The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Youth Ambassadors program provides a leadership opportunity to LGBTQ+ young advocates who are interested in helping raise awareness of HRC efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth at home, at school, at work, and beyond.
As Youth Ambassadors, these LGBTQ+ advocates will represent the HRC Foundation, adding their voices and experiences to raise awareness about the most pressing concerns facing LGBTQ+ youth as well as amplifying the Foundation programs that promote well-being for LGBTQ+ youth including:
To serve as an HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Be between the ages of 13-21 years old at the time of your application
Please note, if you are under 18, you must have a legal parent or guardian permission and support to participate as a Youth Ambassador
Live in the United States of America and plan to stay primarily in the country for your two-years of service as a Youth Ambassador
Identify as LGBTQ+ and be comfortable publicly sharing your identity including discussing your identities on social media
For the 2023-24 cohort, you must be available and willing to travel to DC (all travel costs will be covered) to participate in the Youth Ambassador Retreat set for Friday, September 29, 2023 - Saturday, September 30, 2023 (travel on 9/28 and 10/1).
As a Youth Ambassador, HRC Foundation asks that all Youth Ambassadors:
Attend the Youth Ambassador retreat set for Friday, September 29, 2023 - Saturday, September 30, 2023 (travel on 9/28 and 10/1) in Washington, DC
Attend virtual monthly meetings (date/time TBA)
Respond to HRC emails and requests in a timely manner
Be comfortable sharing your story, experiences, and identities as keynote speakers, panelists, on webinars, in videos and blogs, and on social media
Publicly support the work of HRC and HRC Foundation
HRC Foundation works hard to ensure the Youth Ambassador program is a mutually beneficial relationship that provides youth participants with tangible support including:
Training on developing your personal keynote speech and opportunities to deliver your keynote where appropriate
Media and social media training from HRC staff leaders
Opportunity to have HRC staff as professional references for high school, college, or job applications
Financial stipend of at least $100 per engagement such as serving on a panel, provide a keynote, draft a blog post, or participate in a video
HRC Foundation covers any and all travel costs for Youth Ambassadors if they are asked to travel for events, additionally, if the Youth Ambassador is under 18, HRC Foundation covers travel expenses for a legal parent or guardian to attend with their YA.