Youth Ambassador is an annual compassionate and voluntary role for young people, and students to work with the Small Wish International Foundation. The ambassadors will be groomed through the YALT program which will help the candidates develop competency, and gain direct practical experience to enhance their capability to make a change. The training program will help trainees improve their insights on project management, and field operations, which will help them take their humanitarian passion and career further and do extraordinary things.
The Youth Ambassadors will interact with the individuals, institutions, and communities to create visibility of important causes that need support and drive youth participation to address multifaceted issues related to poverty and environmental sustainability.
Youth Action & Leadership Training (YALT)
The YALT program will provide trainees with specialized training to find scalable solutions, design good projects, test project implementation model hypotheses in a practical setting, understand and highlight where resources should or should not be directed, make more informed decisions with expert explanations, enhance project alignment with the core objects, and learn to improve project quality to bring more holistic impact. The YALT Program will serve as a space for innovation and research where the participants can work together and design thinking for innovation can directly happen. The program will allow the trainees to engage in design thinking or agile activities like brainstorming sessions, collaborative research, design sprints, or chalking up a scrum board to execute and advance on the projects.
The YALT program will help the trainees gain valuable insight into United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, understand the complexities of the 169 individual targets that are part of the 17 SDG, and improve their understanding of how global challenges such as inequality, climate change, poverty, unsustainable consumption, and production, and peace should be dealt with at each level.
In the YALT Program, the students will be exposed to important core activities of non-profit management like communications, external relations & partnership building, fundraising, and resource management. The trainees will be trained, nurtured, and groomed to initiate communications with Noted People, Good Samaritans, High Net Worth Individuals, Philanthropists, and Celebrities, engage in building partnerships, create lasting relationships with donors and stakeholders, gather needed resources, and actively participate in a wide range of fundraising events and activities of the foundation.
A student of a school/college/university after they are selected as a Youth Ambassador will receive multiple benefits including an annual honorarium, merchandise, allowances, and access to resources of the Foundation. Youth Ambassadors who render exceptional service will be awarded a Certificate of Commendation along with a letter of recommendation. Being a Youth Ambassador is a valuable and well-regarded asset in any resume/CV and can give the candidate a competitive advantage as they pursue a permanent position in the international development sector.
We only select a handful of candidates per year through a rigorous application process. The selection process includes a pre-screening of applications and a Competency Interview. Selected candidates are on-boarded in an Office-Field hybrid form. The initial training is full-time (40 hrs per week). However, some training assignments are carried out in an Office-field hybrid manner, or even remotely. Trainees working on one or several projects are entitled to stipends and allowances subject to the project and availability of funds. Notification for applications is advertised throughout the year on the website notice board.