Project Bridge 2023-2024 Application is NOW OPEN!

Prospective Youth Ambassadors are invited to apply for Project Bridge, an intercultural youth leadership program that aims to cultivate future community leaders and introduce them to U.S.- Korea relations, with an emphasis on cultural and racial sensitivity and a firm understanding of Korea. The goal of this unique program is to “bridge” the gap among cultures through cultural awareness and leadership training, with Korea as its case study. Juniors and seniors in Greater Los Angeles public schools are eligible to apply.

In conjunction with the New York-based The Korea Society and The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana in Missoula, the Pacific Century Institute coordinates a year-long intercultural outreach program for eligible high school students. Originally created in response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the program selects a total of 24 student Youth Ambassadors from Los Angeles, New York City and Missoula.

Once selected, participants meet regularly for educational workshops that focus on topics such as Korean history, language, modern society, and U.S.-Korea relations, as well as the history of race relations in the U.S. Participants gain insights into Korea, acquire leadership skills, and develop intercultural understanding. The highlight of Project Bridge is a fully subsidized ten-day study tour of Korea in March 2024, including visits to numerous historical sites and a homestay with a Korean high school student.

Paper and Online applications must be submitted by Monday, October 13, 2023.

Mail completed applications to:

Pacific Century Institute
Project Bridge
19850 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Must be postmarked by Monday, October 13, 2023.

Download application forms

Project Bridge Youth Ambassador
Student Information
Application Form
Parent/Guardian Consent Form
Recommendation Form
After reading the application below


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Eligibility Requirements

• Be a high school student in the 11th or 12th grades during the 2023-2024 school year.
• Attend a public high school in the Greater Los Angeles area and reside in Los Angeles County.
• Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
• Have a passing Grade Point Average (GPA).
• Demonstrate a strong interest and desire to learn about different cultures.
• Be able to attend bi-monthly events and meetings from November 2023 to June 2024 both in-person and by Zoom.
• Be able to be absent from school for several days during the study tour to the Republic of Korea in spring 2024. As part of the tour generally occurs during schools spring break, usually there is only a 4 to 5 days where you will miss school.
• Note: There are no student costs for this program. It is totally funded by the Pacific Century Institute.

Application Instructions

The Project Bridge Youth Ambassador Program is an online application.

General tips:

• There are 8 application tasks that you will complete. For each task you have the option to ‘save and continue’ or to ‘mark as complete’. Regardless of what option you choose, you have the ability to return to the task and make edits.
• Throughout the process, you have the ability to review your entries. You are encouraged to do so, especially before submitting.
• Once you submit the application, you cannot make changes.

Application Steps

Step 1: Click on the link below to access the application portal.
Step 2: Login. Most applicants will need to create an account. Please record your userID and password and keep in a safe place. You do not need to complete the application in one sitting, but will need to logon using your account information to return to your application.
Step 3: In some cases, you may need to select the Program to which you want to apply. Make sure to select Los Angeles Project Bridge Youth Ambassador Program at Pacific Century Institute.
Step 4: Start the application. It consists of 8 Tasks.
Task 1: General Information
Task 2: School Information
o Required Document: Your high school transcript or student record.
Task 3: Honors and Extracurricular Activities
o In the text boxes you can type in or cut and paste your responses. Pay attention to word count limits.
o Optional Document: You have the option to upload a resume.
Task 4: Essays
o In the text boxes you can type in or cut and paste your responses. Pay attention to word count limits.
Task 5: Recommender 1 information
Task 6: Recommender 2 information
o You are required to have two recommendations. Recommenders will receive an email notice of your request. Once they have submitted a recommendation, you will receive an email notice that the recommendation has been received. You will not be able to view the recommendations.
Task 7: School and Parent Signatures
o Required Document: You will need to download the signature document which is provided, get the required signatures, scan the document and upload.
Task 8: Program Information and Your Signature.
o Use your cursor to sign your name.
Step 5: Review your application and submit

For further information or for any questions, please contact:
Program Schedule:

DEADLINE: October 13, 2023 | Application Submission Deadline

November 2023 | Announcement of Finalists
March 2024 | Study tour
June 2024 | Program Graduation