PICO Kids Ambassadors

PICO Kids Ambassadors is our flagship program for youth learning exchanges focused on the nexus of innovation, problem solving and building global bridges.

We work in collaboration with leading international schools and partners from around the world, while each cohort is matched with a local school, enabling an immersive student exchange throughout the time spent together on the delegation. Delegations are comprised of 15-20 participants, boys and girls, between 9th and 10th grade, from diverse backgrounds and schools, representing the cultural and diverse richness Jerusalem encompasses.

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PICO Kids Ambassadors is our flagship program for youth learning exchanges focused on the nexus of innovation, problem solving and building global bridges.

We work in collaboration with leading international schools and partners from around the world, while each cohort is matched with a local school, enabling an immersive student exchange throughout the time spent together on the delegation. Delegations are comprised of 15-20 participants, boys and girls, between 9th and 10th grade, from diverse backgrounds and schools, representing the cultural and diverse richness Jerusalem encompasses.

The PICO Kids Ambassadors program culminates in a 7-day exchange program guided by PICO Kids methodology focused on design thinking and leadership development; public speaking skills and diplomacy; innovation and teamwork; as well as the meaningful cultural and learning exchange between participants. It is a unique and life-changing experience for students that creates an educational platform for youth from both cultures to engage in a journey towards impact and global friendships.

The students’ time together is focused on creating an immersive learning experience aiming to solve a challenge selected in advance, based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and building upon our core values: opening hearts, minds and hands to maximize empathy, creativity, and problem solving. This work culminates in a ‘Makeathon’, during which participants co-create, design, build and showcase their prototype, and then present to peers, teachers and special guests during the final day together.

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PROGRAM GOALS

  • Develop 21st century skills & leadership capacity
  • Share Israeli Innovation with global youth; familiarize Israelis with the culture, values and economic force of partnering countries
  • Learn Design Thinking Methodologies
  • Demonstrate strengths of diverse team work
  • Lay the foundation for professional excellence
  • Deepen entrepreneurial capacity and the ability to act as leaders of social and economic change
  • Build global bridges to create interpersonal relationships and foster collaboration between participants
  • Develop representative skills as young diplomats
  • Demonstrate the unifying nature of national and global challenges

“Knowledge is readily available to anyone in this
generation. What children need is a strong set of skills,
values and passion to better prepare them for the
present and the future.”



Elie Wurtman
THE PREPARATORY BOOTCAMP

The 4 week bootcamp focuses on formulating the group and providing participants with relevant knowledge, personal skills and technical tools for the trip. Preparation modules include workshops with renowned experts from the fields of diplomacy, design thinking, public speaking, storytelling, branding, group dynamics and entrepreneurship.

 

THE JOINT SEMINAR

The joint seminar creates a fascinating multicultural connection which is reflected in the various methods of thinking and collaborating, resulting in creative and groundbreaking solutions.

The 7-10 day delegation is built on historic and educational components and values of the partnering country, including site visits to the leading innovation and local entrepreneur hubs, as well as exploring the local arts, culture and history.

We meet with a wide range of social and entrepreneurial leaders through interactive
sessions. The main event, is the youth engagement and makeathon event, which
encourages new forms of collaboration and make way for new global friendships.

The collaborative makeathon showcases the teamwork, and prototypes the participants
build during their time together, and provide a platform for students to present their videos to peers, teachers and distinguished
guests.

Upcoming Delegations

Dubai

20 - 28/ 06/2022

The PICO Kids Ambassadors will be running its second cohort in partnership with the Emirate Hills Dubai British school, part of the Taaleem educational network. The delegation of 20 boys…