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  • Meet Team Germany 2023

    We are from Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Baden-Wuerttemberg and represent youth councils from Bernau bei Berlin, Bruchsal, Dusseldorf, Hermsdorf, Kiel, Leimen, Nürtingen, Reutlingen, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, and Wangerooge.

  • Meet Team USA 2023

    We are from California and represent youth councils and similar youth leadership comittees from Bakersfield, El Cerrito, Mountain View, Orangevale, and Sunnyvale. 

  • Ambassadors in Sneakers

    Ambassadors in Sneakers is a four-week educational program that brings together youth councils and similar youth leadership committees from Germany and the U.S.

    While travelling together in both counrtries, the young leaders learn about places and institutions that are significant for the development of and struggle for human rights. They meet activists, media representatives and politicians and learn from them, as well as from and with each other.

Interkulturelle Projekte

A Young Leaders’ Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights


Ambassadors in Sneakers 2023

U.S. Embassy Visit in Berlin with Robert Greenan, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs 

12 students each from Germany and the United States spent four exciting weeks together, learning about human rights, youth participation, transatlantic relations, and intercultural communication in both countries.

In the summer of 2023, the participants were members of youth councils, youth parliaments, and youth advisory boards from California, Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Baden-Wuerttemberg.



The Trips

Meeting with Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta 

Part 1: Tübingen & Berlin (Saturday June 3, 2023 - Saturday June 17, 2023)
Part 2: Bakersfield, CA & San Francisco, CA (Saturday July 29, 2023 - Saturday August 12, 2023)



Program Reports & Pictures

What did the Ambassadors in Sneakers do this year? Who did they meet during their trips? And what made this year's program unique? Check out the project report and program schedule from 2023!

Workshop with Amnesty International, Tübingen Bundestag Visit, Berlin

Meeting with Mayor Karen Goh, Bakersfield, CA Workshop with SFLGBT Center, San Francisco, CA


Media coverage

Schwäbisches Tagblatt, June 10, 2023: "Menschenrechte auf amerikanisch"



Feedback from Participants


Ambassadors in Sneaker has fundamentally changed my worldview. I am now getting more involved in human rights topics and actually just joined an organization fighting climate change. I would never have thought that the program would be so life- changing


We cannot thank you enough for organizing this wonderful program. We have all learned so much and met amazing people along the way!


It was inspiring to be with people my age who also want to make changes in the world. Meeting speakers who are passionate about human rights and the work they do was an unforgettable experience.




Feedback from Speakers

It was my pleasure to spend time with the Ambassador in Sneakers. The students’ depth of knowledge about U.S. and local issues amazed me.

(Karen Goh, Mayor of Bakersfield, guest speaker)


This was such a positive experience for us and we appreciate the high level engagement and questions from the Ambassadors in Sneakers. Thank you for inviting us to your space to have these conversations in a room full of visionaries and passionate leaders.

(Juan Avila, Chief Operating Officer, Garden Pathways, guest speaker)


Never in my entire career as an educator have I experienced a more honest and rewarding teaching and learning process. I am still grateful we were able to share it. 

(Justin Hayo, activist and educator, guest speaker)




Sponsors and partners

"Ambassadors in Sneakers - A Young Leaders' Transatlantic Summer Academy on Human Rights" was developed by the German-American Institute Tuebingen (dai). It is very generously supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, which is funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)., as well as by a great number of other supporters. Our partners in 2023 included:


If you want to support the "Ambassadors in Sneakers", too, get in touch with us!

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