About the student ambassador program
One of the best ways to learn about postsecondary education is from real current college students themselves. Having recently gone through the early stages of education, current college students posses a wealth of knowledge, a fresh perspective and the energy necessary to support, motivate and guide aspiring students.
What is the student ambassor initiative?
All In student ambassadors are out on a mission to increase the college-going culture in Brownsville high schools and are devoted to help students prepare for college and increase the number of students that enroll in postsecondary education leading to a living-wage job.
- Raise awareness
- Increase instrumental knowledge
- Guide students during the college-entry phase
- Mentor students in regards to career pathways and sustainable employment
Who are these student ambassadors?
Every student ambassador is a current UTB/TSC student, and a BISD alumni, volunteering to help underrepresented and underserved high school students advance to postsecondary education. They are active community members and involved citizens making a difference by sharing their time, individual experiences and unique perspectives. Our ambassadors are All In and fully committed to improving the quality of life in Brownsville.
What do college ambassadors do?
Small teams of three to four ALL IN student ambassadors work with a designated group of high school students interested in college who could benefit from additional assistance, access to information and mentoring. Our ambassadors conduct college talks and presentations that feature important resources and highlight solutions to critical issues many students face regarding access to postsecondary education.
Student ambassadors meet with high school groups on a weekly basis and provide key college-preparation information. Topics include but are not limited to: BISD graduation plan/GPA, efficient note taking, time management and stress and FAFSA.
Who can benefit from this student ambassador initiative?
Any BISD high school student with the desire to pursue postsecondary education is eligible to apply for mentorship. However, space is limited to 50 students per high school so counselor recommendations will be taken into consideration in order to enter the program. Students that meet the following criteria will be given priority:
- Seniors enrolled at a BISD high school
- Students with financial hardship
- Students who are first generation in their family to attend college
- Students with a GPA above 2.0 and those who indicate need for academic support
- Students with a strong expressed interest to pursue postsecondary education