Leadership learning Group for Teens & Adults

DSACT Ambassadors are 16-35 year-old DSACT members who form a leadership group in the Central Texas community. DSACT Ambassadors serve as role models and leaders in the Down syndrome community, perhaps especially for the younger DSACT members.

The Ambassador program is built on four pillars: Socialization, Employment, Community Service, and Life:

Socialization: Twice per year, DSACT staff meet with Ambassadors to discuss Ambassadors’ interests in workshop topics, work-shadow opportunities, and volunteer activities. These meetings focus not only on the upcoming activity, but help to elicit and improve discussion, team-work, and decision-making skills.

Employment: Twice per year, Ambassadors “shadow” working people in the community to gain an understanding of local companies and groups with employment opportunities. These shadow opportunities may be full-day commitments during the workweek, with time for tours and question-and-answer sessions. There may also be the opportunity to meet with other DSACT members who are employed, to discuss those members’ career paths. The goal of the Employment pillar is to introduce Ambassadors to career paths that may fit their interests. (For an Ambassador currently enrolled in school during the week, other options will be discussed if the Ambassador us unable to attend a workweek shadowing opportunity.)

Community Service: Ambassadors work with DSACT staff to plan and participate in community service activities outside of and including DSACT events. Dates for the activities are planned well in advance and decided upon by Ambassadors, ensuring full participation. There are four mandatory volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The goals of the Community Service pillar are to promote professional experience, gain self-confidence, strengthen the community, and encourage civic responsibility.  

Life: Ambassadors work with DSACT staff to plan two workshops on topics such as budgeting, mental wellness, and self- and home-care.

The Ambassador program is a rigorous one-year opportunity with an expected time commitment of two hours per month engaged in activities outside the home. Ambassadors are encouraged to reapply to the program year after year. There are local Central-Texas area travel requirements, at each Ambassador's expense. Those interested and able to commit to the program’s requirements are encouraged to apply. Please direct all questions to Laura Whitekettle, DSACT Operations Coordinator, at laura.whitekettle@dsact.org, or (512) 323-0808.

What is a DSACT Ambassador?

Ambassadors have mature, friendly behavior with the ability to greet others verbally or through other means. They are able to work at a social event without parent supervision and with some adult supervision. They are well-groomed and serve as role models in the Down syndrome community, and as ambassadors to the Central Texas community. They are expected to form and promote a Buddy Walk team to raise funds for DSACT.

DSACT Ambassadors participate in twice yearly planning meetings, work shadow opportunities in the community, and DSACT-sponsored workshops with professionals from the community; as well as commit to at least four community service events per year, as described above.

DSACT anticipates that this will be an experience of growth, responsibility, and leadership for every Ambassador.

apply for the 2018 Ambassador program

The full 2018 Ambassador program application is now open. Use the button below to submit your application. Applications will be due by Friday, December 8. DSACT staff will review all applications from December 11 - December 15, and notify all applicants of the decision the following week.