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 NAD Youth Ambassador. The Youth Ambassador 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 Ambassador 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. Each round has its own set of rules and instructions. 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.
The NAD provides a platform for a collaborative community competition in which the project mission and vision are achieved:
Visibility: Create a platform in which young deaf and hard of hearing advocates are made visible to the deaf community.
Innovation: Create an environment which facilitates and encourages the creation of innovative community projects.
Sustainability: Invest in the development of deaf and hard of hearing youth advocates.
The contestants will create a project that addresses an issue within the deaf community:
Visibility: Contestants present their advocacy initiative in a way that demonstrates poise/presence and clearly define the issue and how it will be addressed within their project framework.
Innovation: Contestants create a project that is original, creative, and practical (cost effective and doable).
Sustainability: Contestants create a project that ensures long term positive impact on the deaf community. This will require the project to not only be for the community, but strategically involve members of the community to ensure long term impact and implementation.
Contact [email protected] for information about the Ambassador Program.