Originally Published: November 3, 2004 6 a.m.
What is an America’s Promise Ambassador and what do they do?
Let Kayla Mueller, one of only 150 America’s Promise Ambassadors in the country, explain who she is and what she does.
“Cindy asked me if I wanted to be an ambassador, and I thought it would be another opportunity to give back to the community,” said Kayla, 16, of Prescott Valley.
According to Cindy Craig, Youth Volunteer Corps program director, Kayla has all the qualities she looks for in an ambassador.
“I looked for someone with strong leadership skills, who was responsible, committed and had good follow-through. Kayla also demonstrates the Five Promises in her personal life,” Craig said.
The Five Promises that businesses and organizations are encouraged to make to youth in the community are:
· Caring Adults: to pro- vide sustained adult relationships through which children experience support, care and guidance.
· Safe Places: to provide constructive activities in places that nurture children’s skills and interests, enriches academic performances, and offers opportunities to contribute to the community.
· Healthy Start: provides access to services including immunizations, regular dental checkups, and education on risky behaviors such as gangs, violence, drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
· Marketable Skills: to prepare for employment, learn workplace etiquette, technology, problem-solving and team-working skills.
· Opportunity to Serve: to allow youths to see themselves as part of the solution, not the problem whether it’s by participating in church groups, neighborhood teams, service clubs, schools, or family projects.
The Ambassador’s job is to present the Five Promises to area businesses, church groups, and schools and ask for the organizations to sign on and contribute time, resources, materials or manpower.
Other facets of being an Ambassador consist of attending a 1 and 1/2 hour monthly conference call with Ambassadors from all over the country, participation in a service day project in April, and spreading the word.
“We tell others about the organization,” Kayla said. She did so last week at the Lights On After School celebration on Oct. 14 in front of parents, students and the community.
Kayla attends school, works at the Gateway Mall, and serves on the Youth Counts Volunteer Corps Board where she’s been involved for two years.
Last Saturday Kayla took part in Environment Day out at the Highland Center for Natural History as part of Prescott Area Youth Leadership. She is one of 12 members in the leadership class where youth learn about the environment, media, education, non-profits and government service.
Being the busy gal that she is, Kayla finished with the Youth Leadership activity and traveled back to Prescott Valley to take part in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Yavapai Telethon.
She worked the phones along with the two other America’s Promise Ambassadors in the area, Eileen LaFleur from Chino Valley and Samantha Pickard from Prescott.
The Telethon earned $94,098 for the BGCCY.
Anyone wanting to learn more about America’s Promise Ambassadors can check out the web site at: www.americaspromise.org or reach Kayla at her email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org.