The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA) is excited to open applications for our second cohort of the successful Kentucky Afterschool Ambassador program. The goal of the Kentucky Afterschool Ambassador program is to empower up-and-coming leaders in the field of afterschool to confidently and effectively advocate for afterschool for all Kentucky youth. Ambassadors will be a select group of leaders who commit to a year of civic engagement to strengthen community awareness, support effective programs, and bring diverse partners to the table.
During their ambassadorship, Kentucky Afterschool Ambassadors will:
- Build relationships with state and local elected officials through in-person meetings, phone calls, emails, and social media;
- Receive training that will prepare them for outreach to policymakers and other leaders; and
- Participate in events and activities to promote afterschool programs and the policies that make them possible.
Anyone with a strong passion for afterschool and an interest in advocacy is encouraged to apply. This can include, but is not limited to, afterschool professionals (directors, managers, front-line staff, retirees etc.), school teachers or administrators, city or county-level officials, other non-profit or for-profit professionals, and more. However, we will limit selection to one person per organization. Up to 12 ambassadors will be selected, with representation from each of the six U.S. Congressional districts in Kentucky expected.
May 15, 2023: Application for the 2023-2024 Ambassador cohort released
June 1, 2023: Informational Lunch & Learn (Microsoft Teams)
July 1, 2023: Application closes
July 17 – 28, 2023: Semi-finalists interviews
August 1, 2023: 2023-2024 Kentucky Afterschool Ambassador cohort announced
Ambassadors will receive a $1,000 stipend for their commitment to the program – $500 paid in December and $500 paid at the end of their term. To learn more about the Kentucky Afterschool Ambassadors program and how to apply, visit https://kyoutofschoolalliance.org/ambassador-program/.