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Teen Ambassadors Program

A youth program for students in grades 10 – 12

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Teen Ambassadors Program

Teen Ambassadors Program

The TEEN AMBASSADORS program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) is aimed at engaging local students in grades 10 – 12 from diverse backgrounds and high schools throughout the District of Columbia and surrounding area.

The program is an opportunity for young people to become involved in a local nonprofit organization, merging the arts and leadership development. Students will participate in training for NMAfA educational programming through the museum’s exhibitions, education collection, and online resources while expanding their behind-the-scenes knowledge of the day-to-day workings of a major museum.

The program is designed to strengthen the offerings that the museum provides by engaging youth in our unique assets – collections, experts, and cross disciplinary programming – with the hope to inspire the next generation of museum educators and professionals.


  • Introduce young adults to the nonprofit sector as a potential career option
  • Create awareness of NMAfA, its mission, collections, and exhibitions
  • Grow community by engaging, educating and inspiring teens to become part of the museum family


  • Build participants’ individual competencies and leadership abilities through training workshops, peer to peer development, and interactions with educators, curators, and the general public
  • After training, Teen Ambassadors will participate in at least one direct interaction with friends, family, and the general public for feedback
  • Teen Ambassadors will commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month beginning in Fall 2014
  • Participants will provide invaluable assistance with Art Carts, Highlight Tours, art workshops, and with younger children in many of the museum’s education programs

Teen Ambassadors will be recruited through their schools beginning June 2014. It is anticipated that many will actively participate in the program until their high school graduation in senior year. By providing positive work and skill building opportunities for young people, the program will reinforce successful college and job preparedness.

Teen Ambassadors work as volunteers for a minimum of 36 volunteer hours during the school year. Minimum time commitment is 4 hours per month for 3 consecutive months. Most volunteers work more hours over a longer period of time. These hours can be converted to community service hours required by most high schools prior to graduation.

For the inaugural Fall 2014 class of Teen Ambassadors, send completed applications ASAP. An interview appointment with the program coordinator will be scheduled for each student. At the interview your skills and interests will be discussed and students will be notified of their application status shortly thereafter.

Teen Ambassadors Application

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