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Student Ambassador Program
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched the Student Ambassador Program in January 2016. The goal of the Secretary of State's Student Ambassador Program is to provide Georgia's high school students an opportunity to engage as leaders within their schools and communities. Through the program students gain leadership experience by engaging in Georgia civics, encouraging voter registration among their peers and volunteering within their communities. The Secretary of State's office has already partnered with over 100 high schools all across Georgia for the 2016-2017 school year.
The Secretary of State's Student Ambassador Program is designed for 10th-12th grade students. Each school is allowed to nominate up to 9 students to represent their school. In the fall each group will attend a regional Kick-Off event where they receive all the training and resources that they will need to be successful in the program. Then they take what they have learned back to their communities. The students decide as a team what their goals are for their school and the means of achieving them. Throughout the year, the teams will organize and carry out various events. For each event that they conduct, they receive points towards our statewide competition. The school with the most points at the end of the year is recognized at the State Capitol.
Projects Students Can Organize
Host a Voter Registration Drive
Organize a pep-rally promoting voter registration
Speak to their peers about the importance of voting
Hold a Day of Service for their school
Volunteer with a non-profit
Serve as a Page during the Legislative Session
Attend a Civic Meeting
Research current events
Host an opinion poll at their school
If you would like to partner your school with the Secretary of State's Student Ambassador's Program, please contact our outreach team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-654-6045.
Secretary Kemp welcomed the Carrollton High School Student Ambassadors, the winners of our inaugural competition, to the State Capitol on Monday May 16th, 2016 to award them for their hard work and dedication to our state and their community. The team received the Student Ambassador trophy, were named Outstanding Georgians, and had the opportunity to meet with many prominent leaders from the state of Georgia and the Carrollton community. The students also received a special commendation from Governor Nathan Deal. Leigh Anne Turner was awarded the "Most Involved Student Ambassador" award for her service to the team. The Carrollton High School Ambassadors volunteered at the Carroll County Soup Kitchen, Carroll County Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, and one student taught a children’s Sunday School class at Whitesburg Baptist Church. Students coached local Special Olympics athletes to prepare for the State Olympic competition. They participated in the First United Methodist Youth Group and Our Lady of Perpetual Health Catholic Church Youth Group. Students also produced two videos showing the dangers of drinking and driving and celebrities who lost their lives due to substance abuse to promote a safe prom night, and they hosted voter registration drives and opinion polls at the school.
The Mount Zion Student Ambassadors served as Pages for Representative Dusty Hightower during the 2015 Legislative Session. The students had the opportunity to see how Georgia's government works first hand. Thank you to Representative Hightower for hosting these students.