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Young Ambassadors 2012/2013

Young Ambassadors alumni welcome the holidays at the Ambassador’s residence

December 13, 2012
Both Steering Committee member Juliet Young and Ambassador White emphasized the importance of alumni engagement. On the right: Mrs. eleanor White. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Both Steering Committee member Juliet Young and Ambassador White emphasized the importance of alumni engagement. On the right: Mrs. eleanor White. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The current and past Young Ambassadors enjoyed each other's company at Villa Otium. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The current and past Young Ambassadors enjoyed each other's company at Villa Otium. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The Young Ambassadors Leadership Program is in its fourth season, and on December 13, the alumni, together with this year’s participants, were invited to Ambassador and Mrs. White’s residence Villa Otium for an informal holiday reception with “gløgg”, Christmas cider and cookies. The aim was to celebrate the program and for this great network of young Norwegians get to know each other on a more personal level.

Ambassador White gave his welcome remarks, and highlighted the importance of utilizing such vibrant networks as the Young Ambassador have. He told them he felt confident that a future prime minister was in the room. He also thanked the steering committee for doing such a great job with the program, putting in hundreds of voluntary hours to create such a fantastic experience for their young peers.

Following the Ambassador, steering committee member Juliet Young, talked a bit about the future Young Ambassadors alumni efforts. Among other things there will be created a database so the alumni can more easily stay in touch and there will be organized an alumni conference in the spring.
Last on the agenda was a short musical piece by two Young Ambassadors, who played and sang “White Christmas” and set the atmosphere for the rest of the evening of mingling.

The Embassy and the program Steering Committee hope to be able to organize more alumni events in the future. Such gatherings are great networking platforms and the alumni will likely become a useful group of reference for each other for years to come.

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