Since the beginning of this year, we have dedicated time to researching the best ways to create an authentic student voice group to work with our coalition. Based on this youth-informed research, we have launched a pilot program to integrate New Jersey students into our coalition activities. We have selected thirteen diverse high school students, from various regions of the state (northern, central, and southern), to share the voice of students regarding educational and civic engagement issues in New Jersey.
This group of students will be known as the WRNJ Youth Leadership Ambassadors (YLAs). YLAs will receive training and mentorship in civic engagement and education policy and will provide input and ideas to inform the coalition’s advocacy agenda. They will also have the opportunity to take on an extended role as an advisor to the coalition, which includes participating in a two-way exchange with our coalition and our networks. At the end of the program, contingent on funding, YLAs will have the opportunity to continue their work with the coalition and act as ongoing advisors. For full details, see our program description. To meet our first group of YLAs, see our press release.
This opportunity is made possible by the generous support of the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.