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Award of Excellence

(CA Dept. of Educ)


Advocates of the Year




Program Description

The Young Center Youth Ambassador program provides unique opportunities for youth in grades 9-12 to develop leadership and serve their communities as advocates for positive change.

Each year, students
 representing diverse communities and school districts statewide are selected to serve as Youth Ambassadors. 

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



Term of Office

One year (Sept - Jun)

Skills developed

  • leadership & empowerment

  • civic responsibility

  • community service

  • confidence


  • must be a current CA high school student

  • demonstrate effective leadership ability

  • good communication skills

  • moral character

  • ability to work well with others


  • meet with other youth ambassadors

  • research & prepare special reports

  • meet with gov't officials to present findings

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


  • Must be currently enrolled in a CA public, private, parochial, or home high school program

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Personal interview


How to Apply

  • Complete and submit an Application

  • Unofficial copy of School Transcript

  • 2 recommendation Letters


Note: recommendations must be from a teacher, school administrator, counselor, or other adult mentor

Email application material to

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