What is the Junior Ambassador Program?
The Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador program is a year-long program (with optional extension) that develops a cohort of young environmental leaders in South Florida. Through the Junior Ambassador program, these students will become community leaders by sharing their knowledge of issues impacting Biscayne Bay and the surrounding watershed and helping to organize volunteer events. This program will help students develop an understanding of 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.
Junior Ambassadors will explore various topic areas through advocacy trainings, meetings, and outreach events. These students will present on the issues impacting South Florida’s water resources to younger students, community groups, and the general public.
Why Should I Apply?
As a Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador, you will develop personal and professional skills that will help you throughout high school, college, your career…and beyond! This program is specially designed to teach leadership, communication, civic engagement, and advocacy skills that can’t be learned in a classroom! As an ambassador, you will:
- Learn about local environmental issues
- Build your resume
- Develop leadership skills
- Improve your public speaking abilities
- Earn community service hours
- Develop your network through partnerships
- Educate members of your community on important issues
- Gain access to exclusive Miami Waterkeeper events & activities
The program consists of 6 mandatory advocacy trainings and service events. Ambassadors must attend all events. Two excused absences are permitted, but must be "made up" through attendance at additional events or activities.
You may view the full schedule HERE.
1) Introduction to Miami Waterkeeper & the Junior Ambassador Program
2) Environmental Stakeholders in South Florida & Communicating Science
3) Civic Engagement: Using Law, Science, & Policy to Make a Difference
1) Miami Waterkeeper outreach event
2) Beach Clean-up
3) Dune Restoration Project
Who Can Apply?
This program is directed at high school students, 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.
How Do I Apply?
Applications are due on January 31, 2017 and requires a teacher-sponsor be identified at your school. Submit your completed application to email@example.com. Approximately 10-15 Junior Ambassadors will be selected.
The 2017 Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador Application is available HERE for download.
Please email the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2017.
- Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador Application
- Letter of Recommendation from a teacher-sponsor at your school
- Parent Permission Form (available HERE)