The UN Youth ACT Schools Ambassador Program (SAP) equips students in Years 10, 11 and 12 with valuable leadership skills in order to advocate change within their local communities. As an Ambassador, you will harness these skills and implement social change beyond the duration of the course.
Over multiple sessions, participants will analyse different ways of influencing change on a local, national and international level. Participants will plan, strategise and implement a change ‘movement’ based on an issue they are passionate about. This process calls for creativity, determination and teamwork. Each week there will be a different theme, and the final session will be a Showcase, to check where student’s campaigns are standing and project where they may take it in future.
Week 1: Becoming an Ambassador
In this session delegates will be given the main objectives of the program and what they can expect. The main objective is for delegates to create a program that can impact their peer’s thoughts about the issues they’re passionate about. The goal of this session is to show what an effective ambassador does and show delegates how they can replicate this in their own spheres.
Week 2: Advocacy and Change-Making
In this session delegates will look at various advocacy campaigns and discuss why they were so effective/ineffective. We will focus mainly on how these campaigns effectively communicated their messages and the impact their campaigns had on the local community. Delegates will be creatively challenged to create content to display the importance of their chosen issue.
Week 3: Creating Your Program
This sessions focus is about identifying the challenges youth face within the ACT and discerning what programs would be most effective at addressing these issues. This will allow students to discuss and analyse the challenges that face them in the day to day, and proposing solutions to these issues.
Week 4: Preparing for the Showcase
Delegates will be required to prepare for their presentation to their peers about the issue of their choice. They will present their pitch to the other delegates. They will then assess these pitches and look at how they can be made more effective.