The Texas Civic Ambassadors Program prepares students to be civically active leaders through nonpartisan, youth-focused events and civic learning opportunities. During their year of service, each ambassador supports the Institute's mission of enhancing civic life in Texas. The program arms students with the knowledge and tools necessary for carrying out these initiatives through multi-day training, workshops, and mentorship.
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. Applications for the 2023 - 2024 Texas Civic Ambassador cohort will open in January 2023.
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 be asked to identify a faculty or staff member on their campus who will serve as their mentor throughout their year of service to help advise on plans for outreach activities and events on their campus.
Are you 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 be offered free admission to all institute events during their year of service, including our annual Campaign Bootcamp and VIP access to the Institute’s annual fundraising dinner, Great Conversations, statewide Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fairs, and special guest lectures. Ambassadors will also receive free admission to the Texas Tribune Festival.
As a cohort, Ambassadors will apply what they’ve learned and work to make a positive difference in their communities. Participants are tasked with identifying ways to enhance civic life and developing an independent civic outreach project that addresses a community issue. Ambassadors will become leaders and innovators in driving the way we share information and engage every-day citizens in the vital work of self-governance.