Empower And Help Ambassador Program 2021 Details

A Virtual Global Ambassador Program

 U.S Teens + Mentorship + Compassion + Leadership = A Life Changing Summer

The ambassador program is a fun, educational, life-changing and amazing experience building program.  We believe that change is possible and this program trains our youth who are ready to commit and passionate about bringing a global change, developing skills needed to lead. 

What to expect as an ambassador ? – Has an empathetic, kind, positive and can do attitude.  Is ready to work both independently as well as in a team setting both being a leader and follower as needed.  Has a deep desire to raise their voices about global issues. Read about Ambassador Contributions 2020 at – https://empowerandhelp.com/ambassadors-contribution-2020/

Register for Ambassador Program – (Please select option “Empower And Help Ambassador Program 2021”. You can put NA for fields asking for allergies or learning disabilities – As we are using one form for all our registrations). 

Fees: $34.99 ( Registration in Ambassador Program 2021 makes you automatically eligible to enter Empower And Help Global Awareness Challenge 2021 also.)

Students in grade 6-12 are eligible to participate.

Duration: June 1st – August 31st

Your Registration confirms the acceptance of Rules.

 

Benefits & Responsibilities:

  1. Registration in Ambassador Program 2021 makes you automatically eligible to enter Empower And Help Global Awareness Challenge 2021 also.
  2. Build leadership and life skills through online mindset development classes.
  3. Gain real-life experiences that will help you throughout your academic, professional, and personal life.
  4. Enhance writing, communication, and people skills.
  5. Earn volunteer hours in real-time for the selfless effort put through the ambassador program.
  6. All ambassadors will receive a certificate of completion once all of their set projects are finished.
  7. The top 5 performing ambassadors will receive letters of recommendation.
  8. One ambassador will win the title of Golden Ambassador which entails a $200 reward to be put towards charitable use and the pride of having excelled in helping inspire a better tomorrow. Learn more about Awards and SponsorshipsWinner of EmpowerAndHelp Global Awareness Challenge Golden Ambassador award for 2020 was Sahasra Nandela.
  9. Attend weekly meetings
      • To share your ideas, track your success and overcome obstacles.
      • With guest speakers who are entrepreneurs, coaches, leaders involved in different humanitarian work.

 

Register for Ambassador Program – (Please select option “Empower And Help Ambassador Program 2021”. You can put NA for fields asking for allergies or learning disabilities – As we are using one form for all our registrations). 

 

The Projects

*Please note that the programs are subject to change 

Below are different projects that ambassadors can choose to participate in:

1. Leadership and positive mindset development classesBe part of free online classes designed specially for ambassadors and learn important life skills such as power of thoughts, building self-esteem, important leadership skills such as empathy and emotional self-awareness.

2. Article Publication – As an ambassador using your voice to raise awareness on global issues that are important to you and that you want to shine a light on is a powerful tool to have. This is why we believe that publishing articles that are backed by research, peer-reviewed, and professionally edited is an important part of being an ambassador. These articles are also a chance for you to share a solution that you think might propel the issue into a resolution. The process can take a while from idea to publication but we are here to guide you the whole way through.

Here is how it works:  You find an issue you want to highlight and  begin the brainstorming and the research process.

  • There will be weekly meetings to check on the status of your article and we are always available to help you through the writing process.
  • Once you are confident that you are ready to begin the reviewing process, your draft will be shared with fellow ambassadors as part of the peer-reviewing process.
  • After you take all the feedback you are given and make your final edits and are ready to publish, your article will be edited by three senior members of the Empower And Help organization to give more feedback.
  • Once all of these steps are done and you format your article with pictures and how you want it presented, it is ready to be published in the Empower And Help Blog section for everyone to hear your powerful voice.

 

3. Fundraising – In a world where the dollar reigns supreme, fundraising is an incredible way to support local causes and financially help shift the tide for a better tomorrow. There are numerous worthy organizations locally, nationally, and globally that are working hard to meet the needs of a cause they strongly believe in. You can be a part of this effort by organizing a fundraiser to benefit an organization whose mission aligns with your beliefs. We encourage creativity and want you to express your passions by taking part in making a difference in the world.  Here are some steps to create your fundraiser:

  • Start with doing some research, the internet is an amazing place where you can find information about any organization in the world.
  • It is advised that you get in touch with the organization you choose to learn more from them about their mission and to let them know that you are planning to help them with this fundraiser. They may even have ideas on how to best fundraise!
  • Once you have done your research and found the organization that you want to support it is time to put together an action plan.
  • Your action plan helps you outline who you are helping, what your goal is, how you plan to raise the funds (are you selling something or providing a service etc.), and how will you market this fundraiser? And so on.
  • Once you have everything mapped out, it is time to get the wheels in motion by creating a flyer that is eye-catching and has all the prominent information so people know what it is when they look at it. You can then plan to market it the best way you see fit, whether is posting it electronically or printing it and spreading it around your neighborhood.
  • We will be with you every step of the way, we will check in on you weekly and support you anyway we can, but we want you to be innovative and make this project your own.
  • At the end of the fundraiser, you will be asked to publish an article to share steps you took from start to finish.  This will inspire others to fundraise and help them learn from your methods. Here you will document any trial and errors you may have faced, how you problem-solved, and highlight your triumphs. 

4. Community Drives – Organizing a community drive is yet another way to make a positive impact on the world. The process for organizing a community drive is exactly like the process for creating and executing a fundraiser, except in this case you are trying to figure out what your local organization needs most. You can collect for your local food bank, animal shelter, women’s shelter, or any other organization that you find that you are passionate about. It is important to note that given the current pandemic thinking of ways to conduct a community drive in a COVID friendly, socially distanced, hands-free way is a big part of this project. This will require innovation, problem-solving, and maybe getting you out of your comfort zone. However, these skills will help you in the future in any endeavor you may embark on.

 

5. Mentorship Program – It has been proven that peer-to-peer mentorship is beneficial for both the mentor and mentee and we have found great success with this program in the past and are happy to offer it again. Ambassadors get real-life experience through teaching, mentoring and interacting with students that they are paired with. Students can be from refugee families, below poverty lines in developing nations or part of local families that need academic support. Some of the tasks that are entailed in this program are:

  • Regular Zoom meetings with your assigned student.
  • Creating curriculum for your student depending on their academic level. The fields of study are STEM, english (pronunciation through reading and spelling), and coding.
  • Setting attainable goals for your mentee and working together towards those goals.
  • There is a possibility you will be working as a team with another ambassador to focus on one mentee.

 

6. NewsletterWe send out a monthly newsletter with updates on everything that is happening at Empower and Help. Our ambassadors work together to build the content, format the newsletter, create the writing pieces, choose what they want to highlight, and do it all by a certain deadline. This is a collaborative effort that will require planning, brainstorming, and supporting each other in a friendly and respectful space.

7. Social Media Collaborations – This is a fun and interactive activity that requires creativity and some out of the box thinking. This will be a group setting to plan, create, and execute weekly social media posts for our pages. Every week there will be a meeting to discuss a certain theme that reflects on different worthy causes and the team will be tasked with creating content that is related to these causes.

Tasha Toth

 

8. Book Club – Reading teaches us empathy and social awareness, that is why we are happy to have a book club for the ambassadors to have a chance at learning more about the world around them. Given the climate of our world we believe diversity is an important topic for our ambassadors to explore. There will be 2 books to read over the course of the summer which equals 1 book every month and a half. Middle schoolers and high schoolers will each have their own assigned books to read. We will meet in a group setting to discuss the book to hear what everyone thought of the book and what they took away from the book. This summer we will be focusing on the refugee and Native American groups. This Book Club is in collaboration with Tasha Toth from The Book Smart Project. The Book Smart Project works to get books in the hands of students from low income school districts around the state of New Jersey.

*Note: books will not be provided, it is your responsibility to purchase them or check them out from your local library.

Middle School Book Club Books – 

    • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. This is based on a true story about a Native American girl who is left stranded on an island for 18 years and is forced to learn how to survive. It is an emotional journey of courage, inner-strength, determination, and resilience.
    • The Arrival by Shaun Tan. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I want to hear yours. This wordless graphic novel tells the immigrant story through pictures. It is a story about family, new beginnings, and a new world. The meeting for this book will be all up for interpretation as to what story you saw and what words you would use to tell the story of these pictures.

High School Book Club Books – 

  • There There by Tommy Orange. This is a book written by and about the Native American culture and background. This novel includes several essays on Native American history and identity.  
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I want to hear yours. This wordless graphic novel tells the immigrant story through pictures. It is a story about family, new beginnings, and a new world. The meeting for this book will be all up for interpretation as to what story you saw and what words you would use to tell the story of these pictures.

 

Instructors and Mentors

Priti Bansal is Co-Founder and President of Empower And Help , a mom, Humanitarian, community helper and is the glue that keeps the whole team together. You can always count on her to get your spirits up, come up with innovative ideas to make a project successful and jump in to help wherever it is needed. She is not hesitant to take on new challenges and learn new things. Priti also joined the Board of Casa Freehold , mission is to lay a foundation for empowerment so that immigrants can learn how to address their needs and assist others as they integrate into the community. Priti launched Empower And Help Global Challenge and Ambassador Program to empower youth in year 2020. The program exceeded expectations in its first year with around 50 paticipants from all over the country.

Priti has co-authored a children’s book, Sal, Let’s Help, which teaches children to give back by doing smalls task starting at home . Book was successfully funded on kickstarter and copies were distibuted all across the world. Priti also has led the computer campaign where 35+ computers were donated to families in needlocally and across the globe. Priti is also founder of social good project “Cards of Hope” . Priti has conducted and conducting multiple drives where trucks full of basic needs have been sent across the globe to help displaced families in need due to war or nature.

 

 

Aditi Verma is a co-founder of Empower And Help, author of the children’s book “Sal, Let’s Help” as well as creator of several empowerment workshops and seminars that help youths, teens and women develop powerful self-esteem, positive can-do attitude, navigate ups and downs of life and more.  She is part of a worldwide movement to empower youth and families.

Aditi is a certified wisdom coach for kids ages 7 to 12 and certified teen wisdom coach for ages 13 to 23. She believes it is vital for children to be balanced emotionally and intellectually to achieve their goals and be successful in their lives. Through Empower And Help, she aims to bring that balance into youth’s lives by focusing on emotional intelligence, value-based learning and experiential hands on volunteer opportunities.  She also believes that personal growth within parents will naturally lead to personal growth in children and hence creates and provides workshops for parents as well. Her vision is that of a connected, empowered and happy family. She teaches powerful tools to her clients to achieve their goals which she herself practices as well.  In the past she has worked in the corporate world as a Business Analyst and Product Manager and holds degrees in Bachelors of Science from Virginia Tech and Masters in Biotechnology from University of Pennsylvania. Aditi Verma and my husband are proud parents of 2 children.  Aditi is passionate about Empower And Help’s mission to build future leaders with integrity that make this world a better place for themselves and others.

 

 

Aishwarya Panchal is our Partner and Educator who has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. She is passionate about the human brain, our thought processes and mindset shifts. She fell in love with teaching while being a teaching assistant in graduate school. After working for several years in the corporate as an Analyst, Aish took a break from work to focus more time with her young son. Her search to be of service to others, her love for psychology and education got her in touch with our team at Empower and Help. She has conducted Social Media workshops for middle school and high school students and was one of the supervising members for the 2020 Global Ambassador program. She is now spearheading our mentorship program in India and is helping us expand our passion to empower and educate underprivileged  children internationally. She is also currently studying to become a certified coach from the Jay Shetty Coaching School.

 

 

Gail Vignola is on the English Department faculty of Seton Hall University in New Jersey, where she is also the Director of Second-Language Writing. With a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, her post-graduate work in Education and Applied Linguistics was completed at the University of Massachusetts/Boston and the University of California/Berkeley. 

Besides teaching, Gail is a committed activist in the cause of higher education for displaced Syrian students and, with her students at the University of Evansville in Indiana, started a nonprofit—Scholars for Syria—in 2015 to increase awareness, promote advocacy, and raise funds for Syrian students and their families. Scholars for Syria introduced the first Syrian student in Indiana as a TEDx presenter in 2016, raised over $10K in donations for Syrian students, and hosted guests such as Sana Mustafa, Lina Sergie, Mariela Shaker, and SAMS. In 2019, Scholars for Syria and the University of Evansville were awarded the International Institute of Higher Education (IIE) Heiskell Award for Higher Education in Emergencies in recognition of their successful approaches and strategies for supporting displaced scholars.

In 2019, Gail joined the board of edSeed/VIP.fund, a Syrian nonprofit promoting higher education through crowd-funding, investing in youth programs and startups, and providing empowerment and employment for displaced Syrian youth. 

In 2020, with the support of Empower and Help – who supplied peer student mentors and an Arabic-speaking interpreter – these two organizations collected donated hardware and created and tailored lessons for 9 resettled Syrian refugee students in NJ during the summer to help them adjust to remote learning and practice their English. This kind of collaboration is at the heart of both organizations’ missions and transcends culture. Scholars for Syria hopes to continue to pool resources and implement projects that will have concrete, positive effects on the lives of displaced people everywhere, hoping to change the disastrous results of global conflicts in whatever ways possible, and striving to weave a chain of connection that will result in bridges built with the raw materials of humanity, compassion, and justice.

 

 

Natasha is a Senior Mentor and Adviser with Empower And Help. She is currently pursuing her degree in English Language and Literature at Southern New Hampshire University. She established The Book Smart Project in 2014, which she founded in honor of her late father who instilled in her the love of charitable work. The Book Smart Project collects and donates kids’ books to low-income school districts across the country, with a focus on New Jersey schools. In collaboration with other organizations, such as Literacy Movement 4 More, African Library Project, and Empower And Help, to name a few, Natasha’s books have also made it to the Carribean, India, Syria, South Africa, Brazil and more. When she is not collecting books for low-funded schools, she mentors Syrian refugees in Za’atri Camp in Jordan remotely, providing support, academic help, and translation, through an organization called EdSeed. She is fluent in Arabic and used her skills to bridge the language gap during the 2020 Empower And Help Remote Mentorship Program. She spearheaded this pilot program by assisting with curriculum, translating during the teaching sessions, and supporting the mentors, students, and parents throughout the summer. Natasha’s passion for literacy has been a driving force in all of her charitable efforts and she continues on her quest to leave a positive lasting impact on the world.