Community Learning Network - Youth Ambassadors
Born in the Barrio of Santa Fe, this project emerged in response to the words of an elder who said, " Well-being comes from being accountable to a people and a place." In the era of video games and television, today's youth may actually have far less access to the wisdom and resources of our own communities. Getting to know each other and getting to know our community through real-life learning is a powerful anti-dote to the some of the pitfalls of modern living that can be found in feelings and conditions of isolation, confusion, or frustration. Learning to "LOVE where we LIVE" is nourished by relationship-building and real-life experiences with real people in the real places where we live, work, and play.
Students who successfully complete the program components listed below will receive
a certificate of completion signed by the Mayor and letter of reference
plus inclusion in the Youth Ambassadors Directory.
Youth Ambassadors may also be invited to participate in regional civic and professional events.
Participate in at least four Community Learning Adventures which may include meeting with local community members, exploring local historic sites, visiting community attractions and museums, and participating in community volunteer service projects.
Participate in ambassador training workshops to improve communication and public speaking skills and to learn group facilitation techniques and team-building games.
Keep a personal learning log to document your experiences,
thoughts, feelings, and discoveries through writing, photos,
Complete a regional history survey to demonstrate the understanding and knowledge you gained during the program.
Present a “Love Where We Live” culminating project of their choice to showcase highlights from what they learned and experienced such as a YouTube video, slideshow, poem, painting, play, art show, digital media, interview, portfolio, movie, etc…