YPFP In The Classroom
Raising up the next generation of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
YPFP in the Classroom (YPFP-C) aims to expose traditionally under-served students to global affairs and current events, with the aim of fostering intellectual curiosity, international awareness, and civic engagement. YPFP-C volunteers engage directly with the students and have a positive direct impact on the DC community.
Our Mission is to foster relationships between YPFP-C volunteers and DC charter and public school students in order to provide supplementary academic instruction, professional guidance, and exposure to the DC foreign policy world through Model United Nations clubs, embassy events, career talks, and mentoring groups.
Our Vision is to establish a successful model of engagement between young professionals and charter and public school students which can help prepare young people for a future in college and their professional endeavors.
Model United Nations
We are looking for YPFP volunteers (both with and without MUN experience) to serve as volunteer coaches and occasional guest speakers for the MUN clubs at our partner schools. You can help out with a mock conference, or assist the students with researching their topics, writing statements, and practicing their public speaking skills during their weekly club meetings.
High school students of all grade levels can benefit from having a mentor, especially when it comes to thinking about college and career choices after graduation. If you would like to make a long-term (at least one semester) commitment to a student and help them with writing college application essays, drafting resumes, or researching colleges/careers, this could be a great opportunity for you.
Our partner schools host policy conferences on a variety of foreign policy topics where students present papers on the topic and listen to guest speakers. You can help the students research and edit their papers, serve as a judge for the student panels, or help secure guest speakers for the conference.
The Embassy Series brings MUN participants at our partner charter schools into local embassies to get a tour of the embassy and have a briefing with one of the embassy personnel. This could be to discuss an important policy issue, bilateral relations with the US, or what it's like to work in that person's position within the embassy. Ideally, MUN participants would be able to visit the embassy of the country that they are representing in the spring MUN conference. If you are a member of the diplomatic corps or have connections with embassies in DC, please contact us to see how you can become involved.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
YPFP-C is in the process of establishing new partnerships, so we are constantly expanding our volunteering opportunities. Now is an exciting time to become involved in YPFP-C and help shape the future of this program! You do not need previous experience working with students in order to be a volunteer, nor is there a minimum time commitment.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will inform you about upcoming volunteering opportunities. When you email us, please let us know if there is a particular program below that interests you.
CURRENT ACADEMIC PARTNERS
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School
YPFP-C has partnered with the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School to support their Model UN program. Volunteers work with the students on understanding the UN and preparing for conferences. YPFP-C has also had members participate in Career Days, resume revision sessions, mentoring and college prep panels and a Darfur Youth Summit for Cesar Chavez.
If you are an educator and would like to bring into YPFP-C and its talented and diverse group volunteers into your classroom or school, please email us at email@example.com.
MEET OUR TEAM
Ryan Pallathra is the Director of YPFP-C, and along with the great YPFP-C and YPFP Public Service team, is working to revitalize and strengthen YPFP's efforts to bring energetic and committed young foreign policy professionals into DC classrooms to help make a difference in educational and cultural programming. Pallathra is originally from Connecticut, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master’s from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics and International Relations. Pallathra lives in Washington, D.C. and currently works for Deloitte Consulting on issues pertaining to the federal government and the public sector. He enjoys singing, playing soccer and traveling. In college, Pallathra spent a year studying in London and worked for Members of the British Parliament, both in the House of Commons and in the House of Lords.
Kate Castenson, Associate Director, YPFP in the Classroom
Kate Castenson is the Associate Director of YPFP-C, working to re-launch this program as a key component of YPFP's Public Service program. Castenson works at Human Rights Watch, and holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College. During college, Castenson studied abroad for a semester in Argentina, and participated in the Washington, D.C. semester. As a native of the state of Washington, Castenson loves to spend her free time outdoors - whether on a hiking trail, bike path, or (running) race course. She also enjoys playing the flute and attending classical music concerts.