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Youth Ambassador Program

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Interested in social justice and mentoring other youth? Apply to be a Youth Ambassador here!

Program Overview

The Three Rivers Community Foundation’s Youth Ambassador Program builds a framework of growing awareness in the next generation to support the work of progressive grantmakers and grassroots organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania.  The program will create our region’s next generation of change makers.

In this initiative to raise awareness among young people and engage them in active participation in the movement for social justice, the TRCF Youth Empowerment interns will recruit and train 8-12 high school Youth Ambassadors to lead a 3 part workshop series Community leaders and mentors will be invited to speak to Youth Ambassadors about the effective work that they do in the community and how they address one of TRCF’s seven focus areas:  Disability Rights; Economic Justice; Environmental Justice; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues; Peace and Human Rights; Racial Justice;  and Women, Youth, and Families Issues.

Ambassadors will be awarded a stipend for completing the program.

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Who can apply?

High school students in grades 10-12 who want to:
1) Gain skills in leadership and social justice areas
2) Help youth and their communities
3) Gain important leadership experience through working in groups, planning workshops, expressing opinions, and having FUN!

Applicants must have adequate transportation to the East End of Pittsburgh.

Why Should I Become a Youth Ambassador?

YAP gives YOU the opportunity to be a leader in the community!  Through workshops and sharing, you will be trained to be a mentor for students in grades 4th-6th.  You will have an opportunity to share your story by leading workshops for students around social justice issues that you are passionate about.  This is a great opportunity to be creative and have fun with other like minded youth.  As you start to think about jobs and universities, this program will be a great resume builder!  The skills that you develop as a Youth Ambassador will be useful in all aspects of your life.

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What is the time commitment?

‘YAP Summer’ runs from mid-June to mid-August. Youth Ambassadors will meet four times for 4-hour afternoon training sessions from 12:00pm – 4:00 pm.  One of these sessions will be a community service project where you will get to have fun directly helping in the community.  This will be a service project and that day will run for 11:00am – 5:00 pm.  As a Youth Ambassador you will take your hard work and training and lead a series of three 1-hour workshops for 4th-6th graders. These sessions will last three hours in total with preparation time and debriefing. A closing ceremony will also be held.  There maybe some independent work between trainings.

Check out an example of an old application here.

You can also download the application and e-mail it to trcfcoordinator@gmail.com, or mail it to:

Sydney Olberg, Youth Program Coordinator
Three Rivers Community Foundation
100 N. Braddock Ave, Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Are you an adult ally that knows a young person interested in social justice? Help us connect with them by nominating them here! (NOTE: Young people are encouraged to apply directly and are NOT required to be nominated by an adult.)