American Youth Leadership Program: Learning to Serve...Serving to Learn


Enables high school students with and without disabilities, and their educators, from the U.S. and Costa Rica to learn and serve together while enhancing their cultural understanding, global competency, and leadership skills. This inclusive service learning project pairs 33 students - 12 of whom have disabilities - from the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley (a public high school on the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo) with 17 students from a Liceo de Poás high school in Costa Rica's Alajuela region. The students from Minnesota and Costa Rica study environment and climate change, and are developing a collaborative service learning projects to address a need in those areas. In July and August 2014, the Minnesota students spent three weeks in Costa Rica working with the students there on their service learning collaborative project. The project takes the inclusive service learning program developed at ICI and applies it to a new cultural context, thus expanding its inclusive component to another level of diversity.

This project was archived on 2017-09-22T00:00:00-05:00

Brian H Abery
Renata Ticha
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
World Savvy
School of Environmental Studies


Brian H Abery :: Research Manager 3

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Renata Ticha :: Research Associate

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Jane Tunseth :: Instructor

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Jorge Araya Fonseca :: Instructor

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  • Culture and diversity
    • Cultural competence
      • English language learners (ELLs)
        • International initiatives
        • Education practices (K12 and transition)
          • Inclusive education
            • Inclusive service learning
              • Youth development and leadership
              • International initiatives
                • Inclusive education
                • Specific life stage
                  • Adolescents and young adults
                    • Adults


                    • Outreach