CROWNPOINT-A Crown Point teen has been selected as a People to People Ambassador to Australia.
Duke Mildon was selected for the program, which was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.
"People to People Student Ambassadors are carefully interviewed and evaluated before their acceptance and I am honored to have been selected," Mildon said. "I am looking forward to broadening my perspectives of the world and gaining a better understanding of Australian history."
Mildon, age 15, is the son of Steve and Judy Mildon.
"I believe all people should have an understanding of foreign relations," Mildon said. "I will use this experience to gain independence, leadership skills, teamwork and confidence. I will have the opportunity to meet many people and create lasting friendships here and abroad. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our young people as a Student Ambassador to Australia this summer."
While in Australia Mildon will have an opportunity to meet with government officials and Australian teens. He will stay with a host family while taking part in a series of educational programs.
Mildon believes in the goals of the student ambassador program.
"He (Eisenhower) believed that if people from different cultures could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would countries," Mildon said. "Since its founding People to People has launched many international programs, including Sister Cities and Project Hope."
The trip will not be a vacation, according to People to People officials.
"Student Ambassadors are expected to create a positive impression of our country and culture, whether making a good impression in a school visit overseas, meeting local citizens, or attending a briefing with a government representative," said Mary Eisenhower, president and CEO of People to People International, in a prepared statement. "This diplomatic spirit is one of the things that sets the People to People experience apart; our Student Ambassadors are global students and teachers of their own culture."
The student ambassador program is not free. Mildon must raise $7,400 to participate in the 20-day trip.
Mildon will hold a Father's day breakfast at the Crown Point fire house to hep secure the needed money. The Ticonderoga Elks are also planning a dinner to assist Mildon and he is contacting local businesses and people asking for financial support. Anyone interested in the program can contact Mildon at 597-4248.
Besides his interest in travel, Mildon has just completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. A member of Crown Point Troop 70, Mildon will receive his award during a court of honor April 30 at the fire house in Crown Point.