youth ambassadors

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).

And It's On! Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest is Open.

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!

Wondering What To Do On Winter Break? We Got You!

By Merritt Frey, Executive Director

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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?

Learn more about the contest and its rules here.

Youth Ambassadors Dive In

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…

Announcing 2019 Make the Case for Caring Theme!

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…

Volunteer for Team Welcome!

Looking for a fun volunteer gig this fall? We've got something fun for you! We're looking for Captains for our Team Welcome project. Captains help gather short notes of encouragement to our Mali students from people here in the U.S. We deliver these notes to our students as they start their school year off in October/November.