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Young People Of The U.S. -- Lead On!

By Merritt Frey, Executive Director

Are you a high school student looking for something unique and special for your college applications? We can help!

We are currently accepting applications for school year 19/20 Youth Ambassadors — deadline August 31, 2019.

Any high school student in the United States is eligible to apply. During the year-long program, Ambassadors learn about Mali and Mali Rising’s work, meet other young leaders from around the country, talk directly with Mali Rising’s field staff to learn first-hand what international development really means, develop their leadership and communication skills, and so much more.

Importantly, Youth Ambassadors also give back through their year of ambassador-hood. All Youth Ambassadors commit to tackling at least one activity from each of three categories during the Ambassador year:

  1. Education/outreach. Examples may include: doing a presentation to a school class or youth organization, getting their school involved in the Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest, becoming a Mali Rising social media STAR, etc.

  2. Fundraising. Examples may include: conducting a personal fundraising drive, participating in our virtual walk-a-thon (Miles for Mali), helping with a school-based fundraiser, etc.

  3. Service. Examples may include: creating English language flashcards for Mali students, coordinating a drive for “welcome back to school” letters for Mali students, making a component of menstrual kits, etc. Mali Rising will provide a set of ready-made options for service projects, but Ambassadors may also propose their own projects to the Advisory Council.

Learn more or apply with our quick and easy online form. Twenty Ambassador slots are available until filled. Apply by August 31 (late applications may be considered, if space allows).

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