TEEN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The SCDAA Teen Ambassador program provides a vehicle for young people to become involved in a local nonprofit organization, merging community engagement and leadership development for high school students. By engaging youth in our organization, we bring new energy into our mission-based work while developing future leaders of our communities.
SCDAA Teen Ambassador Program was created to build awareness amongst youth and teens of Michelle’s House and the programs and initiative it supports in the community. Through participation in this program, young people learn leadership skills, how a nonprofit organization works and how to develop, promote and implement their ideas.
Recruit freshman – junior high school students for the program
Evaluate the program effectiveness Train and educate Teen Ambassadors to be effective public speakers, event planners, and advocates
Support Teen Ambassadors personal and professional development
Build an alumni network
The Teen Ambassadors Program will merge community engagement and leadership development for freshmen – junior high school students.
To support Michelle’s House in meeting its mission in providing comfort, care, and a sense of community to families with members affected by Sickle Cell Disease.
To train Ambassadors and Advisors to be good stewards for community service
Increase teenager and young adult participation and be “the face” of Michelle’s House events
Grow community investment in Michelle’s House
Engage in SCDAA programs/projects/events, including at least one direct service
Release an end of the year report highlighting accomplishments and lessons learned
Host a year-end celebration connecting the ambassadors, advisors, staff, and Board
SCDAA will engage, educate and inspire teenagers and young adults to become more involved in their community. The relationships benefit all as Michelle’s House creates awareness of its services in high schools and colleges, resulting in more volunteers and more voices to speak for the Sickle Cell population in Greater New Haven and surrounding areas.
While the organization has its own goals, objectives, and outcomes, several youth development goals carry through the entire program. The Teen Ambassador Program seeks to:
Help young people increase their ability to be self-reflective and to think critically about their experiences and community issues that impact health
Build the skills and abilities of young people to be decision-makers and problem solvers
Educate young people about Sickle Cell Disease
Build participants’ individual competencies and leadership abilities
Emphasize positive self-identity and confidence
Support healthy and productive youth-adult partnerships
Support positive peer relationships
Encourage effective communication
Ambassador Position Descriptions and Duties
High School Students freshman - juniors can apply
Receive parental consent
Commit to attend meetings
Participate in service events
Update SCDAA & Michelle’s House Social Media page(s)
Present at the year-end celebration
Write insert for year-end report
Advisor Position Descriptions and Duties
Candidates should be in the 18-30 age range (may be enrolled in college or university, or graduated)
Attend meetings and participate in events
Individually mentor 2 Ambassadors
Collectively provide guidance to all Ambassadors
Create marketing materials to recruit ambassadors, i.e. ―Why be an Ambassador?
Schedule yearly calendar
Oversee social media page(s)
Sign off on Ambassador's volunteer sheets/means of tracking
Board Member Liaison
A select first group of Advisors, approve subsequent nominations
Train Advisors to recruit Ambassadors, run programs, facilitate meetings, etc.
Participate in the orientation and other meetings as necessary
Meet with Advisors monthly to review social media, operations, meetings/events, challenges
Provide technical assistance as needed
Support Advisors in the same manner other volunteers receive support
Determine what (if any) interactions the Ambassadors will have with the organization's Board of Directors
January 2019 – May 2020
Board members develop strategy, program plan and materials
Board members recruit Advisors
Board members select 5 Advisors
Work with Advisors to recruit Ambassadors
Send flyers to schools, connect with activities directors
Work with pre-selected Ambassadors
Collect applications by the deadline: (last week of April)
May 2019 - 1st week
Advisors review applications
Share choices with Board members and reach consensus
May 2019 - 2nd week
Advisors distribute acceptance/declination letters and summer orientation
Advisors work on summer orientation*
Advisors offer summer orientation to Ambassadors*
Advisors and Board Members meet to clarify year goals, plans, etc.
September 2019- November 2019
Advisors meet with SCDAA for mid-year check-in
(review of social media and projects)
Meet and Greet (SCDAA Board, Ambassadors, parents, Advisors and staff)
Advisors begin recruiting replacements
Advisors select replacements
Advisors train replacements
Advisors begin recruiting Ambassadors
April 2020 BUSY MONTH
Advisors meet with SCDAA staff for yearend check-in
(review of social media, projects)
In-coming Advisors attend and support
Advisors review Ambassadors applications.
Announce Ambassadors. Advisors distribute acceptance/denial
letters and summer orientation information.
SCDAA Board Member Liaison
▪ select 5 advisors
▪ train advisors to supervise the Teen Ambassador Program
▪ provide consultation and technical assistance on an as-needed basis
▪ check-in with advisors monthly – sign off on time sheets/ means of tracking
▪ serve as program managers for the SCDAA Teen Ambassadors program
▪ host an orientation for incoming Ambassadors during the summer
▪ individually mentor 2 Ambassadors
▪ coach/run meetings, following Robert’s Rules, as training for future Board service
▪ communicate the Ambassadors success through monthly social media updates
▪ share their success and lessons learned by publishing an end of the year report,
▪ present to the SCDAA staff, Board and Advisors during the end of April
▪ Juniors have the option of serving another year term if they choose and the Advisors approve
*Ideally, most Advisors will serve multiple year terms, as will many of the Ambassadors.
Teen Ambassadors Meeting Schedule
Mission, Q&A, Board of Director's overview, elevator speech
Start planning holiday event, form committees
Distribute Committee directories and assignments, general updates
General updates and committee work
Meet and Greet SCDAA Board and staff, networking skills, social graces
General updates, committee work, discuss year-end report article
General updates, wrap up committee work
CELEBRATE – report presentation, mix and mingle
Sample application letter to potential Ambassadors
Michelle’s House | SCDAA- CT
New Haven, CT 06511
Thank you for your interest in joining the Michelle’s House Teen Ambassadors Program. We are excited about you interest and future participation. This program is designed to attract a dynamic, service-oriented group of young people who have an interest not only in helping Michelle’s House and Sickle Cell families, but in improving their community. As a Teen Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to participate in various events and activities throughout the year. Your involvement may include tutoring, doing arts and crafts, visiting a family in the hospital, and creating a fun environment at Michelle’s House for children and visitors, organizing drives for needed supplies and promoting awareness of Michelle’s House and its purpose. To be considered for the Teen Ambassador position, you will need to submit the following to the volunteer coordinator no later than March 15, 2019:
Teen Ambassador Application.
Letter of Interest.
Two letters of recommendation.
Michelle’s House volunteer application.
Parental consent to participate.
The Teen Ambassadors will meet approximately 7 times during the school year and participate in 2 to 3 service projects. Please make sure that you will be able to make the time for these activities as participation is critical to success.
We look forward to meeting with you!
Michelle’s House Ambassador Selection Committee
Sample application letter to potential Advisors
Thank you for your interest in becoming an Advisor for the Teen Ambassadors of Michelle’s House. We are excited about the participation of the Teen Ambassadors in SCDAA activities, and the leadership of the Advisors will be a key to their success. This program is designed to attract a dynamic, service-oriented group of young people who have an interest not only in helping SCDAA but in improving their community. As an Advisor, you will have the opportunity to mentor participants in the Ambassador program. Your participation in various events and activities throughout the year will not only help those taking advantage of the services offered by SCDAA, but will serve to develop the next generation of leaders in our community. Creating a fun environment at Michelle’s House for children and visitors, organizing drives for needed supplies and promoting awareness of Michelle’s House and its purpose. To be considered for the Advisor position, you will need to submit a letter of interest to the volunteer coordinator no later than March 15, 2019
The Teen Ambassadors will meet approximately seven times during the school year and participate in 2 to 3 service projects and the Advisors are expected to be present. Please make sure that you will be able to make the time for these activities as participation is critical to success.
We look forward to meeting with you!
SCDAA Executive Board
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