Project Bridge 2019-2020 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, 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 16 student Youth Ambassadors and four educator group leaders from New York City and Los Angeles.

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 April 2020, including visits to numerous historical sites and a homestay with a Korean high school student.

Now in its 27th year, Project Bridge is expanding its outreach to a new demographic of primarily rural and Native American youths. The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana in Missoula has joined as the newest Project Bridge partner. Founded in 1983, its mission is to promote U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs. It is named for Mike Mansfield, a former U.S. senator and Ambassador to Japan, who left an enduring mark on U.S. international diplomacy. The Center has strong youth international exchange programs with Japan, China, Thailand, and Cambodia. This will be their first youth exchange with Korea; students and staff will be fully integrated into the program.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 11, 2019.

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Mail applications to:

Angie Pak
Pacific Century Institute
19850 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

New York applicants, please visit this link for application forms.

Program Schedule:

DEADLINE: October 11, 2019 | Application Postmark Deadline

November 2019 | Announcement of Finalists

April 2020 | Study tour