BENEFITING: Texas Advocacy Project Inc
Twenty four teens from across Texas have been selected for a statewide ambassadorship to promote healthy dating relationships and raise awareness about teen dating violence as part of Texas Advocacy Project’s 2nd annual Teen Ambassadors of Hope campaign. Candidates were nominated by coaches, teachers, neighbors, and parents and were selected based upon their community involvement and social engagement. Male and female teens ranging in age from 13-17, who live throughout Texas –including Austin, Houston, Mission, Plano, Round Rock- were selected to represent this year’s class. Ambassadorship goals are threefold: engage young leaders in raising awareness about dating violence and healthy relationships; promote Texas Advocacy Project’s mission and legal services; and raise needed funds for the organization. All participating teens will attend a mandatory training provided by The Project where they will cover healthy relationships, teen dating violence, personal branding, and grassroots fundraising. In addition, these young contributors will participate in an exclusive Leadership Training class led by Dr. Barry Bales. While spearheading their individual campaigns, the teens will compete for the title of Teen Ambassador of the Year presented to the top three ambassadors who raise the most funds in their respective campaigns. The campaign will run from May 1 – July 8. All participants will receive credit for their volunteer work and will be recognized for their efforts at an awards banquet on July 23.