The California Community College Student Ambassador program trains California Community College students to serve as on-campus advocates, educating peers, faculty, staff, and the community about programs and resources available to support student success. Student Ambassadors build awareness of important resources through peer-to-peer outreach activities, both virtually and in person. In collaboration with participating colleges, the Foundation provides Ambassadors with outreach materials, ongoing training, leadership development skills, and community engagement strategies to help promote available resources that can increase student success.
The Student Ambassador model empowers student leaders to perform peer-to-peer outreach to promote important programs and resources and reduce stigma. Ambassadors leverage resources and training to help address equity gaps in student services. Examples of outreach include webinars, class presentations, partnering with student clubs and organizations, collaborating with faculty, staff, and administration, one-on-one engagement with students, and utilizing social media and other digital tools to raise awareness of resources for students. Student Ambassadors build skills in community outreach, public speaking, understanding how to access resources, navigating complicated systems, and community advocacy. These skills and experiences will help prepare them to enter the workforce. Student Ambassador programs also provide a paid opportunity for students to develop as campus and community leaders, addressing equity gaps within their community and using these skills to create further change. Peer-to-peer outreach continues to be one of the most powerful avenues to bring critical resources to those who need them most.