Friday, October 4, 2013

Meet the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassadors!

Festival of Children Foundation has once again collaborated with YSA on the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program.  The year-long Ambassadorship trains youth (ages 16-22) to combat critical issues facing children.  Each Ambassador receives support, advocacy training in Washington, D.C. and planning guidance for their respective service projects.

Fifty-one Youth Ambassadors were selected through a competitive application process, and selected, one per state and the District of Columbia, to create a powerful network of young people who raise their collective voice in service to others. 

The Youth Ambassadors (shown above) each received an all-expense paid, 3-day leadership training in Washington, D.C. and a $1,000 grant to support their service projects in their own communities.  "These teens and young adults are the future of philanthropy," said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director of Festival of Children Foundation.

The young leaders will spend the year ahead developing and leading cause-related service projects focused on children's issues in their respective communities.  Their issue areas are diverse and specific to the community - from access to educational opportunities to addressing bullying - but their mission is shared:  to create change which raises awareness and positively impacts the lives of young people! 

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