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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 21, 2003

British and American Youths to Shadow Secretaries Powell and Straw - July 24

Two British youths, Lara Macardle and Danielle Roberts, will shadow U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Thursday, July 24. The students will shadow Secretary Powell as he carries out his duties as Secretary of State, which will include, among other activities, a swearing-in ceremony for the new U.S. Ambassador to Colombia and a talk with a group of high school students.

Macardle and Roberts will replicate the experience of two American students, Nicole Anderson, 18, of Fort Hood, Texas, and Huy Ngo, 17, of Charlotte, North Carolina, who shadowed British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jack Straw during the week of July 7.

This unusual opportunity is the result of an agreement made between Secretary Powell and former U.K. Foreign Secretary Robin Cook on the occasion of their first bilateral meeting in February 2001 in Washington, D.C. The program is designed to highlight U.S. and British young people who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives and serve as role models for other young people.

The International Visitor Program, part of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is coordinating a one-week visit for the British youths in the U.S. around the “shadow” day. The youth development organization “America’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth,” of which Secretary Powell was the founding chairman, selected and coordinated the voyage of the two American youths to the U.K. and is assisting with the program for the British youths in the U.S. The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office worked with RPS Rainer, a leading British NGO, to select the two British students. Like their U.S. counterparts, Lara Macardle, 17, of London and Danielle Roberts,17, of Essex have overcome significant personal challenges and today serve as role models and youth leaders.

Roberts has always strived to maintain her education and is currently taking her A-levels. She is a founding member of “Massive”, a consultation forum in the United Kingdom, and has given presentations to groups such as Essex Social Services. She is also a pioneer recipient for the Essex Youth Mentoring Service, and is involved in developing and delivering anti-bullying work for service users.

Macardle is also committed to her studies and performs regularly as a singer and poet. She is a member of her London project’s tenant council where she acts as an advocate for other young people. She has also recently been appointed as a Young Persons Leader Representative for Lewisham Connexions.

After spending several days in Washington, D.C., Macardle and Roberts will travel to New York City. While in Washington and New York, the students will learn about the U.S. government, history and society, as well as issues confronting America’s youth. Included in their program is a Broadway musical, a baseball game, meetings with members of Congress, and tours of the Library of Congress and the White House.

For more information, please contact Tashawna Smith at the State Department, 647-0001 or Chad Tragakis, America’s Promise at (703) 535-3872.

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