**Stay Tuned: Application Materials will be available in August 2017**
What is the Junior Ambassador Program?
The Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassadors program is a year-long program that develops a cohort of high school students into young environmental leaders in South Florida. Through the Junior Ambassador program, students become community leaders by gaining an understanding of issues impacting Biscayne Bay and the surrounding watershed, receiving training in civic engagement and advocacy, sharing their acquired knowledge with diverse audiences, and helping to organize interactive volunteer events.
This program helps students become versed in the complex relationship between social, environmental, governmental, and economic issues that are central to cultivating a culture of environmental awareness and advocacy in South Florida, which is relevant worldwide. The program is offered at no cost to participating students, as part of Miami Waterkeeper’s mission.
Why Should I Apply?
As a Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador, students develop personal and professional skills that will help them throughout high school, college, their career, and beyond. The program is specially designed to teach leadership, communication, civic engagement, and advocacy skills that cannot be learned in a classroom. As ambassadors, students:
- Learn about local environmental issues
- Build their resume
- Develop leadership skills
- Improve their public speaking abilities
- Receive advocacy training
- Earncommunity service hours
- Develop their network through partnerships
- Educate members of their community on important issues
- Gain access to exclusive Miami Waterkeeper events and activities
Junior Ambassadors explore various topic areas through advocacy trainings, meetings, hands-on service projects, and outreach events. These students present on the issues impacting South Florida’s water resources to younger students, community groups, and the general public. Miami Waterkeeper’s Junior Ambassador program runs for one school year. However, ambassadors have the option to extend their participation if they choose. Approximately 15-20 Junior Ambassadors are selected annually. The program consists of eight mandatory advocacy trainings and service events, as well as one presentation.
The full program schedule is available for download HERE or view it at the bottom of this page
Advocacy trainings are mandatory workshops where ambassadors receive training on scientific issues, governmental frameworks, policy objectives, and communication skills. Junior Ambassadors will learn how to give presentations about water resource issues in South Florida at advocacy trainings. The workshops are held throughout South Florida and facilitated by Miami Waterkeeper leadership and staff, covering the following topics:
- Introduction to Miami Waterkeeper & the Junior Ambassador Program
- Environmental Stakeholders in South Florida & Building Community
- Civic Engagement: Using Law, Science, & Policy to Make a Difference
- Communicating Science & Public Speaking Skills
One of the founding pillars of Miami Waterkeeper is community engagement. As such, we expect our Junior Ambassadors to be engaged in the community. Ambassadors will be expected to participate in community service events such as tabling at environmental fairs, boat shows, fishing tournaments, community festivals, local farmer’s markets, etc., and taking part in projects like volunteer beach clean-ups and dune restoration efforts. Primary service events include beach clean ups, habitat restoration projects, and more!
In addition, Junior Ambassadors must give four presentations to educate others about our watershed, why it’s important, and how to protect it, as well as to share the mission of Miami Waterkeeper. Presentations may be made to community groups, after school clubs, faith-based organizations, sports teams, girl/boy scout troops, nursing homes, other classes in the students’ school, etc.
Who Can Apply?
This program is directed at high school students, grades 8-12, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. However, Miami Waterkeeper may select exceptional middle school students to participate. All students under the age of 18 must complete a Parent Permission Form HERE in order to participate in Junior Ambassador programming.
Participating students must have a teacher-sponsor - someone identified by the applicant from their school. The teacher-sponsor will help the Junior Ambassador fulfill the requirements of this program by overseeing and facilitating presentations.
How Do I Apply?
Applications are due on the last day of January via email to email@example.com. In order to apply, students must submit:
- Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador Application
- Letter of Recommendation from their teacher-sponsor
- Parent Permission Form (for applications under 18 years old)
The 2017 Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador Application is available HERE for download
Please email the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador Application
- Letter of Recommendation from a teacher-sponsor at your school
- Parent Permission Form (available HERE)