Young Diplomats Program

A Week-Long Summer Residential Program
(July 7th, 2024 - July 13th, 2024)

We bring the world to you!

Hampton University’s Young Diplomats Summer Program provides a stimulating and enriching residential experience for rising 10th-12th grade high school students on the beautiful campus of Hampton University. Participants will choose academic tracks in African Language and Culture, Leadership Development, African Diplomacy, Economic Development and Global Affairs to learn how the United States and Africa respond to humanitarian issues and thereby emerge with a greater understanding of how societies help people. Students will also have an opportunity to choose their preference of recreational activities such as, horseback riding, sailing, soccer, or tennis.

Concerned about the limited number of options for students in the local area, Dr. Barbara LeSeur Inman, Vice President for Student Affairs at Hampton University (in 2012) suggested the development of an affordable weeklong summer program that would be stimulating and fun for students. Not wanting to limit the program to just local students, this program would be marketed across the country to interested families and students. Dr. Inman consulted with Dr. Letizia Gambrell-Boone, former Director of the Hampton University Assessment Center, and Dr. Boone became the developer of the Young Diplomats Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage high school students to become involved in global affairs by learning about the relations between the United States and China. The inaugural year was 2012 with an increasing interest annually.

The weeklong residential experience will be enriched by a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit sites such as the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, U.S. Department of State, and the Martin Luther King Monument. A group of renowned political and community leaders will to inspire the YDP participants to make a difference in their communities. In addition to exposure to the aforementioned activities, the Young Diplomats will practice Robert’s Rules of Order and the art of debate and learn dining and social etiquette to effect change in both formal and informal settings. They will receive instruction in ballroom dancing. All participants will have an opportunity to display their creative movements at the closing luncheon.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Student Success Center at 757-727-5913 or via email,

The Young Diplomats Program is no longer accepting applications at this time for the 2024 Summer Term. Please return in January 2025 to register for the 2025 Summer Term of the Young Diplomats Program. 


  1. Complete the Online Enrollment Form, which includes remitting the enrollment fee and cost of larger sized or additional polo shirts. The Enrollment Form also includes several required documents to complete.
    Note: The $1,000 Early Enrollment fee must be paid in full by April 1st, 2024 at 11:59PM EST. If not paid in full, the fee will increase to $1,200.


  2. Have a medical professional complete the Special Program- Medical Clearance Form (PDF). Submit the completed required documents directly to the Health Center by: scanning and emailing them to or by faxing them to (757)727-5315.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit all enrollment materials and payment is May 17, 2024 by 11:59 PM EST. If participant capacity is met prior to the enrollment deadline, those who have paid in full will be prioritized over partial payments.

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Student Success Center
65 Marshall Ave.
Hampton, Virginia 23668
Located behind Turner Hall and beside the National Cemetery
Program Director
Ms. Patra Johnson

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