Intern, U.S. Youth Ambassador Initiative

Washington D.C.
Part Time
We are looking for someone with high interpersonal skills and task-oriented to support a dynamic team of youth leaders.

Full description

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Department: Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics North America
Location: Remote
Date and Length of Role: August 2022 - June 2023 / Approx. 20 hours per week


Organization Summary:
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (UCS) is an education-based strategy for schools Pre-K through university that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement. UCS offers youth leaders with and without disabilities many engaging activations and opportunities to cultivate their leadership skills and grow their inclusive mindset.

One of the many ways SONA UCS engages youth leaders is through the U.S. Youth Ambassador initiative. Up to 18 Unified Pairs represent their State Programs at the national level during a two-year term. The three major focus areas of their position include advocacy & storytelling, advisory & input, and professional development. U.S. Youth Ambassadors work directly with Special Olympics North America staff on projects where their voice is heard and valued. In addition to their projects, all U.S. Youth Ambassadors have up to three opportunities a year to travel and meet each other in person.


What We Are Looking For:
For this role, we are looking for someone with high interpersonal skills and task-oriented to support a dynamic team of youth leaders. The ideal candidate enjoys developing relationships with young people and supports their role as a Youth Ambassador while also balancing life as a young person in the world. This ideal candidate would thrive on taking projects from conception to execution and have the maturity and flexibility to work successfully with a variety of individuals. Strong communication and organization skills are critical to the success of this role.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support SONA’s U.S. Youth Ambassador Initiative
  • Develop relationships with U.S. Youth Ambassadors and mentors
  • Support the planning of monthly meetings and attend
  • Lead project activations from conception to execution
  • Work collaboratively with internal SONA teams to manage activations
  • Assist in the planning and execution of up to three in-person events, which includes travel
  • Support the U.S. Youth Ambassador alumni network

Administrative Duties

  • Manage direct communication streams such as U.S. Youth Ambassador Google Classroom, GroupMe, and Bi-Weekly Newsletter
  • Track and manage U.S. Youth Ambassador and mentor general information such as contact information, mailing addresses, clothing sizes, etc.
  • Assist with any supply ordering processes and ship as needed
  • Maintain U.S. Youth Ambassador administrative needs (following deadlines, tracking activations, etc.)
  • Duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 and video conferencing software (Zoom, GroupMe, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with individuals from a range of cultures, ages, abilities, and professional/personal backgrounds
  • Ability to work well independently in a fully remote setting
  • Interest in disability, inclusion, youth leadership, & professional development
  • Knowledge of Inclusive Youth Leadership, Unified Champion Schools, and Unified Generation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current college student interested in education, human development, youth studies, or communications

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