Help teen diplomat get to China

April 9, 2013

By Sam Hansen

Issaquah High School freshman Sam Hansen, 15, is one of 20 to 25 students nationwide selected to attend the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China, this summer.

However, he has very little time to raise the $5,500 for tuition, room and board to take advantage of the opportunity. His family is unable to contribute the entire cost of the program, so he is seeking any other financial support he can get, either in the form of donations or work opportunities.

Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen

Each summer, young leaders from across the United States travel to Beijing, China, for a monthlong program to learn about modern China and the art of diplomacy. The program aims to provide America’s future leaders with the skills to represent their country effectively on global issues.

Hansen was accepted into the program because of his academic record and potential for leadership. He is also active in extracurricular and community activities, including serving the past two years on the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board and, this past year, as a VOICE mentor at Sunset Elementary School in Issaquah.

He has also worked with the Mountains to Sound Greenway around Issaquah, the Issaquah Co-op Preschool, Issaquah Parks & Recreation, and the King County Natural Resources Department.

Sponsor Hansen by sending a check payable to the Junior Statesmen Foundation to Hansen at 18707 S.E. 43rd St., Issaquah, WA 98027, or go to his fundraising page, www.stayclassy.org/SamHansen. Checks should include a note that Sam Hansen is the intended beneficiary.

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