Program Description

The Youth Ambassador program provides unique opportunities for young people to serve their community and the youth of California as education liaisons and advocates for positive change.  Each year, 20 distinguished California high school students representing diverse schools, communities and assembly districts statewide are selected to participate in this rewarding youth leadership development program.  Youth Ambassadors serve a one term of office and are officially recognized by the California State Legislature and State Department of Education.


Youth Ambassadors must be currently enrolled in a California high school and demonstrate the following:

  • effective leadership abilities

  • good communication skills & high moral character

  • a 3.0 grade point average or higher

  • an ability to work well with diverse groups

  • a desire to serve your community

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by our Selection Committee.  Applicant finalists will be notified and receive a personal interview at USC.  Final selection of Ambassadors will be based on 1) leadership ability, 2) academic merit, 3) moral character, and, 4) ability to serve.

Duties & Responsibilities

Selected Youth Ambassadors will:

  • serve as a youth education liaison for your school & community

  • participate in public forums to promote awareness of youth-related issues

  • meet with local and state government officials to report findings

  • serve as a spokesperson and positive role model for all California youth

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An email letter (500 words or less) introducing yourself and stating your qualifications for a Youth Ambassadorship.  (submit to by Sept. 6, 2019 for consideration)

  • Unofficial copy of School Transcript

  • 2 recommendation letters (Click for Forms)