Since 1993, Spirit of Youth has arranged exchanges for students aged 15-17, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience some exceptional travel and learning opportunities. These specialized tours focus on the fields of governance, medicine, sports, the arts and education. The effect on the participants has been remarkable. 

The program is structured so that the group can participate and gain experiences in the following key areas:

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

CHALLENGING ACTIVITIES

INTERACTION WITH UK PEERS

CIVIC LEADERSHIP

COMMUNITY INTERACTIONS

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

SELECTION PROCESS The students undergo a rigorous and multi-layered selection process demonstrating their unique qualifications. They are rewarded by flying to Great Britain. Typically, this is their first time abroad and on an aircraft. The students are required to attend orientation sessions that acquaint them with some British history and geography, landmarks and attractions.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES: Each Program is two-weeks in duration and allows the group to become immersed in cultural, communal and challenging activities. 
The visiting group from LA are accompanied throughout their visit by a similar group of UK teens. These British teens will in turn visit LA the following year.

During their escorted tours, the teens interact with their British counterparts through carefully orchestrated experiences such as sporting events, exposure to career opportunities, visiting British schools, sightseeing and the opportunity to meet local and/or national politicians and other dignitaries.

Each day is filled with activities and projects that challenge their perceptions and expands their understanding of the global environment. The experience increases the participants' understanding of different cultures, while encouraging a greater tolerance of race, religion and philosophies on a local and global scale. Leadership and collaborative abilities are also developed throughout the programs.

EVALUATION: In all cases, the youth return to their homelands, with a new maturity and the willingness to focus seriously on their future and to develop the skills to make good career choices.

Spirit of Youth follows up with post exchange assessments and maintains relationships with the youth in each exchange, to sustain the commitment to becoming future leaders in government, business, medicine and the community. 
HOW AN EXCHANGE WORKS: "LA 2 GB" TRIP
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