What is the Junior Ambassador Program?
The Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador program is a year-long program that develops a cohort of high school students into young environmental leaders. Through the Junior Ambassador program, South Florida 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.
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
- Earn community service hours
- Develop their network through partnerships
- Educate members of their community on important issues
- Gain access to exclusive Miami Waterkeeper events and activities
Want to read about what last year’s Junior Ambassador group accomplished? Click here to read about our 2019-2020 year in review!