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Young Professionals of the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council

We have stellar individuals coming into the area every month through the International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges.  To make sure they are meeting our own up-and-coming locals, we began brainstorming with 20- and 30-somethings in the community.  The result is a new group dedicated to helping young professionals develop a worldwide network of...

Galvanizing Youth for Environmental Protection

In early May, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council (GCCDC) hosted a group of seven environmental activists and youth workers from Algeria and Morocco as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focusing on “Galvanizing Youth for Environmental Protection.”  The visitors were interested in meeting and speaking with American...

Jovenes en Accion Reunion Conference

In July 2015, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council and several local families hosted Mexican youth who had traveled to the United States on Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action), a U.S. Department of State leadership exchange. Program Coordinator Matthew Rizzo was one of two Americans selected to attend the group's reunion in Mexico City in...

International Speaker Series

Our International Speaker Series continues with a talk on "Moving Beyond Injury and Overcoming Adversity" by IVLP participant Mr. David Wiseman, offered to the community in partnership with the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club: Monday, July 18th 6 - 7 PM Pensacola Downtown Library 239 N. Spring St.   Wiseman is Head of Armed Forces Programmes...

2016 Annual Meeting

On May 26, 24 members of the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council and their four guests gathered at the Artel Gallery for the group's 2016 Annual Meeting. Dr. Allan Ford and Keith Wilkins both received certificates of appreciation from the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S....

Civilian and Military Partnership Response to Emergencies

In late March and early April, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted two visitors from Iraq as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focusing on civilian and military cooperation during emergencies. The group’s first meeting was with Jonathan Diamond of the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, or BRACE.  Jonathan spoke...

Volunteerism in the U.S.

From March 10th to the 15th, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted six international visitors from Algeria, Bulgaria, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Tajikistan as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focusing on volunteerism in the U.S. The visitors’ first meeting in Pensacola was with City Councilwoman Sherri Myers who welcomed...

Women Political Leaders

In mid-March, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted four women from the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled “Women Political Leaders.” City Councilwoman Sherri Myers met the ladies at City Hall for a welcome to the area and a discussion on her experiences as...

NGOs and the Promotion of Civil Society

For eight days in March the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of six Ukrainian visitors as part of the U.S. Congressional Open World exchange program.  These visitors participated in a project focusing on themes including governmental accountability, promotion of civic participation and civil society, and the role of NGOs in a community....
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