American Bazaar: WASHINGTON, DC: Akshaya Patra USA has launched Youth Ambassadors, an elite voluntary youth program for high school students in the US.
Akshaya Patra USA is the US branch of a charitable organization in India that provides nutritious school meals to more than 1.4 million children in India’s government schools, said a press release issued by the organization.
Akshaya Patra’s Youth Ambassador program is actively recruiting ambitious young people from across the US to act as representatives for the organization in their communities.
The Youth Ambassadors program will support Akshaya Patra USA fundraising and awareness efforts and offers a unique opportunity for high school students to build leadership, networking, and public presentation skills while improving the lives of children in India.
Youth Ambassadors will receive training in public speaking, outreach and donor engagement and get tools, presentations and mentors to support them as they achieve their goal of raising $1800 in donor pledges, the release said.
Graduating Ambassadors will be invited to attend a Graduation Summit with VIP guests, notable speakers, and community leaders and will have the option to go on a service trip to volunteer with Akshaya Patra India. The deadline to apply to the program is June 30th, 2014.
Akshaya Patra runs one of the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programs and serves children in 10,600 schools across India. The meals have contributed to increased enrollment, lower attrition rates, and better student health and academic performance in the schools it serves.
Cost-effective technology in food preparation and partnerships with the state and federal governments of India, allow Akshaya Patra to one child with meals for a year for just $15, according to the release.
Akshaya Patra USA provides vital funding and helps to create greater awareness of the organization’s work in India.