In 2016, IFAA partnered with Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe, NM to create the Global Youth Ambassador Program, which was sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.

Mandela students were first paired with folk artists from around the world selected to participate in the 2016 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. They then began corresponding via email to learn about their respective cultures. The students and artists met in person in July at IFAM | Santa Fe, where the students participated in the Community Celebration and served as artist assistants at the Market.

This program brings the Market home to the local community year round and enhances education for youth in Santa Fe.