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Award of Excellence

(CA Dept. of Educ)


Advocates of the Year




Program Description

This program provides unique opportunities for youth (grades 9-12) to develop leadership while serving their school and community as advocates for positive change. 
Students representing communities and school districts statewide are selected each year to serve as official State Youth Ambassadors for a term period of one year from September thru June.

Youth Ambassadors work together with school officials to identify youth-related issues of concern in their local schools and communities.  Ambassadors report their findings with recommendations to local and state government officials with potential to affect public policy.


Responsibilities include

  • meet with other ambassadors periodically

  • research & prepare special reports

  • present findings to local & state civic leaders

  • participate in panel discussions
  • serve as positive youth role model

  • some travel may be required


  • must be a current CA high school student

  • maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

  • good communication skills

  • moral character

  • ability to work well with others


How to Apply

  • Complete & submit Application Form

  • Submit Unofficial copy of School Transcript

  • 2 recommendation letters from a teacher, counselor, and/or other adult mentor

Email application material to:


Application Period


July 15 – Aug15

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