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Become a YBLA Ambassador

YBLA Ambassador Recruiting begins August 2024

Applications open on Monday, August 12, 2024. RSVP to an Interest Meeting on Monday, August 19, 2024 at NEED TIME.

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Developing the next generation of Black leaders

About our Ambassador Program

The YBLA Ambassador Program is specifically designed for high-achieving, college-bound Black students who are committed to being servant leaders and making a positive impact through service. As Ambassadors, they represent the core values of our organization, embodying our commitment to leadership, service, and education. YBLA Ambassadors are emerging Black leaders who are making a positive impact in the world.

Through the program, Ambassadors have the opportunity to connect with other accomplished and like-minded Black students. They receive comprehensive leadership training, engage in local and international community service projects, interact with corporate executives and leaders, and embark on transformative travel experiences worldwide.

 

By participating in the YBLA Ambassador Program, students become part of a global network of young Black leaders that fosters their growth, empowers them to make a positive impact, and enables them to create a better world.

Eligibility Requirements

Black male or female

High school - 11th grade

Charlotte surrounding areas

Minimum cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.0

College bound

Heart to serve the community

Available to participate in YBLA scheduled events

Willing to lead, fundraise, and recruit others to YBLA

YBLA's Three Pillars

Leadership

Every Ambassador is paired with a dedicated Leadership Coach who guides them through their leadership development journey. This personalized support ensures that Ambassadors receive the guidance and mentorship needed to thrive.

 

The Ambassador program features a comprehensive leadership curriculum designed to enhance participants' skills and capabilities.

Our Curriculum includes:

  • Toastmasters Emerging Leaders Certification

  • YBLA Servent Leadership Curriculum (SEEDS)

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teen

Service

Every Ambassador in the program will actively participate in and lead local community projects, including initiatives such as toy drives, MLK Day of Service events, and a Senior Impact project. Additionally, each Ambassador will engage in a mandatory international service abroad trip which further broadens their perspectives.

Service Abroad Additional Details:

To participate in the Ambassador program, Ambassadors must meet the following requirements specifically for the international service abroad trip: 1. Mandatory Attendance: Ambassadors must attend the international service abroad trip. 2. Passport Acquisition: Ambassadors are required to obtain a valid passport in order to travel internationally as part of the program. This ensures preparedness for global experiences. 3. Fundraising Obligation: Ambassadors are expected to actively participate in fundraising activities to contribute towards the cost of the international service abroad trip. Fundraising not only helps cover expenses but also fosters important skills such as communication, networking, and resource management. 4. Program Cost: The cost for the international service abroad trip is $2,650 per Ambassador. This includes travel expenses, accommodation, meals, activities, and other related costs. Fundraising is an integral part of the Ambassador program, providing Ambassadors with the opportunity to develop essential leadership and fundraising skills while contributing to their program costs. It serves as a valuable component of their overall leadership development journey. By meeting these requirements and actively participating in the fundraising process, Ambassadors can fully engage in the program and benefit from the enriching experiences it offers.

Education

YBLA's Roadmap to College program equips Ambassadors with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities necessary to navigate the college application process and maximize their scholarship potential.

 

This year's Senior Ambassadors collectively earned over $14 million in college scholarships, showcasing the program's success in obtaining debt-free degrees.

Our Curriculum includes:

  • Monthly college prep workshops

  • Optional ACT & SAT test prep by MasteryPrep

  • Access to YBLA's College Advisor

  • Parent Workshops

Program Schedule

The Ambassador program offers a unique hybrid experience, combining virtual and in-person elements. Scroll through the activities we offer throughout the year.

Ambassadors must be available on Wednesdays from 5 PM to 9 PM for virtual leadership huddle meetings with their team and leadership coach.

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Attendance Policy

As a YBLA Ambassador, active participation and attendance are key expectations for your engagement in the program. Ambassadors are expected to attend all sessions and events. However, Ambassadors are allowed a maximum of 4 unexcused absences per semester. On the 5th unexcused absence, Ambassadors will be dismissed from the program. Excused absences are granted for illness, death, or acts of God.

The following events are mandatory to remain in the Ambassador program: 

  • Leadership Retreat - Thursday, October 12, 2023, to Sunday, October 15, 2023. 

  • Service Abroad – June 2024 (The specific week will be provided in advance) 

Program Benefits 

Join a Network of Like-Minded Young Black Leaders

Become part of a vibrant community of ambitious young Black leaders, connecting with peers who share your passion for leadership and service.

Engage in Local Community Service

Participate in rewarding and engaging local community service projects, fostering a spirit of service and social responsibility.

Confidence in
Public Speaking

Obtain Toastmasters' certification and gain confidence in public speaking, a valuable skill for future leadership roles and personal growth.

Opportunity to Earn College Scholarships

Unlock opportunities to earn college scholarships, leveraging your leadership experiences and achievements to fund your higher education journey.

Build a Competitive Resume for College Admissions

Enhance your college application with valuable leadership experiences, service activities, and international service abroad trip participation.

Personalized College Advisor Support

Access personalized college advising to navigate the college application process and discover ways to earn debt-free degrees.

International Travel for Service in Belize

Embark on a life-changing international service trip to Belize, making a meaningful impact in global communities while broadening your horizons.

Increase
Leadership Skills

Develop crucial leadership skills through comprehensive leadership training, empowering you to lead with confidence and impact.

Guidance from a Dedicated Leadership Coach

Receive guidance and mentorship from a dedicated leadership coach, supporting your growth and development throughout the program.

Charlotte Ambassador Recruitment 2024

How to Apply & What to Expect

The Ambassador Program at YBLA is a highly competitive program, selecting only a limited number of Ambassadors for each cohort. Ambassadors are selected based on their outstanding academic achievements, demonstrated leadership potential, availability, and commitment to community service.

Application & Selection Process

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Application Schedule

Monday, August 28

Applications Open

Wednesday, September 6 (7PM)

Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 13

Applications Close

Friday, September 15

In-person Interview Notification

Tuesday, September 19 (5 - 9 PM)

In-person Interviews

Wednesday, September 20 (5 - 9 PM)

In-person Interviews

Thursday, September 21

Notification for Final Interview

Saturday, September 23

Final In-person Interview with Parent/Guardian

Monday, September 25

Final Notification

Wednesday, September 27

Candidates Acceptance & Deposits Due

Saturday, September 30

Orientation

Program Cost

Annual Program Cost

$2,499

Junior Ambassador Program 

Program duration from September to July

$99 Deposit upon Acceptance - Due by September 27

Payment Options

Annual Payment: $2,349 (Save $150 with the annual payment option)

Monthly Payment: $249 per month

10 installments from October to July; the first draft is on October 1

Payments must be auto drafted

Financial assistance is available for eligible participants

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Ready to Apply?

Need More Information?

Attend an Interest Meeting on Wednesday, September 6 @ 7 PM

Questions?

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