Teen Ambassadors of Hope

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Our 2024 Teen Ambassadors of Hope fundraising period is now open! Help them raise $40,000 to support TAP's services!

support the 2024 ambassadors!
 

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ABOUT

Texas Advocacy Project’s Teen Ambassadors of Hope (TAoH) is a statewide leadership program designed to equip teens to influence positive change around healthy relationships and teen dating violence prevention.

Through continued training and support from TAP staff and outside leadership coaches, Teen Ambassadors gain valuable resources and tangible information on promoting safe and healthy relationships while raising awareness and funds in support of TAP's mission. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Texas residents aged 13 – 19
  • Passion for cultivating healthy relationships and preventing teen dating violence
  • Civic-minded, compassionate, motivated, and open to learning and growing
  • There are no term limits so as long as the Ambassador meets all other requirements and is in good standing, they may continue to serve for multiple years (we encourage it!)
     

AMBASSADOR BENEFITS

  • Gain expertise in cultivating healthy relationships, teen dating violence prevention, and TAP’s services
  • Develop transferable leadership and business skills with industry leaders while learning how to advocate and raise awareness to support victims of power-based abuse
  • Network and build community with like-minded peers across Texas
  • Small group discussions with other Ambassadors from the same area in Texas
  • Gain lifelong support and mentorship opportunities with TAP Staff and Board of Directors
  • Stand out on college and job applications by earning service hours and receiving a letter of recommendation from Texas Advocacy Project’s CEO, Heather Bellino
  • Compete for one of six awards presented at the Teen Hope Awards at the end of the program
  • Option to deepen learning and inform programming by applying to join the TAoH Leadership Council – a group of returning Ambassadors that make an even bigger impact in their peer group, school, and community and help plan the TAoH program (must have participated a year prior to be eligible)
  • Foundational Training Track for first-year Ambassadors (topics include the relationship spectrum through pop culture, conflict resolution, how to be an upstander, leadership, marketing and fundraising skills, and more) and Advanced Training Track for second-year Ambassadors (topics include leadership styles based on personality, policy, advocacy, and more)
  • Opportunity to attend TAP’s biggest event of the year, Black & White Ball, attended by dignitaries, state leaders, survivors, and more
     

AMBASSADOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend TAoH Orientation in-person in Austin, TX or virtually to gain a foundational knowledge of ways to cultivate healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence
  • Raise funds and awareness to support TAP's work ($500 goal encouraged). Past examples of awareness campaigns include dance recitals, restaurant profit-shares, social media campaigns, art shows, golf tournaments, t-shirt sales… the possibilities are endless!
  • Contribute meaningfully to TAoH by actively participating in virtual trainings, discussion topics, and community-building events (examples include virtual educational sessions on topics such as attachment styles, conflict resolution, and personalized leadership, Team Cup challenges, movie watch parties, small group discussions, etc.)
     

PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE

  • November 17, 2023 – February 9, 2024: TAoH Application Period
  • February 24, 2024: TAoH Orientation (Austin, TX & Virtual)
  • February 25, 2024: Fundraising Period Opens
  • July 2024 - Date TBD: Fundraising Deadline for Award Consideration
  • July 2024 - Location TBD: Teen Hope Awards 
  • July 2024 - Date TBD: All Fundraising Closes
     

A LOOK BACK...

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2023 Award Winners
Business Networker - Sonia Singh
Fundraising - Megan Dempsey
Innovation - Hazel Reddy
Leadership - Alessandra Bonet
Outreach - Declan Dalton
Social Media - Maryn Lee

2022 Award Winners
Business Networker - Amya Williams
Fundraising - Blaire Woehl
Innovation - Ingrid Smith
Leadership - Beck Buskirk & Sonia Singh
Outreach - Samantha Arriola
Social Media - Angelina Nguyen

2021 Award Winners
Business Networker - Peyton DeMarco
Fundraising - RJ Ohls
Innovation - Meghna Ittycheria
Leadership - Finnley Willms
Outreach - Saksham Singh
Social Media - Anna Palmer

Questions?  Email [email protected] or text/call 737-610-6855