The Youth Ambassadors (YA’s) Initiative, was developed as a summer pilot project in 2011 to meaningfully engage our long-time youth who have been involved in M.O.M.I.E for several years. The goal of the project was to employ our young people to work on creative community projects to develop their potential, build leadership, and strengthen their sense of purpose and role within M.O.M.I.E. Our Youth Ambassadors are dynamic, creative, and passionate young people who have spent their core developmental years at M.O.M.I.E. As part of the YA Initiative M.O.M.I.E offers an intensive 6-week summer program and is working toward expanding programming year round.
The Youth Ambassadors Initiative is guided by the following key goals:
Deepen leadership opportunities for our young people (both within and outside the organization).
Engage our young people in meaningful, relevant work experiences.
Elevate critical academic and career skills including, writing, teamwork, public speaking, and project management.
Improve academics in school.
Gain entry into the best middle and high schools in the city.
The ultimate goal of the Youth Ambassadors Initiative is to take M.O.M.I.E’s to the next level by institutionalizing the initiative’s foundation so that we are nurturing our young leaders to ultimately become the change-makers that we teach them about.
To sponsor a Youth Ambassador to participate in our 6-week summer Youth Ambassadors Initiative, please consider making a $500 donation on our Network for Good Page. Please write "Youth Ambassador Sponsorship" in designation box.
If you are interested in becoming a M.O.M.I.E's Youth Ambassador, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
YOUTH AMBASSADORS INITIATIVE
Human Rights in a Human Rights City: Multimedia Project
This past summer, the Youth Ambassadors partnered with the Humanities Council of Washington, DC's Soul of the City Program and American Friends Service Committee to produce a multimedia Human Rights in a Human Rights City Project, under the direction of Teaching Artist Lauren Kendrick and AFSC's Area Director Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana .
Summer 2015: Youth Ambassdor Digtal Story Project
During the summer of 2015, the Youth Ambassadors partnered with the Humanities Council of Washington, DC's Soul of the City Program and American University Graduate Student and Teaching Artist, Lauren Kendrick to conduct a digital story video project.
Photos taken by Lauren Kendrick - Teaching Artist at M.O.M.I.E
Summer 2015 Youth Ambassador cohort was filled with creative souls. Each youth brought their own unique element to the group. From canoeing on the Anacostia River to shooting hoops at Banneker Court the YAs kept themselves extremely busy this summer. CLICK HERE to see all the fantastic things they did this summer!
Photos taken by Lauren Kendrick - Teaching Artist at M.O.M.I.E's TLC
During the summer of 2014, the Youth Ambassadors partnered with the Emergence Community Arts Collective and the Georgia Avenue Business Alliance to conduct a community-wide needs assessment through the eyes of young people. Youth participated in activities such as collecting/documenting stories of local businesses, completing internships local businesses, serving as the youth voice in the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force, and presenting at a culminating panel discussion at Howard University. Youth also hosted our first ever Georgia Avenue Heritage Festival, which brought together YAs with local businesses and stakeholders.
Photo Highlights from this summer!
Youth Ambassadors visit FDIC
YAs presenting at Lower Georgia Avenue Community Review at Howard University
YAs participating in OpenStreet Map Group Workshop
Georgia Avenue Hertitage Festival presented by Youth Ambassadors
"PAY YOURSELF FIRST" Financial Education Program
athletes. The "Pay Yourself First" Program engages current
and former professional athletes to act as financial role models through a customizes financial education curriculum and technology service for the Youth Ambassadors. The "Pay Yourself First" Program applies a hands-on, interactive, and rewarding curriculum that educates participants on the fundamentals of money management including but not limited to: choosing and maintaining a checking account; creating a spending plan; and saving, obtaining, and repairing credit. "Pay Yourself First" applies a four-pronged approach to providing financial education:
1. Educate: Use financial education curriculum and material to teach Youth Ambassadors knowledge on managing personal finances.
2. Build Wealth: Leverage "Pay Yourself First" teaching to encourage all Youth Ambassadors to build wealth through savings.
3. Establish Positive Relationships: Develop strategic partnerships with financial institutions and community organizations to support Youth Ambassadors' responsible financial behavior.
4. Acknowledge Achievement: Certify and acknowledge Youth Ambassadors' completion of "Pay Yourself First."
In Summer of 2013, launched the Georgia Avenue HeritageTrail Scavenger Hunt, with support from Humanities Council of Washington, DC and Cultural Tourism DC
Summer of 2011, spearheaded an environmental justive project focused on the design, marketing, and slaes of rain water barrels in the community.
Ongoing tutoring and mentorship of younger M.O.M.I.E's participants.
Engaged in ongoing community service and service-learning opportunities.
Youth have consistently performed for various events including the DC Labor Chorus, The Legacy Project at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Pathways to the Beloved Community Forum hosted by Washington National Cathedral, and M.O.M.I.E’s Annual Social Justice Gala.
Video from 2013 Georgia Avenue Heritage Trail Scavenger Hunt