2023 Youth Cultural Exchange Program

This year the youth cultural exchange program will travel to Canada and New York to participate in an exchange of culture, land knowledge, and natural resource importance and preservation. This program is grant funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and is a program under the Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute at the Cherokee Boys Club.

  • Applications must be received by 4:30pm October 21, 2022 No exceptions
  • Applications can be emailed, mailed, or dropped off during regular business hours to Levi West. Contact info. below. It is your responsibility to confirm receipt of your application.
  • Program participants must be fully vaccinated by December 2022 against COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses.
  • Applications are open for students currently in grades 10 through 12 at Cherokee Central, Swain, Jackson, Graham, Macon, Haywood or homeschooled in one of these counties.
  • Passports will be required to travel and if chosen applicants must apply for their passport by the end of the first week of December 2022. A receipt of application will be required by that date. You must pay for your own passport. (Passport applications currently have a 6 month wait time, so the sooner you apply the better.)
  • All meetings, events, activities, and fundraisers are mandatory for this program. There are at least 2 meetings a month except for December 2022 and May 2023 where there will only be one. Meetings will begin in November 2022.
  • If there is an emergency and you cannot attend a meeting the staff will handle those situations on a case-by-case basis.
  • The trip will be in July 2023 and most likely 7 days.
  • Applicants are required to participate in an interview with the selection committee.
  • There are limited slots available for this program, not everyone that applies will be selected. 
  • For questions or more information contact Levi West at: levi.west@cherokeeboysclub.com or 828-359-5543. Mailing P.O. Box 507 Cherokee/Physical 171 Boys Club Loop Cherokee (Behind the Cherokee Boys Club)


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