August 21st, 2020
The Junior Ambassador program is a high school leadership program. You must be in high school in order to apply.
One school year (ie: September to June). However, Ambassadors have the option to apply to the Leadership Board after completion of the program.
Community groups, after-school clubs, faith-based organizations, sports teams, girl/boy scout troops, nursing homes, other classes in your school, etc.
Of course! We also host an optional panel discussion for students to meet their presentation requirement.
This is a free program offered by Miami Waterkeeper.
Yes. Each event and training is worth 3 community service hours.
Because this is a competitive program with high-achieving and motivated students, we expect all ambassadors to be present at all required events, meetings, and trainings. Recurring absences will result in forfeiture of your position as an Ambassador.
If you have an excused absence, you can attend one of the make-up events listed in the schedule.
The schedule will to distributed to the students who are accepted in mid-September. Generally speaking, we will host one training or service event per month on a Saturday or Sunday. We aim for the second Saturday of the month but due to SAT/ACT tests, Waterkeeper events, and other student activities some months we may meet on a Sunday, and/or earlier or later in the month. The full schedule will be determined in September for the entire year.
Advocacy trainings are mandatory meetings where Ambassadors will be trained in various skills. In particular, these trainings will educate Junior Ambassadors 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. Miami Waterkeeper is a non-partisan organization - all Junior Ambassador trainings will also be strictly non-partisan.
Service events include events such as volunteer beach clean-ups, habitat restoration projects, and outreach events such as tabling at local farmer’s markets or attending a eco-festival on Miami Waterkeeper's behalf.
This is a competitive program and Miami Waterkeeper selects 20-25 students each year depending on the number of applications received.
Event details are included in the Junior Ambassador schedule. Most Advocacy Trainings will take place at Miami Waterkeeper offices. However, service events will take place at various locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
If you are under the age of 18, you need parental approval! Your parent or legal guardian must sign the Parent Permission Form on our website and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline.
Email us at email@example.com or call/text 305-905-0856.