The U.S. Department of State selected Ms. Nathaly Rivera Victoria of Colombia as December’s International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout December, Ms. Victoria’s leadership in organizing her peers in civic engagement will be recognized on the International Exchange Alumni website, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official website for the more than one million Department-sponsored exchange alumni worldwide. Each month, the Bureau’s Office of Alumni Affairs, which supports alumni as they build on their exchange experiences, confers this award on an outstanding alumnus or alumna.
Ms. Victoria is an alumna of the 2008 Youth Ambassadors Program. She applied for the program to share her Colombian culture with others and also learn about other cultures. She came away from the program energized to encourage volunteerism in her own community and quickly got to work. In the summer of 2008, Ms. Victoria mobilized the support of a women’s organization and the mayor of her community to raise awareness among hundreds of local residents about the environmental impacts of careless waste disposal. She later implemented a similar campaign for students at her local high school. In 2009, Ms. Victoria worked with a fellow alumnus to co-found the Youth Colombian Leaders, an organization that unites young leaders to increase youth participation in community service and confront Colombia’s major social problems. Ms. Victoria is currently working with alumni around the globe to develop an International Youth Ambassador Network by supporting the creation of a national Youth Ambassadors network in Colombia. This initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas, will allow Ms. Victoria and fellow Youth Ambassador alumni to leverage their network and expertise as they continue to make a difference in the world.
To learn more about Ms. Victoria, visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ website at http://eca.state.gov/impact/alumni-achievements.
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For more information, visit https://alumni.state.gov on International Exchange Alumni, and http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/youth-ambassadors on the Youth Ambassadors Program.