About the program
E4 – NYC is an AMLN flagship program that brings a diverse group of youth to New York City. All of our participants have the opportunity to interact with everyday citizens and community leaders in an unprecedented way where they act as civilian ambassadors of their country. In an environment that encourages equality, critical thinking and respect, these young leaders will be encouraged to participate in new cultural experiences and gain a better understanding of the relationship between the Middle East and the United States.
Why E4 NYC?
Our program allows participants to explore New York and experience it from various perspectives: culture, academia, history, society, and entertainment. The experiences consist of visiting cultural sites, educational and inspirational meetings with community leaders, and interacting with everyday citizens. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their verbal communication, critical thinking, cultural competency, and leadership skills in the process. These activities will encourage the young future leaders to expand their minds, horizons, and worldview. The ultimate goal is to empower them to drive their lives forward, as well as inspire their communities back home. As proven by our track record, the program creates a ripple effect that allows its benefits to reach beyond the two week period, affecting a wider community by word of mouth and follow up actions.
Meetings with Leaders:
Participants will meet with public officials, community leaders, academic figures, and entrepreneurs where they will engage in intriguing dialogue and thought-provoking discussions.
New York’s rich history and culture will play a key role in this program, including visits to museums, attraction sites like Times Square, iconic buildings like the Empire State building, and entertainment like Broadways shows.
Higher Education Exploration:
As high school students, post-secondary education is on the roadmap of all participants. Therefore, the program will include lectures and visits to world-renowned colleges and universities that NYC has to offer, such as NYU, Columbia University, and St. John’s University.
Leadership and Empowerment:
The program will incorporate activities that demonstrate and inspire leadership, ranging from visits to the UN to talks with young business entrepreneurs.
Challenges and Competitions:
Throughout the program, there will be various challenges, competitions, and rewards. They are designed to encourage the participants to engage more deeply with all their experiences and put their learning into action. There will be an awards ceremony at the end of the program where participants will present their work and winners will be rewarded.
Program Duration: The program is generally two weeks long, however it is customizable and longer durations are available. Start dates are available throughout the summer.
Accommodation: Participants are safely housed in St. John’s University dormitories on campus. Linens and cleaning services are provided. Laundry facilities are also available on campus. There is Wi- Fi access throughout campus. There are many options available for meals, both on and off campus.
Additional Program Services:
1. Pre-departure Orientation.
2. Entry to all off-campus attractions
3. Travel Insurance while in the United States.
4. MetroCards (for travel within New York City on public transportation)
5. Group airport transfer between John F. Kennedy International Airport or LaGuardia Airport and St. John’s Queens campus
6. St. John’s Ambassador Program
More Information coming soon!
More detailed program information like program dates and accommodation details will be available soon.
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Applicants will be chosen based on their strong leadership potential. The selection process will be comprehensive; the application will include a combination of personal essays, recommendations and interviews. A pre-departure orientation will introduce participants to each other prior to departure and will ensure that they are ready for the trip. Participants will know what to expect from the program, what is expected from them during the program and what is required post-program.
The application process will go live soon!
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