Virginia Excels’ Youth Ambassador Program is an intensive training program to equip, engage and empower students to become active participants in education policy making decisions in their district and state. During this 12 month-fellowship, students will accomplish the following: 

•     Develop leadership, public speaking and advocacy skills by meeting with policymakers

•     Conduct a listening tour about education among their peers and communities throughout Virginia

•     Develop viable policy initiatives that addresses one issue that was presented during the listening tour (these solutions will have action steps for both local and state government)

•     Learn how to build and sustain effective coalitions

•     Be inspired to become long-term, productive, citizens


The purpose of YAP is to provide students with the tools and capabilities to improve education policy that directly affects them and their classmates. The objective is to prioritize the student by elevating their voices to their maximum potential – training them to draft and push effective education policy reform.


Currently in grades 9-11

An interest in improving education for all children
Passion for advocacy
Eagerness to learn while doing 


-80%+ attendance at all scheduled meetings. Meetings will be held monthly, for one year
-Completion of monthly assessments
-Participation in at least four (4) community events not hosted by Virginia Excels (School Board meetings, local community meetings, PTA meeting, etc.)

Applications will open soon!