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Joseph selected for life-changing opportunity on USA youth programme

A fantastic trip to the USA this summer awaits student Joseph Howes who has been selected from hundreds of other young people to be an ambassador for the UK. Joe, 17, was chosen for the Hummer Tuttle Foundation and Windsor Fellowship’s UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme and as part of the scheme, he will stay in Chicago with an American family.

It is a superb achievement for Joe, as there were only 12 places available and he was selected from applicants at many other schools and colleges all over London. He said: “I feel privileged but nervous to be chosen. I didn’t dream I would get in, but I applied because I thought, what can I lose if I don’t go for it?”

Joe, from Hornchurch and a former pupil at Sanders School, is studying A Levels in Economics, History and Government & Politics and is aiming to go to Oxford University when he leaves College next year.

He added: “I’m really looking forward to the seminars and then the trip to America in August where I have to do a presentation in front of the UK Ambassador.”

The UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme has been designed to assist, educate and develop young Londoners to grow into well-rounded, informed young adults. It aims to improve leadership, confidence and communication skills and many students who have been on the programme in the past have called it an ‘experience of a lifetime’.

While in the USA, the group of 12 students including Joe, will stay at the School for International Training campus in Vermont in the first week, and will then experience a home stay with a family for the second week.

The College’s CUBE Manager Nikki Phelps said: “This is a rare opportunity for students to be involved in such a worthwhile and life-changing experience and it is a fantastic achievement that Joseph was selected.”

Joe said: “I’m grateful to the College and especially Nikki Phelps for informing me about this opportunity – I wouldn’t have known about it or applied if it wasn’t for the advice I was given in the CUBE.”