Wednesday, March 29, 2017

About YAEP

YAEP Alumni


Are you a former participant of the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program?  If you are, then you're in the right place!  

Here you can learn about how you can stay involved with the program, reconnect with other alumni, and participate in alumni functions. You can read about what the YAEP Alumni Association has been up to and find opportunities to get involved.  Keep in mind that the possibilities are endless: if you have an idea for a new alumni activity, trip, or endeavor, speak up and we’ll try to make it happen.

Keeping in Touch

Here you can find a roster from your year.

YAEP 2006   YAEP 2007   YAEP 2008   YAEP 2009   YAEP 2010
YAEP 2011   YAEP 2012   YAEP 2013        



If you're interesting in staying in touch with other YAEP alumni and/or volunteering locally/abroad, then read on!


Alumni Humanitarian Trips

Information regarding the 2013 YAEP Alumni Humanitarian Trip is now available! Please click here to view the latest flyer.

In the spring of 2012 the YAEP Alumni Association launched their first ever YAEP Alumni Humanitarian Trip.  This was a weekend trip to Hermosillo where alumni worked in an orphanage and were home hosted by some Hermosillo teens.  A second trip followed in the fall of 2012 where a relationship between the alumni group and the International Relations Club of UVM was finalized.  UVM organized a day of service at Instituto de Kino and again hosted our alumni in their homes for the weekend.  The group took a private shuttle to Hermosillo and back.  In addition to working in the orphanage the alumni participated in a weekend cultural exchange touring and learning about the city. A third humanitarian trip to the orphanage followed in the fall of 2013. This spring, our Hermosillo counterparts will reciprocate. Phoenix will host a volunteer group from Hermosillo. Future alumni humanitarian trips back to Hermosillo and other Sister Cities are in the planning phases. 

    • Click here to read an article from Alex Meilech, participant in the fall 2013 Alumni Humanitarian Trip
    • Click here to view a video from the Fall 2013 YAEP Humanitarian trip to Hermosillo, Mexico.
    • Click here to read an article from Kat Hofland, participant in the spring 2013 Alumni Humanitarian Trip
    • Click here to see photos of the spring 2013 Alumni Humanitarian Trip
    • Click here to read an article from Kat Hofland, participant in the fall 2012 Alumni Humanitarian Trip
    • Click here to see photos of the spring 2012 Alumni Humanitarian Trip
    • Click here to see photos of the fall 2012 Alumni Humanitarian Trip 


Alumni Winter Holiday Gathering

The holiday season is a wonderful time to bring alumni together to catch up.  Annual gatherings are planned and alumni of all ages are welcome.  Alumni reunite with old friends and make new ones.  Winter Holiday gatherings come in all shapes and sizes.  To name a few of the activities the group has done in the past include First Friday, pizza party at Pump it Up, bowling and appetizers at Lucky Strike, potlucks and holiday community service projects with the Salvation Army.

Click here to see photos of past alumni winter gatherings.


Summer Alumni Hosted YAEP Day

YAEP Alumni are invited to be a part of the “All American” YAEP hosting calendar each July.  A special alumni sponsored day of activities gives alumni and current program participants (both local and international) an opportunity to meet and mingle.  A special invitation to all alumni is posted on the YAEP Alumni Facebook page each summer with details.  This alumni sponsored day is mildly competitive as alumni and current participants compete in silly games to prove who is greater that year and either the alumni or current cohort earn the honor of the BEST cohort for that year. 

Click here to see photos of past Summer Alumni hosted days.


Big Buddy Mentoring Program

The Big Buddy Mentoring Program pairs an active alumnus with a new or current program participant.  The Big Buddy serves as a mentor in helping the current program participant successfully maneuver through the experience of being a Youth Ambassador.  To serve as a Big buddy you must apply, be selected and willing to not only assist your little buddy but his/her family as well.  Big Buddies must follow monthly curriculum as outlined in the YAEP Big Buddy manual to help prepare their Little Buddy for all phases of the YAEP including pre-departure, abroad experience, hosting, etc.  Big Buddies are encouraged to attend local events including YAEP Announcement Party, Lock In, graduation and specified hosting calendar events.

A call for Big Buddy applications is made each winter and final selections are made an announced by February of each year.  Big Buddy’s have special access to closed YAEP events such as the YAEP Lock In, Thanksgiving dinner and opportunities to join in summer trips to Disneyland and the Grand Canyon.  A $25 fee is assessed to all Big Buddies.  Fee helps to cover the cost of Big Buddy participation in special events.


YAEP Alumni Community Service Projects

As YAEP Alumni it is important to continue to serve our community and those communities of our Sister Cities.  Various volunteer opportunities are announced throughout the year.  Majority of the volunteer work includes working with youth and sharing global experiences through stories and crafts.  Additionally the alumni support the local city committees at functions i.e. the Ennis 5K, Pesos for Presents, Great Canadian Picnic and more.





Collecting and donating items for the Phoenix Sister Cities YAEP Alumni – Feed the Homeless Weekend of Service Project 2013

“Never too young to help give back”



The success of YAEP is only as strong as its volunteers and the legacy set forth by our alumni and their families.  Alumni are always encouraged to volunteer at YAEP events.  Volunteers assist with every phase of the program from marketing to interviews, helping to plan events, facilitate workshops, assisting with the check in process and doing follow up.  Volunteers are always appreciated.  Please visit the YAEP mandatory calendar for dates of events and check the Facebook page for updates.


TOLMUN 2008 Outstanding Delegation

The Phoenix Sister Cities delegation to the TOLMUN Model UN conference in Toluca, Mexico was named Outstanding Delegation for their performance at the conference.

The group, comprised of students from Phoenix high schools, was selected for their effort in the international conference, which included delegations from Fort Worth, TX., Luxembourg, Germany, and Mexico. The competition was held from October 20 to October 22, 2008. The Phoenix delegates to TOLMUN were selected based on their outstanding service as members of Phoenix Sister Cities' Youth Ambassador Exchange Program.

In addition to the group award, Cassie Gannon and Caitlan Spencer were named Best Delegate for their respective committees, while Billy Mask and Lindsey Walker received honorable mention.

YAEP Memories

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Spotlight on YAEP Alumni & How YAEP has impacted them today
YAEP is not just a summer experience: it is a summer of change and inspiration.  Many of the YAEP alumni have become strong leaders in various fields.  Your story can help inspire others – let’s hear how YAEP has impacted you!

Click here for a Growing Up Global Presentation by YAEP 2006 Alumni Carlos Reyes Hernandez.

Click here for a Learning Through YAEP Presentation by YAEP 2013 Alumni Scott Fitsimones.

2013 Chengdu International Youth Music Festival
July 25 - 31

Representing Phoenix, Arizona, Gram Negative, a local progressive rock band, will participate in the 2013 Chengdu International Youth Music Festival. 
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YAEP Big Buddy Photos

Big Buddy Photo Album 


Join the Alumni Network

Are you a part of the YAEP Alumni network?  Have you updated your information?  Please complete your online submission below.  In addition please join the Phoenix Sister Cities YAEP Alumni group on Facebook.

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