French bilingual organization looking for student language ambassadors

French for the Future looking for 40 youth to take part in workshops this summer

The 2019 French for the Future Ambassadors pose after a long day of team building on a beach in Victoria, B.C. In the yellow are their leaders.

By Akira Halmai-Cooper

Bilingual French-speaking students across Canada have the chance to become language ambassadors in their respective schools.

The National Ambassador Youth Forum is looking for 40 bilingual students to participate in workshops this summer that will develop their leadership and language skills. 

They will participate in the online event from Aug. 6 through 12, which will feature a variety of cultural activities.

The forum is open to applicants in Grades 10 and 11.

Students will take those skills back to their schools in the next school year, promoting the French language as French for the Future ambassadors.

French for the Future is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire passion for bilingualism in Canadian youths from Grades 7 to 12.

The National Youth Forum founded the French for the Future Ambassador program in 1997 in order to promote bilingualism in Canadian schools. It started out as a two-day conference for students in the Toronto area.

Usually, the National Ambassador Youth forum is hosted in different cities across Canada, but this is the second year it will be held online.

Genevieve Gobeil, program co-ordinator with French for the Future, says even virtually, it’s an “unforgettable experience” for students.

“We have the opportunity to create a pan-Canadian digital community that brings together kids who are passionate about bilingualism.”

Gobeil says students who participate will have the chance to make new friends and develop leadership and project management skills.

Students will have until April 30 to submit their applications.

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