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Youth Ambassadors of Brazil

In mid-January, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed a group of 12 young leaders and an adult chaperone from Brazil as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Youth Ambassadors program.  In 2016, this leadership program selected 50 high school-aged students in Brazil from among thousands of their peers for the opportunity to go...

NGO Management

In late January, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of eight visitors from Algeria, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia.  While in Pensacola, they engaged in a schedule of meetings aimed at giving them an insight into the best management practices of nonprofit organizations. First, Pensacola City Councilman P.C....

Children in the U.S. Justice System

In late January, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted visitors from Armenia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, Jamaica, Lebanon, and Malaysia as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) project concerning children in the U.S justice system. Gary McGraw, a volunteer facilitator...

YSEALI Lunch & Learn

In 2015, Pensacola native & environmentalist Mollie Taylor traveled to Cambodia on a US Dept of State reverse exchange as an Young Southeast Asian Leader Initiative (YSEALI) mentor. Come learn about YSEALI, the challenges facing its member states, and what comes next for YSEALI participants. About Mollie:  Mollie Taylor received a B.S. in Marine Science...

Diplomacy Club

Come meet our latest group of international visitors at an informal gathering we like to call Diplomacy Club & bring along a friend who may be curious about citizen diplomacy. Our 22 English-speaking visitors will be from Armenia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Guatemala, Hungary, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malaysia, Moldova, Nepal,...

Visitor from Rwanda

In early November, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted Ms. Jeannie Mwiliriza from Rwanda as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This particular project focused on women’s shelters, domestic violence courts, and the role of law enforcement in combating domestic violence. In addition, Ms. Mwiliriza visited a local host...

Law & Legal Issues

In early November, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of six visitors from China investigating law & legal issues as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Councilman Charles Bare welcomed the visitors to the city and provided insight into our history before presenting them with certificates of...

Combating Corruption

In late November, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of four visitors from Croatia who looked at combating corruption and conflicts of interest as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The visitors’ week of professional appointments kicked off with a visit to Pensacola City Hall where Councilwoman...

Project Focusing on Entrepreneurship

In mid-November the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed 11 visitors from across Latin America as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) project highlighting entrepreneurship in the U.S. and ways to expand the small business network across the Americas.  These distinguished visitors came to us from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,...

Latin American Visitors

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council’s last group of 2105 was a group of six visitors from Latin America participating in a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program project titled “Understanding U.S. Drug Control Policy and Demand Reduction Efforts.”  All of the delegates work in the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse...
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