The NAD Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is a competition for deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 18 to 30 within the deaf community currently residing in the United States. Contestants will compete against each other to determine who will be the next two NAD Youth Ambassadors. The two Youth Ambassadors will work with the NAD to implement a strategic plan that addresses a social issue(s) within the Deaf community identified by the individuals during the competition. Moreover, the Ambassadors will represent the NAD at presentations, workshops, the Youth Leadership Camp (YLC), and other events within the deaf community.
About the Competition
There are five (5) rounds in the competition, plus a preliminary round – altogether six (6) rounds total. Each round has its own set of rules and instructions. The preliminary round focuses on the applicant seeking a sponsor to support him/her throughout the competition (the applicant has to mention the name of his/her sponsor during the second round). The first two rounds (rounds 1 and 2) will occur prior to the biennial NAD Conference. The last three rounds (rounds 3, 4, and 5) will occur during the Conference. The activities in each round are subject to change biannually, promoting creative integrity of the competition.
Mission: Transform aspiring young deaf and hard of hearing leaders to be innovative advocates through a collaborative community-based competition.
Vision: Achieve civic engagement and social responsibility among young deaf and hard of hearing contestants through an emphasis on visibility, innovation, and sustainability.
History of the Program: From Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program (MDAAP) to Youth Ambassador Program (YAP)
During the 2012 NAD Conference, we witnessed a moment in history — the last Miss Deaf America Ambassador Competition. After forty years, in the fall of 2012, we have unveiled a new and modern program. The new program will not be a pageant. The new program, Youth Ambassador Program, will showcase young deaf and hard of hearing female and male Americans who vie to become NAD youth ambassadors.