May 14, 2013

Host families sought for Canadian students

PLATTSBURGH — Host homes are sought for a group of students and three teachers who will be in Plattsburgh as part of the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada.

The 17 students, ages 15, 16 and 17, and three adult educators will be here July 10 through 22.

The program is hosted by the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh, with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy Ottawa and Fulbright Canada.

“The center is looking for local hosts for these guests, who will be recruited to represent the diversity of Canada — geographic, socio-economic, new Canadians (first generation and those born outside Canada), First Nations and multi-generational Canadians,” a press release said.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the participants will take part in an intensive curriculum aimed to promote a better understanding of civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. 

“An important facet of this curriculum is staying with and getting to know American families,” the release said.

“This provides an opportunity for local families to share their community while learning about our closest international neighbors, with a limited time commitment.”

The responsibilities of the host families involve providing accommodations, breakfast and dinner and transportation to and from SUNY Plattsburgh each day. 

And the Canadians will spend their evenings with host families.

For more information or to sign up as a host family, contact Theresa Bennett, home-stay coordinator of the Youth Ambassadors Program with the Canada Research Foundation of SUNY, at 564-2160 or

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