Youth Ambassador Program

Calling all high schoolers with a passion for changemaking!

AIF is committed to fostering the next generation of international social impact leaders right here in the United States–as it is precisely these young minds that will further equity, inclusion, and opportunity for marginalized communities on a global scale.

As part of this mission, we offer the AIF Youth Ambassador Program (YAP)—an avenue for motivated high school students with a passion for international development and social change to help contribute to a more equitable India. Working individually or in a team of up to three, Youth Ambassadors can design and implement fundraising campaigns to support AIF’s overall mission or focus specifically on one of our award-winning programs: Digital Equalizer (DE), Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST), and Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI). In this way, they will participate in driving large-scale impact, while honing their leadership, communication, marketing, event planning, and community-engagement skills.

In addition, AIF Youth Ambassadors can work towards securing the Presidential Volunteer Service Award to recognize their outstanding volunteership and the impact they have made.

Youth Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to receive the AIF Youth Ambassador Service Award. The AIF Youth Ambassador Service Award (YASA) recognizes Youth Ambassadors who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to raise funds, foster creativity, engage with diverse audiences, and broaden networks to further AIF’s mission. To see this year’s AIF YASA recipients, please see below.

Applications are now live for our 2024-2025 YAP Cohort.

Application Deadline August 31st, 2024 11:59pm EST

Application Status Notification Date: September 15th, 2024

Length of Program: October 1st, 2024 - July 1st, 2025


The AIF Youth Ambassador Trailblazer Award
Taara Sajdeh
Armaan Dewal

The Trailblazer Award honors two exceptional fundraisers. Taara Sajdeh has been recognized as the top YAP fundraiser and Armaan Dewal has engaged the most donors. Their efforts are a reflection of their steadfast commitment to drive meaningful social change. Congratulations, Taara and Armaan!

The AIF Youth Ambassador Heart of Service Award
Demira Parekh
Madhavendra Thakur

The Heart of Service Award honors two youth ambassadors who have shown outstanding dedication and community involvement. Madhavendra Thakur and Demira Parekh have demonstrated consistent, passionate efforts in their work of raising funds and awareness for AIF’s mission. Congratulations, Madhavendra and Demira!

The AIF Youth Ambassador Innovative Spirit Award
Sahana Bawa
Kshithi Prasanna

The Innovative Spirit Award honors a YAP team who has shown exceptional creativity and innovation in their fundraising efforts. This award celebrates Freedom Flo ambassadors Sahana Bawa and Kshithi Prasanna who went above and beyond in galvanizing their community in engaging, diverse ways, including through hosting clothes thrifting events and doing outreach to local businesses to raise funds for AIF. Congratulations, Sahana and Kshithi!

Congratulations to this year’s winners! We thank you for the impact you have made on the Youth Ambassador Program.

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