We are delighted to announce the following students are awarded the Youth Ambassador scholarships: Tzu Kai (Rich) Mo of Mira Loma High School: C.J. Deeble Youth Ambassador Scholarship – Full Scholarship, an all-expense paid trip to China Simrit Gill of the Galt High School: Margaret and John Wong Youth Ambassador Scholarship, $1000 Irene Diaz-Martinez of Kennedy High School: JSSCC Youth Ambassador Scholarship – Need-based, $500 In addition, we already provided teachers’ stipend to the following two chaperons: Ms. Miu Ling Cheng of Galt High School : International airfare paid by JSSCC Ms. Heather Dickerson of Liberty Ranch High School – $500 We grant funds to worthy students and teachers that represent Sacramento in a JSSCC-sponsored Youth Ambassador trip to Jinan every summer. So far nine students have been awarded the scholarships, and every teacher chaperon has received a stipend. The scholarships are merit or need based. The selection process involves a personal essay as to why they feel qualified; what qualities and/or expertise they can bring to this position, a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee members, and a scoring method as to whether a candidate would qualify. The goal of our ‘Youth Ambassador” Program is to promote exchanges and understanding between American and Chinese students and help participating students from Jinan and Sacramento expand their world view and forge friendship, peace and understanding through personal interaction and learning each other’s culture and history. The Youth Ambassador Program was established in 2006 by current JSSCC President Grace Liu to offer local Sacramento students a chance to experience Chinese culture first-hand, as well as giving them the opportunity to expand their global perspectives and build lasting international friendships. Participants in the Youth Ambassador Program have the rare opportunity to witness daily Chinese life through a combination of home-stays with gracious Chinese host families, educational sight-seeing, and interactions with their Chinese peers. Over the last eight years, over 110 students from middle schools and high schools in the Greater Sacramento areas have participated in the Youth Ambassador Program, experiencing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture alongside the breath-taking sights of a very modern and dynamic 21st Century China.