Press Release – FSCJ to Host International Exchange Students from Central American Youth Ambassador Program

For Immediate Release: November 20, 2015
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is pleased to announce it has been selected as a host institution for the Central American Youth Ambassador (CAYA) program from January 19-26, 2016. CAYA is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange program designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the U.S.


During the week of January 19-26, FSCJ will host 22 high school students and three mentors for one week offering educational workshops in leadership, entrepreneurship, community service and environmental issues.


The CAYA program offers talented youth, ages 15-18, from Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama the opportunity to travel to the United States to develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of U.S. culture and society.


FSCJ is looking for local families to host these exchange students during their visit. Preferred qualifications for host families include:

  1. High school age children
  2. Have someone in the family who has intermediate Spanish language proficiency
  3. Families will be required to provide transportation to & from FSCJ Downtown Campus on the designated meeting days


Those interested in hosting an international student should contact Anna Marie Siegel, FSCJ director of international student services, at (904) 632-3248 or


In addition, FSCJ will select three participants, youth and adult mentors, from the Jacksonville, Florida area to participate in a three-week exchange visit to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua from July 6-28, 2016.



About FSCJ

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.


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