For a B.C. community to join the Youth Ambassador program, there must first be a committed Community Organizer to:
All Community Organizers formally commit to AMSSA that they will hold to key principles when implementing the program.
To support the efforts of our Community Organizers, AMSSA has developed a Community Organizer’s Manual with clear guidelines on successfully establishing the foundation for the Youth Ambassador program. Promotional materials such as fliers and cut-and-paste articles are provided to assist with networking and recruitment of Youth Ambassadors. Grant application templates are also offered to help secure further funding for local program activities.
Community Organizers and AMSSA appreciate youth input into the program’s curriculum development, training delivery, and related activities. This program has been developed so as to engage youth to become confident leaders, and to help them build on their knowledge of diversity through other community-based volunteer activities. To thank Youth Ambassadors for their creative energy and time, Community Organizers provide each youth with a t-shirt and a Chapters gift certificate.
The program is based on a set of curricula:
Three Levels of Training
There are three levels of training required for the Youth Ambassador Program:
The Youth Ambassador curricula includes a Handout for Parents and Other Caring Adults
Tips for Being a Safe Harbour
Respectful treatment of all children and adults by all children and by all adults is key.
Rethink old sayings such as “Don’t be a tattle tale,” or “Sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you.” Some more helpful and more truthful sayings are, "Helping kids get along is what adults are for.” Or, “I’m always here to listen.” Or, Respect for all means standing up for all.”
When a child comes to you for help for themselves or for another child it is important to listen attentively and respond to their needs.
Give children time to express themselves fully.
Instead of assuming what a child might want or need, ask.
Remember that your responsibility in being a Safe Harbour is to be a center of calm where everyone feels safe.
Your role is to listen, help the children educate each other, and relax about their differences.
Remember that the best ways for children to relax are to play together.