The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a nationally recognized program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of community-conscious Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO APRIL 14, 2023
Before applying, please read the YAP program materials below, including the applicant guide, which includes a step-by-step process of how to fill out the application.
Click here to apply through the Smithsonian’s Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).
This program will be offered in English. Applicants are not required to speak Spanish to apply.
YAP is a life-long opportunity for enrichment, development, and resource access via the Smithsonian and its valuable partners, thereby creating a community of community-conscious Latino leaders.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Young Ambassadors Program.
As a Young Ambassador, you will get to impact your community through your Internship experience.
The YAP Alumni Network keeps students engaged beyond the internship and provides them with continuing professional and leadership development opportunities. The YAP network has a 97% graduation rate and is known for transforming high school graduates into college-educated, early-career professionals poised for success. Many alumni embark on successful careers in the arts, business, education, and technology sectors, among others.
Check out YAP in Action, visit our FLICKR page.
Click here for the Young Ambassador Program Alumni Long Term 2017 Evaluation.
Young Ambassadors in Your Community
The Young Ambassadors Program and its Alumni Network implement the Alcancemos community outreach events that include mentor days at local high schools and summer library reading days, which aim to foster Latino success in K-12 and higher education by establishing community near-peer mentors and role models discussing educational opportunities.