All U.S. high school students are invited to be part of something larger than themselves — Mali Rising’s Youth Ambassadors Project. We are currently accepting applications for school year 19/20 Youth Ambassadors — deadline September 15, 2019.
By Merritt Frey, Executive Director
Are you a high school student looking for something unique and special for your college applications? We can help!
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:
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.
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.
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).
We’re looking for a few outstanding high school students who want to be part of changing the world for the better…while having some fun. We are currently accepting applications for school year 19/20 Youth Ambassadors — deadline August 31, 2019.
The clock is ticking high school students! Essay submission for our annual Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest are due in exactly one month on March 31 (at midnight eastern time). Learn more…
One of the newest projects at Mali Rising is our Youth Ambassador Project. Check out this video created by one of our Youth Ambassadors — Johanna Ziegler. You can hear directly from the Youth Ambassadors about their passion for volunteering and how being involved impacts their own lives.
Today is the opening day of Mali Rising’s Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest. From now until March 31 at midnight, U.S. high school students have a chance to weigh in on an important international topic in a short essay…and a chance at (modest) fortune and (modest) fame!
Our first Youth Ambassador projects are up and running, and we couldn’t be more proud of what these great high school students are achieving! Case in point: Vishal’s outreach project. Vishal envisioned and designed his own project at at a local library and reached 103 people!
By Merritt Frey, Executive Director
Hey high school students — looking forward to your winter break? Sleeping in, catching up on your favorite series, maybe a little bit of time with friends? Let’s make it just a little more fruitful — work on your essay for our Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest.
The 2019 contest opens for entries on January 1, 2019! The contest is a forum for thoughtful high school thinkers to share their analysis on a different international development topic each year in a short (300-500 words) essay. National winners of this essay contest receive cash awards and recognition.
So get thinking on the 2019 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest theme:
In 1948, the UN General Assembly included education as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you think education is a human right? Why or why not? What does your position mean for education in a country like Mali?
This year, Mali Rising started a new project — the Youth Ambassadors Project. Inspired by a high school student’s fundraising initiative, we decided to channel the great energy of young people here in the U.S. into our work. Our first class of Youth Ambassadors is full of great young people. And some of them have really hit the ground running. For example…
Here at Mali Rising, we want to encourage young people in the United States to think critically yet compassionately about international issues. That’s why each year we host an essay contest as a forum for thoughtful high school thinkers to share their thoughts on an international development topic. Today I’m happy to announce the theme for the 2019 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest…