Los Angeles Project Bridge Youth Ambassador Program at the Pacific Century Institute
Established in 1993 after the Los Angeles Riots (SAIGU) took place, Los Angeles based Pacific Century Institute in conjunction with New York based the Korea Society and Montana based the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana select students (eight from Los Angeles) each year to participate in this program as Youth Ambassadors. The goal of Project Bridge is to instill a sense of understanding and respect to “bridge” the gap between cultures through simultaneous and teachings of cultural awareness and leadership skills.
Throughout the year-long academic year, students attend different bi-monthly workshops focusing on topics such as: building and strengthening leadership skills though presentation and public speaking; education on intercultural understanding on race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture; education on Korea and its culture, history, language, economy, and policy; and the 1992 LA Riots, which deeply affected the area’s Korean American community. The highlight of Project Bridge is a fully subsidized ten-day study tour in South Korea. Visit Project Bridge at the Pacific Century Institute for further information.