The Texas Civic Ambassadors Program prepares students across the state to be civically active leaders through nonpartisan, youth-focused events and civic learning opportunities.
Civic Learning Opportunities
Ambassadors will have an exclusive opportunity to attend the TCA Leadership Summit in the fall of their service year at The University of Texas at Austin. Participants will learn from experts and researchers in the fields of leadership development, politics, community engagement, communication, and civic education. The application for the 2023 – 2024 TCA cohort is now officially closed. The selection announcement is planned for this June. We will notify all applicants regarding their application status via email.
Ambassadors will be supported by a strong network of Annette Strauss Institute researchers, political professionals, advisory council members, program staff, and cohort members. Additionally, participants will identify a faculty or staff member on their campus to serve as their mentor throughout their year of service, advising on plans for outreach activities and events.
If you are a Dean, professor, advisor, administrator, current Ambassador, or New Politics Forum alumni, you are eligible to nominate a student for the Texas Civic Ambassador Program.
Nonpartisan, youth-focused events
Texas Civic Ambassadors will receive free admission to all institute events during their year of service, including Campaign Bootcamp, VIP access to the Institute’s annual fundraising dinner, Great Conversations, statewide Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fairs, special guest lectures, and the Texas Tribune Festival.
As a cohort, Ambassadors will work to make a positive difference in their communities by identifying ways to enhance civic life and developing an independent civic outreach project that addresses a community issue. Participants will become leaders and innovators, driving the way we share information and engage every-day citizens in the vital work of self-governance.