The Young Ambassador Program is organized through the Friends of Saint Patrick organization and the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. The Young Ambassadors Program is a program promoted by the Friends of Saint Patrick Chapters in North America. It is designed to promote a greater understanding of the shared cultural heritage of Northern Ireland in North America amongst those aged 20-25. Based on the application on this website and following an interview process, Young Ambassadors will be selected to travel to Northern Ireland to explore various aspects of the history and traditions of the island of Ireland and develop their own chosen cultural dissertations. They will complete their agreed dissertations when they go home and following a successful review will be formally made Young Ambassadors.
2022 Young Ambassadors
"The Young Ambassador Program began as a way for North Americans to build a positive relationship with our part of the world so that they can speak about it with authority and confidence."
-Dr. Tim Campbell, Director of the Saint Patrick Centre
Dr. Tim Campbell is the Executive Director of the Saint Patrick Centre, the only permanent exhibition about Saint Patrick in the world. The Saint Patrick Centre is located in the medieval town of Downpatrick in County Down, Northern Ireland - Saint Patrick’s Country.
Dr. Campbell founded the Friends of Saint Patrick organization as a charity in America and Canada 10 years ago and has been running the Young Ambassador Program since 2007.
Young Ambassadors are chosen by their chapters with the aim of learning about the mission of the Saint Patrick Centre and Northern Ireland and being involved in workplace experiences which will further their careers.
A broad area of cultural research project interest should be noted within this application and the successful applicant will be mentored to develop these within work placements. Areas of interest could relate to any particular aspect of life the North of Ireland including aspects of history, culture, music, reconciliation and Ulster-American links. In the past media students have worked with local newspapers, political students with local elected representatives, those interested in community studies with local volunteer networks, heritage students with organizations like the National Trust, Scots Irish students with the Ulster Scots Agency and those interested in education with local schools. The cultural research projects will be devised prior to departure and developed throughout the Program in Northern Ireland. They will be finalized within one month of return and submitted to the Saint Patrick Centre.
These are a selection of previous Cultural Assignments:
The Journalistic Landscape of Northern Ireland
Education in Northern Ireland - A Review of Student Services at the South Eastern Regional College
Reflections of Museum Services in County Down
Northern Ireland's Legal Systems
Media Services at the Northern Ireland Assembly
Irish Language and the Northern Ireland Education System
Photojournalism in Northern Ireland
Health Services in Northern Ireland - The Down Area Hospital
Ulster Scots Education Provision in Northern Ireland
Voluntary Services and their provision in County Down