Horizon Leadership Ambassador Program

The purpose of the Horizon Leadership Ambassador program is to provide an opportunity for Youth, Young Adults and Young Couples, selected to represent their state at a National Grange convention, to build their leadership
potential; broaden their view of the Grange by experiencing a National Convention; receive educational training to use in their own states; and build relationships with Grangers throughout the nation by having fun.

The National Grange Horizon Leadership Ambassador program is an opportunity for youth selected by their state to participate in activities as guests of The Grange Foundation, Youth Leadership Fund.

The National Grange will provide scholarship assistance toward room and meal costs at the National Grange convention for Horizon Leadership Ambassador program.

HORIZON LEADERSHIP AMBASSADOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
Deadline: September 1, 2017

Each state may send two youth (one male, one female) and/or one young couple who meet the following criteria:

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Youth ambassadors must be 16-21 years of age, have observed their 16th birthday, but not their 22nd birthday by December 31 of the year they attend the National session. These individuals must also be single, never been married, have children and must not marry and/or have children during term of service. If under 18, must have parent’s consent.
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Young Couples must be between the ages of 18-35, have observed their 18th birthday, but not their 36th birthday by December 31 of the year they attend national session.
3.
Ambassadors/ Young Couples must have been a Grange member for a minimum of one year.
4.
Previous State Ambassadors/ Young Couples who have participated in this program at the National Grange Convention are not eligible. Exception: Young Couples who are former Youth Ambassadors are eligible to participate.
5.
Ambassadors/ Young Couples must meet their state’s requirements.
6.
Ambassadors/ Young Couples must be able to attend the National convention to represent their state during Youth activities days. (Wednesday evening thru Saturday). The Ambassadors/ Young Couple must complete three seals in the Oliver Hudson Kelly Achievement Award. They must also complete one of the John Thompson Ritual Achievement Awards.
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Ambassadors/ Young Couples must also complete the requirements for a minimum of 2 seals of any of the other achievement awards between September 1 of the previous year and by October 15 of the current year.
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Ambassadors/ Young Couples must attend a regional youth conference in the past two years before national session.
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Each Horizon Leadership Ambassador/ Young Couple will be expected to complete a Grange Trivia Challenge with a score of at least 80% prior to attending the convention. Trivia Challenge must be returned to the National Director by October 15 of the current year.
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Official Application form must be completed and postmarked by September 1. Send to the National Grange Youth Development Director. Which includes a summary of your Grange activities in the following areas: Fellowship, Activities, Recognition, Fun, Leadership, Service, and membership.
11.
The following letters of recommendation are to be sent with the application:
  1. Subordinate Grange (preferably Master or Secretary)
  2. State Master
  3. State Youth Director (if applicable)
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Horizon Leadership youth ambassadors will be housed together at the National Grange Convention with up to three other official participants per room.
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Young Couples will be housed in the same area.
14. Horizon Leadership Ambassadors/ Young Couples will be recognized at the National Convention during the Evening of Excellence.
15. Ambassadors/ Young Couples or individual states are responsible for their own transportation and convention registration fee.
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The Grange Foundation Youth Leadership fund will provide each ambassador with the following tickets:
  1. Tour
  2. Pizza Party
  3. Banquet
  4. Invitation to A.O.L.E./G.R.O.W. Club Dinner
17. Any participant who fails to comply with the guidelines set up will be expected to pay their own expenses.

 

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