Join Our Team!
Application for New Ambassadors
What’s the program about?
We coach exceptionally self-motivated young people in middle school, high school and college to become skilled systems thinkers, public speakers and project managers. As an Ambassador, you develop a Two-Year School/Community Work Plan which includes sustainability projects that integrate the goals of your school district, city government, local businesses and non-profits.
Ambassadors work with our outstanding network of Sustainability Coaches to establish community curriculum connections, increase the professionalism of your school Green Team, and establish sustainability policy frameworks within Student Government, Faculty, PTA, and your entire school district. You track positive trends based on shared measurement systems. You report what’s working to decision makers. You help facilitate an annual Community Sustainability Summit.
Benefits of becoming a Sustainability Ambassador
You represent your school district and your city government by researching sustainability trends, developing action projects that make a difference and reporting results to decision makers.
You get expert training in public speaking to deliver class seminars, school assemblies, conference keynotes, and professional presentations to City Council, School Board, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and related non-profit organizations.
You develop project management skills to drive change at school or in the community.
You increase your effectiveness as a facilitator and peer-coach helping other students become more effective leaders.
You learn how to collect data and measure progress in alignment with the policy frameworks of local government so that what you work on is related to what the city or county actually needs to get done.
Your assignments in class begin to connect naturally to your work as a Sustainability Ambassador with access to great coaches. You get great ideas for essays and research assignments in your regular classes. You add up tons of community service hours while inspiring others to join you. You can even earn college credit as you enter your junior year through our partner, Bellevue College.
You get a great jump on college and career because what we do is real.
Who’s on my team?
Sustainability Ambassadors are recruited from every school district in King County. Students often enter in middle school and continue building their skills and serving their community through high school and beyond. School district teams usual have 2-6 reps. We support an annual cohort of between 30 and 40 Ambassadors.
What is the time commitment like?
The time commitment is intentionally flexible. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your time in relation to your passion for learning, leading and taking action. The more involved you get the greater impact we have. The policy issues we grapple with are complex and solutions develop slowly, so if you have a lot of passion and a lot of patience for real-world, systemic change, then you need to put your time in if you want to be part of a living democracy. Here is the basic calendar.
Trainings once a month (typically 12:00-5:00 on Sundays)
Project Meetings (for School District Teams as needed)
Mid-Winter Break: Two-Day – “Sustainable Systems College”
Spring Break: Two-Day – “Sustainable Systems College”
June Four-Day – “Sustainable Systems College”
July Four-Day – “Sustainable Systems College”
August Four-Day – “Sustainable Systems College”
Option for Summer Internships
August 2050 Workout (invite your peers!)
Ready to Apply?
STEP 1: Take some serious time to explore this website. See what you think about the structure and goals of the program. If it looks like a good fit for how you see yourself contributing as a learner and leader, then we want to hear from you.
STEP 2: Email a REALLY well-crafted letter of interest to Program Director, Peter Donaldson, describing your skills, your experience and your sense of purpose in life. Address how you see yourself aligning with the roles and responsibilities outlined in this document, your interest in developing as a leader and your commitment to creating a sustainable future. Tell us who you are, how you think and what you care about. Make it professional and personal… but concise.
STEP 3: Submit a sample of your best writing. Something you already have. We value excellent communication skills. It could be a research paper, an essay, or a work of creative fiction.
STEP 4: Collect at least two recommendations (1-2 paragraphs) from people who know your character, your work ethic, follow through, and ability to collaborate on a team. These recommendations can be emailed to Peter Donaldson.
Contact: Email or call Peter Donaldson if you or your parents have questions or want to talk more about this leadership experience. 206-227-9597, firstname.lastname@example.org