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Citizen Diplomat Academy

A free, virtual, international exchange program for high school and university students in Philadelphia and abroad who are interested in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. 

The Citizen Diplomat Academy introduces students to new friends internationally. Students learn to be a Citizen Diplomat and apply the core skills of diplomacy, cross-cultural dialogue, STEM entrepreneurship and social innovation from a rotating group of instructors from the top universities, start-up businesses, social innovation labs, and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and around the world. 

How to Succeed as a STEM Innovator
If you love science, technology, engineering, and math innovations, this exchange will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Philadelphia's expanding innovation ecosystem, in places like Pennovation and the Science Center. Best of all you will personally hear from Philadelphia's STEM innovators who turned their inventions into businesses and are saving lives around the world through their own technology and scientific discoveries and who are leaders in social entrepreneurship. Experts at the Dialogue Institute will guide you through how to have informed conversations, examine and respond to stereotypes and bias in STEM fields and speak like a leader. 

Guest Speakers have included: 

How to Succeed as a Social Innovator
If you want to see the world improved through art and music, politics and law, or community leadership, this exchange teaches you how to use dialogue to address worldwide challenges and other UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students will personally hear from Philadelphia and international innovators who are working with their communities to make our world a more peaceful and prosperous place for everyone. Experts at the Dialogue Institute will guide you through how to have informed conversations, examine and respond to stereotypes and bias in your community, and speak like a leader. 

Guest Speakers have included:

What's your time commitment?

This 4-week or 8-week virtual program is a commitment of 60-90minutes of 'live' learning on Zoom and 1-2 hours of activities done on your own time, like chatting, blogging, watching videos, and more.  

What will you learn from an international exchange?

Global learning opportunities like this will give you lifelong, worldwide friendships, and attract other benefits, such as enhanced global career opportunities. 

Who can apply?
Any young person, age 14-18, in the Philadelphia Metropolitan region, including S.E. New Jersey and Delaware. Young people from Sister Cities will have preferred admission, but any teen worldwide with English Language proficiency may apply for our 'Worldwide' programs.

What's the cost? 

It's free to participate.


HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Participants: Age 14-18, High School level, 25 from Philadelphia, US / 25 from outside the U.S.

How To Succeed As A STEM Innovator: Philadelphia - Worldwide

Exchange A: Tuesdays, October 19 - December 14, 2021
Times:  4 PM - 5 PM (PHL) / Find Your Class time on World Time Buddy
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Exchange B: Saturdays, October 16 - December 11, 2021
Times: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PHL) / Find Your Class time on World Time Buddy
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How to Succeed as a Social Innovator: Philadelphia - Worldwide

Exchange C:  Wednesdays, October 20 - December 15, 2021
Times:
4 PM - 5 PM (PHL) /
Find Your Class time on World Time Buddy
Apply  →

Exchange D:  Saturdays, October 16 - December 11, 2021
Times: 11 AM - 12 PM (PHL) / Find Your Class time on World Time Buddy
Apply  →


Don't wait! APPLY NOW. 

It is easy to participate.  All you need to do is complete this short APPLICATION FORM.  

Space is limited to 25 Philadelphia-area and 25 international students per exchange.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


Questions?

Read our FAQs.

Email youthprograms@cdiphila.org to learn more. 

Educators and Parents

Download the Program Guide.

PAST EXCHANGES

How To Succeed As A STEM Innovator:
  • Philadelphia - Sister City Frankfurt, Germany Exchange (4 WK), Saturdays April 24-May 22, 2021,  9 AM - 10:30 AM (PHL) 
  • Philadelphia - Dubai, UAE Exchange (4 WK), Tuesdays, June 29 - July 27, 10 AM - 11:30 AM (PHL) / 6 PM - 7:30 PM (Dubai)
  • Philadelphia - Open World International Exchange (4 WK), Tuesdays, August 3 - 24, 10 AM - 11:30 AM (PHL) 
How to Succeed as a Social Innovator:
  • Philadelphia - Sister City Frankfurt, Germany Exchange (4 WK), Saturdays, April 24-May 22, 2021, 11 AM - 12:30 PM (PHL) 
  • Philadelphia - Dubai, UAE Exchange (4 WK), Wednesdays, June 30 - July 28, 10 AM - 11:30 PM (PHL) / 6 PM - 7:30 PM (Dubai)
  • Philadelphia - Open Open World International Exchange (4 WK),  Wednesdays August 4 - 25, 10 AM - 11:30 AM (PHL) 

YOUR DONATION HOLDS THE KEYS TO GLOBAL CHANGE

These life-changing international exchanges remains free to students because if generous donors, like you!   High school students are open-minded and ready to learn about themselves and the world; but COVID has cancelled in-person travel world-wide. With your help, an introduction to one international friend, made at this point in their development, can influence the trajectory of their lives in a positive, lasting way.

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EDUCATION SPONSORS

Major funding for Citizen Diplomat Academy Youth Exchanges was provided by The MidDay Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Connelly Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, Chris and Ellen Maguire, and many donations from generous individuals, like you, who want youth worldwide to see the unlimited possibilities the future has in store for global citizens.

Sponsor a Student or an Exchange 

P ROGRAM PARTNERS

Citizen Diplomacy International supports the Sustainable Development Goals