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JUNTOSAmbassadors

A one-year leadership where individuals learn how to create a proposal, a budget, to fundraise successfully, and to carry out a 4-12 week project abroad. 

This program invests in passionate individuals by providing the opportunity to develop skills and a strong foundation for future endeavors. Ambassadors will learn how to conduct, organize, and lead the most effective outreach performances and movement workshops in their local communities. They will also learn how to manage time, create project proposals, how to write a budget, what creates a successful fundraiser, and how to work solo. Ambassadors will put this knowledge to use in a final capstone project, spending 4-12 weeks abroad immersed with a partner organization and their community.

PROGRAM VISION

To create sustainable, year-round programming while mentoring community leaders and providing a platform for their future endeavors.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • All Ambassadors will develop and strengthen their leadership skills through training, mentoring, and experience culminating in the final capstone project.
  • All Ambassadors will gain a knowledge and understanding of how dance and culture are represented in the institutions of their home country and one country abroad.
  • JUNTOS will expand and develop partnerships with select organizations and strengthen our international network.

HOW DO WE DO THIS?

Ambassadors will fill a one-year volunteer contract. After the 60-day trial period, Ambassadors are paired with a mentor to help them accomplish their goals. In the nine months leading up to their international travel Ambassadors learn through reading materials, webinars, bi-monthly meetings with teammates, and field experience. With guidance, each Ambassador provides a proposal for their capstone project and works with Collaborators to execute these successfully. This leadership experience will carry them into future endeavors of community partnership and service.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

All past JUNTOSAbroad participants are eligible to be Ambassadors (alumni and current students). Visit the application page for more information regarding the application process.

Through this new program, we hope to mentor community leaders, expand and develop partnerships, strengthen our network, and create ongoing international programming.

TIMELINE

October-December: 1st Quarter (sample syllabus) – training and leadership webinars
Ambassadors undergo initial training session, attend an outreach activity scheduled by previous Ambassadors, and attend three webinars on leadership themes led by JUNTOS staff and mentors

January-March: 2nd Quarter (sample syllabus) – research local dance and organize programming
Ambassadors are teamed up with other Ambassadors to meet twice monthly, organize at least two outreach workshops/performances with current JUNTOS partner organizations, and complete a research project and participate in international conferences and discussions

April-June: 3rd Quarter (sample syllabus) – proposals for capstone projects
Ambassadors write proposals for their final capstone projects, including a budget and fundraising plan, and execute a fundraiser

July-September: 4th Quarter – capstone projects and  future project preparations
Ambassadors will complete their capstone projects, and attend conferences to research and outline future projects that they will lead in their local communities,

Note: There will be quarterly evaluations of Ambassador performance, which will include individual meetings with the Program Director.