight from New York) each year to participate in this program as Youth Ambassadors. The goal of Project Bridge is to instill a sense of understanding and respect to “bridge” the gap between cultures through simultaneous and teachings of cultural awareness and leadership skills.

Throughout the year-long academic year, Los Angeles and New York students attend different bi-weekly workshops focusing on topics such as: building and strengthening leadership skills though presentation and public speaking; education on intercultural understanding on race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture; education on Korea and its culture, history, language, economy, and policy; and the 1992 LA Riots, which deeply affected the area’s Korean American community. The highlight of Project Bridge is a fully subsidized ten-day study tour in South Korea.

During the study tour, Youth Ambassadors are able to interact with local high school students, Korean government and business officials; develop international etiquette; and fully immerse in the Korean culture and customs. Project Bridge culminates in a final presentation/graduation upon returning from the study tour. Youth Ambassadors graduate from the program as more mindful youth leaders as they become promoters of individual and societal change.

Activities during the year-long program include:
· Seminars covering Korean history, language and culture
· Bi-weekly workshops on multicultural youth leadership issues and relations
· Field trips
· Community Service
· 10-day educational study tour of Korea

Applications are now open for the Project Bridge 2023-2024 Youth Ambassadors! Los Angeles (deadline: Oct 13, 2023)

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