July 25, 2002
DaimlerChrysler’s youth exchange program in its fourth year
Auburn Hills, Michigan – Youth Beyond Borders (YBB), the exchange program where the children of DaimlerChrysler employees switch homelands and share cultures for three weeks, recently began its fourth year.
This year, 26 young people from DaimlerChrysler families in the United States and Canada are exchanging homes with 26 young people from DaimlerChrysler families in Germany. The program runs through August 2. Participating students from the metro Detroit area, Windsor (Ontario) and Germany range in ages from 15-17.
“The idea behind Youth Beyond Borders is to provide young people and their families a global experience that allows everyone involved to discover and experience different cultures, educational systems and life with another family,” said Nancy Rae, Senior Vice President-Human Resources.
Each year, the youth involved in the exchange program visit historic sites in the United States, Canada and Germany. This year, in addition to touring North America and Germany, the youth will combine tourism with civic duty and participate in two community service projects. On Monday, July 29 in Metro Detroit, the youth will plant trees in The Greening of Detroit Park (East Jefferson and Rivard) as part of the Greening of Detroit project. The next day, July 30, they will tour Focus Hope and assist with packing lunches for the homeless.
In Germany on July 31, the youth will volunteer and work to help preserve the Moorlands and its habitat of wildlife, which was damaged when an oil spill occurred earlier this year.
“DaimlerChrysler has a tradition of helping people and communities in need. Community support is very important at Chrysler Group, which is evident in our ongoing support of the Capuchin Kitchen, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum,” said Rae. “The select community projects for the students, both here and in Germany, represent a way for us to demonstrate our commitment to the communities in which we operate.”
Established in 1999, YBB’s mission is to foster a greater appreciation for people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Since the program’s inception, more than 250 youth have exchanged homes. All students will take part in cultural seminars and visit DaimlerChrysler facilities located in both the U.S. and Germany.
During this year’s exchange, German students visiting the U.S, and Canada will visit the Design Office at the DaimlerChrysler Technology Center, tour the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, and visit Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, home of the Dodge Viper.
In addition, they also will visit the Toledo North Assembly Plant (Jeep Liberty), Detroit Science Center, Niagara Falls (Ont.), Cedar Point Amusement Park (Sandusky, Ohio), Yarrow Lodge (August, Mich.), and Chicago.
Students from the U.S and Canada visiting Germany will visit the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant, the Design Center, Mercedes-Benz wind tunnel and the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
In addition, they also will visit Sanssouci Palace (Potsdam), Check Point Charlie and Postdam Square (Munich), and participate in a Wesser River Cruise in Bremen (Berlin).