By Michelle Spitzer
Applications are being accepted for Parkland’s new Youth Ambassador Program designed for high school students interested in public service as a career.
The one-year program is open to Parkland residents who will be juniors in the 2022-2023 school year. Ambassadors will receive a $2,500 scholarship upon completion of the program.
Candidates need a minimum GPA of 3.0 and will need to write a minimum 300-word essay detailing the impact and importance of local government on the social fabric of the Parkland community. Letters of recommendation also are part of the application process.
Just five students will be accepted into the program. Their responsibilities will be to act as liaisons and discuss youth-related issues that impact the community and its schools while learning and participating in local municipal government. They will have the chance to work with the mayor, city commissioners, and the city manager.
During the program, students will have the opportunity to receive ten community service hours per month. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 25.
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- Michelle Spitzer grew up in Coral Springs, attending Westchester Elementary, Ramblewood Middle, and J.P. Taravella High. She attended the University of Florida and has been a journalist for nearly two decades. As a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and USA Today, she’s covered everything from U.S. Presidents to shuttle launches to Jamie Foxx’s New Year’s Eve party.
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