Lisa Kinnemore would like to introduce a new opportunity for home school students for the 2018-2019 school year. The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership development program for high school students that centers around civic engagement, voter registration promotion and volunteerism. The Secretary of State’s office launched this program statewide in the fall of 2016. Secretary Kemp has created this opportunity for students to work as liaisons between our office and their schools. Through the program, they will promote voter registration and voter awareness among their peers.
Currently, there are approximately 150 schools across the state participating, and we are now opening up registration for the 2018-2019 school year. We have seen great success with the program thus far, and we are excited to see it continue to grow. The students are learning while engaging and giving back to their communities.
The program is free to join and open to all high schools and homeschool groups in the state of Georgia. If you choose to partake, we ask that you select at least one sophomore, junior, and senior to participate as each grade level has specific roles and responsibilities in the program. Each school is allowed to select up to 9 representatives, and how these students are selected is left up to the individual schools.
The students will attend a regional kick-off event in the fall where they will receive all the training and resources they will need to be successful in the program. Throughout the year, the students will plan events that center around civic involvement, voter registration promotion, and volunteerism. For each event that they hold, they will receive points towards our statewide and regional competitions. I have included a link to an informational video that would only take a few minutes of your time, and gives great insight about the program.
For students that are interested in joining, the deadline is August 24th to sign up.
Kick Off Dates:
Atlanta (Georgia World Congress Center): September 6
Statesboro (Georgia Southern University): September 12
Macon (Anderson Conference Center): September 13