Mali Rising's Youth Ambassadors engage the energy of young people in the U.S. to help Mali Rising's students. At the same time, Ambassadors are building their own leadership skills and fostering international understanding among young people.

Current Youth Ambassadors Resource Page (password protected, for Youth Ambassadors only)


We are currently accepting applications for school year 19/20 Youth Ambassadors. Ten Ambassador slots are available until filled. Apply by September 15 (late applications may be considered, if space allows). 


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Who are the Youth Ambassadors?

Any high school student in the United States is eligible to apply (see form on right). The Council is looking for creative Ambassador applicants who are willing and able to donate their volunteer time and energy. Only 20 Ambassador slots are available for the 19/20 school year. Ambassadors serve from September through May, and agree to contribute a minimum of 30 service hours over that time period.

What do Youth Ambassadors do?

All Youth Ambassadors commit to tackling a project in at least two of the following three categories during the Ambassador year. Ambassadors can design their own creative projects or select from several pre-existing options.

  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.

Short monthly video calls will help Ambassadors follow through on their activities and provide a fun chance to learn and connect. Guest speakers with expertise in international development, Mali culture, etc. will add to the learning opportunities for Ambassadors.

What do Youth Ambassadors receive?

The joy of helping other people! Seriously, don't under estimate the value of this. In addition, Ambassadors:

  • Join a fun community of other outstanding young leaders from all around the United States. We host regular video calls where Ambassadors connect and share with each other and hear from experts in the field.

  • Learn more about international development & Mali. For example, our video calls include a chance to learn more, including from staff in Mali and experts.

  • Build leadership skills that will help them in the future & with college applications.

  • Where applicable, students may receive service hour credit from their own school's program.

  • And so much more!