We're Looking For A Few Outstanding High School Students

By Merritt Frey, Executive Director


Sometimes you meet a young person who just inspires you. Such was the case for me when I met Roshini. In addition to raising funds for scores of menstural kits for our girls, Roshini inspired us to launch a new Mali Rising Project -- the Youth Ambassadors. Now we need a few more bright high school students to help make it happen.

We're looking for two high school students to join Roshini and a Mali Rising Board member this summer to design and launch the Youth Ambassadors program. Volunteers can be from anywhere in the United States. This group will make up the Youth Ambassadors Advisory Council. The Council's charge? Create a fun, engaging, and meaningful way for high school students in the U.S. to connect with the cause.

The goal of the Youth Ambassadors project: Engage the energy and power of young people in the U.S. (and elsewhere?) to help Mali’s students while building leadership skills and international understanding among young people here in the U.S.

We anticipate the Advisory Council will meet three or four times this summer via video link to plan the new project. Then, the Advisory Council will be crucial to launching the project, reviewing Youth Ambassador applications, and making the first year of the project successful (likely requiring three to six additional Advisory Council video calls over the course of the year). 

Advisory Council members will develop great leadership skills and a wonderful extracurricular activity for college applications. We will also support documenting members' hours for any community service requirements at members' schools. More importantly, you'll be part of launching something big, exciting, and world-changing!

Qualifications include:

  • High school student in the 18/19 school year.
  • Excited about international and/or education issues.
  • Strong organizational skills, great creative thinking ability, and skills in working with a group.
  • Willingness to share information about the Youth Ambassadors project with friends, teachers, and others.
  • Volunteers can be from anywhere in the United States.

Interested? Let us know by July 1 by contacting me, Merritt, via email at merritt@malirisingfdn.org. Please include your name, age/grade, and city/state and then share a little (just a sentence or two) about why you're interested in joining the Advisory Council.