Ambassador Leadership Program

Say Yes Buffalo is looking for current college students to join our Ambassador Program for the 2018-19 cohort!


The Say Yes Ambassadors (SYAs) are a select group of college students dedicated to the positive promotion of Say Yes Buffalo within their community.  These volunteers will serve as liaisons between Say Yes Buffalo and students, families, higher education, Buffalo public and charter schools, donors, and other key stakeholders in the Say Yes partnership.  They will participate in Say Yes events throughout the year, serve as guest speakers and greeters, and help educate the community at large about the mission of Say Yes.

As part of their commitment to the SYA program, students will have the opportunity to develop and receive training in professional communication, public relations, interpersonal and networking skills, and exposure to the higher education, internship and career opportunities.

Students selected for the program are expected to make an eight-month commitment. Upon completion of the program, students will be considered an Ambassador Alumni and are encouraged to maintain involvement through attending one workshop per year, speaking engagements, and participating in the community service project.

SYAs may participate in the following events and activities:

  • Community Leadership Council meeting (3 times/year)
  • Angel Donor Breakfast (3 times/year)
  • Say Yes Scholar College Kickoff scheduled for June 2019
  • Donor/Scholar Thank You event
  • Say Yes workshops
  • Scholarship fairs
  • Writing letters and thank you notes to donors
  • Making telephone calls to donors
  • Additional events, such as promotional events, donor dinners/cocktail parties, etc.
  • Community events, such as Juneteenth, the Puerto Rican Day parade, etc.
  • Office volunteer work as needed



  • Enhance communication and public speaking skills
  • Networking opportunities
  • Leadership experience
  • Skill-building for resume enhancement
  • All transportation costs covered – NFTA tokens available
  • Say Yes name tags, business cards, and assessment tool at beginning of program
  • Personalized padfolio, Say Yes merchandise, and gift card upon program completion




  1. Volunteer for a minimum of 3 events per year (MANDATORY)
  2. Participate in at least 6 professional workshops to be held the second Thursday of each month from October through June, except for May, at the Say Yes Office (MANDATORY)
  3. Assist with recruitment of additional Say Yes Ambassadors for next cohort
  4. Serve as a positive role model in the community and on student’s college campus
  5. Help foster Say Yes’s positive reputation in and around the City of Buffalo
  6. Develop and complete group community service project to be held in June
  7. Arrive on time to workshops


  1. Must be Say Yes eligible and enrolled at a Say Yes partner college
  2. Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  3. Be in good standing at your college and passing all classes
  4. Have a willingness to share your story in front of large audiences
  5. Positive attitude
  6. Excellent communication skills
  7. Knowledge of Say Yes Buffalo scholarship and services a plus!




To be considered for the program, candidates must submit the SYA application, below.  Included with the application, students must also submit a copy of their most recent transcript, course schedule and a recommendation form completed by a faculty member or employer.

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For information, contact Johanna Caplan at jcaplan@sayyestoeducation.org or Stephanie Peete at speete@sayyestoeducation.org, Internship & Career Pathways Program Supervisors.


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