Apply by January 9 to be a 2015 Michigan Dairy Ambassador!

The Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program provides youth with a professional development and scholarship opportunity.

2014 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors. Photo credit: Alex Schnabelrauch | MSU Extension

2014 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors. Photo credit: Alex Schnabelrauch | MSU Extension

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture! Through organizations like Michigan State University Extension 4-H, these future leaders learn and strengthen their knowledge and skills in areas such as animal care, science and technology, leadership and citizenship, entrepreneurship and general life skills. 4-H youth, and those as old as 22, looking to continue to refine these important skills and knowledge now also have the opportunity to do so through another program: the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program.

Thanks to program updates instituted last year, the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program now 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 daylong training in Frankenmuth on Feb. 6, 2015. This is the second day of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) and all training attendees will be considered 2015 GLRDC Dairy Ambassadors, equipped with the messaging and training needed to effectively communicate with consumers, in-person and online.

At the event, a panel of industry judges will evaluate each ambassador based on his or her application, introduction and participation throughout the training. The highest scoring individual in each category, one junior (grades 9 through 12) and one senior (college students up to age 22), will be selected as this year’s dairy ambassador representatives. These representatives will each be awarded a generous scholarship ($1,500 for the senior representative and $1,000 for the junior representative).

In addition to receiving the scholarship, selected dairy ambassador 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 in 2015. These individuals will be required to comply with the following 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: Michigan Milk Producers Association’s Leaders’ Conference (senior only), Dairy Day at the Capitol and Breakfast on the Farm (at least one event).
  • Attend the 2016 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.

Those not selected as the dairy ambassador representatives may also be called upon throughout the year to fill in at events when the dairy ambassador representatives are not available. These individuals will receive a $50 per day stipend for any events they attend at the request of the program administrators. Mileage will also be reimbursed for approved travel and events. In addition, each participant will receive dairy ambassador polo to wear at events.

Youth interested in applying for the Michigan Dairy Ambassador program should submit the application by January 9. Those accepted as ambassadors to the training 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.

To apply, submit your interest via email and include the following email attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format:

  • Completed application form. Save the file as “Filename LASTNAME_application.doc/pdf.”
  • Resume. Save the file as “Filename LASTNAME_resume.doc/pdf.”

Those selected as ambassadors will receive a follow-up letter sent to confirm the GLRDC agenda by January 16, 2015. Questions? Contact Megghan Honke at 517-884-7089 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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