In June 2014, the city of Colorado Springs in Colorado established a sister city relationship with Ancient Olympia in Greece. As a result of this initiative, Colorado Springs Sister Cities international initiated the Young Champion Ambassador Program (YCA).
Today, the YCA mission is to guide high school students to become Ambassadors of the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Olympic City USA, and the Olympic movement at large.
YCA comes to life through an online essay competition to select two student representatives per high school to participate in a one of a kind youth leadership curriculum that concludes with an international trip to the origins of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.
YCA participants venture into a journey of personal growth as they master skills such as design thinking, public speaking, networking, branding, and more. Participants also learn all about the Olympic and Paralympic movement.
Since YCA’s inception in 2015 - we have engaged with every high school in our city, hosted numerous events and traveled to the birthplace of the Olympic Games several times.