Ambassador Application 2017 - Deadline Jan. 6, 2017
Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Overview
Are you passionate about dairy cows and/or the dairy industry?
Looking for training opportunities to improve your leadership and communications skills?
Interested in telling the dairy farm story to consumers?
Learn more about being a Michigan Dairy Ambassador!
Continuing with program updates instituted last year, the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program offers leadership development opportunities to more future dairy professionals than ever before. All applicants (up to six in each division) will be invited to attend a day-long training on Feb. 3, 2017, the second day of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) in Frankenmuth. Attendees will be considered 2017 GLRDC Dairy Ambassadors and will be equipped with the messaging and training needed to effectively communicate with consumers, in-person and online.
A panel of industry judges will evaluate each ambassador based on his or her application, introduction and participation throughout the training to select one junior (grades 9 through 12) and one senior (college students up to age 22) dairy ambassador representative. Representatives will be the primary faces and voices of the dairy ambassador program at a variety of dairy-related educational, industry and promotional events held across the state. Ambassadors may also be called upon to fill in at events when the dairy ambassador representatives are not available.
Application Process: Those interested in the program must submit the attached application. Applicants will be invited to attend the Friday session of the GLRDC (up to six per age division). During that time, training and a program introduction will be presented to the group of applicants. Each applicant will be asked to give a 30 second to one minute personal introduction to the group and judges.
Ambassadors will be admitted to the GLRDC free of charge and should arrive at 9 a.m. and plan to leave around 9 p.m. (after the dairy ambassador representatives have been announced at the Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night banquet). Each ambassador is responsible for his/her own travel and lodging expenses in connection with the training and selection process. Ambassadors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Awards and Compensation: Scholarships will be awarded to each representative ($1,500 for senior representative, $1,000 for junior representative). Those not selected will receive a $50 per day stipend for any events they may attend at the request of the program administrators. Mileage will be reimbursed for approved travel and events. Each participant will receive a dairy ambassador polo to wear at events.
Junior and senior Michigan dairy ambassador representatives will have the following time commitments:
- Submit a quarterly written report to the GLRDC planning committee on his/her dairy promotion, leadership and education activities.
- Present awards during the Michigan Dairy Expo 4-H Awards Banquet.
- Attend the following mandatory events: MMPA Leaders’ Conference (senior only), Dairy Day at the Capitol and Breakfast on the Farm (at least one event).
- Attend the 2018 GLRDC; may be asked to make a presentation and assist with the ambassador selection process or other appropriate duties.
- Attend other events, as available, assigned by the program administrator.