The United Way Student Ambassador program strives to place motivated high school seniors who express an interest in the education or nonprofit sectors with elementary & middle school teachers to assist in their classrooms to gain firsthand experience in the field. It also offers a way to get money for college without large student loans. The main goal is to teach vital career skills and target first-generation college-bound students. The service-learning initiative, which was piloted in 2019, has been a major success and provides a path for youth to pursue higher education with debt-free opportunities. The United Way of Yavapai County is a strategic partner that provides expansion support as well as help with fundraising initiatives. It takes $30,000 to support this program, consider joining us and pledge to sponsor one of our area youth. 


High school members are recruited from partner high schools. They serve as AmeriCorps State and National members committing 300 hours of service. High school seniors with free periods are preferred to accommodate ten hours of service a week. Applicants must be 17 years of age before October 1st of the year they begin service. Benefits include:

  • $1,342.86 education award
  • Four credits from Prescott College
  • Forty hours of Civic Leadership Training
  • Monthly Team Meetings
  • Ongoing Coaching and Team support

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The program is at no cost to school districts and targets high schools throughout Yavapai County and their students who would benefit from career development and advancement. In the short term, it provides additional resources for the classroom. In the long term, it offers career paths that target the teacher shortage. Responsibilities include:

  • Recruit 1-5 High School Seniors
  • Conduct Interviews and Select Participants
  • Provide Members High School Elective Credit
  • Find Teachers within the District Needing Support
  • Foster ongoing coaching and Team support

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