Do you know a high school sophomore or junior with a sense of adventure? The deadline to apply for the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19.

The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program, sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities, offers Phoenix teens an opportunity to learn firsthand about another culture through a reciprocal summer student exchange program. High school sophomores and juniors are selected based on their communication skills, maturity, flexibility, leadership and self-confidence. The students live with a host family in their designated sister cities for three weeks during the early summer and then open their homes to their international counterparts when they visit Phoenix in late July. The program is privately funded and no city tax dollars are used.

All applicants can apply for scholarships. Applications are available at For more information, call 602-534-3751 or e-mail Bethany Bennick at


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