Youth Ambassador Program
Though we work diligently to impact young people immediately, the truth is that many of the biggest issues facing our world today will not be resolved in the next few years. While 10 million pairs of shoes will make a significant impact on children today, Samaritan’s Feet recognizes that truly lasting change requires a commitment and a vision for the future. In order to best prepare the next generation, we have established a variety of programs aimed at providing global perspective and philanthropic ethic.
Read a blog post about one student’s life-changing experience here.
The goal of the Youth Ambassadors of Samaritan’s Feet (students in grades 9-12) is to make a difference in their local community as well as in impoverished areas around the world. Students will be exposed to cultural, economic and social influences that will give them opportunities to use their God-given talents to model compassion and to ignite advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged children.
YAP is currently open to high-schoolers in the Charlotte, NC area.
• To work as a team to creatively raise support for one local shoe distribution, one domestic Shoes of Hope trip and one international project (Peru, Nigeria, South Africa).
• To travel as a team to the areas they are raising support for and see firsthand the difference their efforts have made. In addition to assisting with a shoe distribution, students will meet with foreign business leaders and visit universities, cultural and historic sites.
• Help students develop skills useful for future opportunities
• Encourage spiritual and emotional growth in students as they see God using them and their talents to make a difference
• Expose students to professionals to assist them in developing skills such as marketing, grant writing/fundraising, public relations, administration/finance, public speaking, project management, etc. Professionals who may meet with the students are Manny Ohonme – President/Founder of Samaritan’s Feet and Scott Faulkenberry – Chief Development Officer.
• Help students work as a team to fundraise the support for YAP projects (approach businesses for grants, sell t-shirts or SF shoes)
• Provide opportunity for students to plan an international shoe distribution and decide on a team project within that country to support (provide school uniforms, sports supplies, books, etc.)
• A written application
• A one page essay on why they should be selected
• 3 recommendation letters (preferably one from a pastor, and one from a teacher)
• An interview with the student
• A signed commitment from the student and from the parent
• The desire to grow in their relationship with God
• The ability to build relationships with others
• The ability to be a strong team player
• A good work ethic and ability to follow instructions
• A passing grade in all subjects
• $4,000 per student covers oversight of the program plus cost of domestic and international trips
• Each student has the responsibility of raising their funds. Contributions may be made to support individuals as well as to the group as a whole.
July-October: Applications are accepted
By January 30: Selections made
February-August: Regular meetings
July: International trip
End of August: Celebration dinner and conclusion of program
• Attendance at regular meetings with YAP coordinator. Meetings will begin and end with prayer, include a short devotional, discussion about projects and working creatively together to accomplish team goals.
• Assignments/tasks will be given that must be completed. Students must dedicate time weekly towards their responsibilities and assignments.