May 23, 2018 -- Bay Minette, AL
The North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassador Program has helped create a bridge between students and the community. Students are exposed to business in North Baldwin, community service and working in the nonprofit world. The goal of the program is to offer an additional learning opportunity for students outside of the classroom, exposing them to real life examples, and to further prepare them for life after graduating from High School.
"Our hope is that through this program our students learn to be good citizens and have a better understanding of civic responsibility," said Ashley Jones Davis, Executive Director of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, "this is one of my favorite programs of the Chamber. Watching these students learn and grow is amazing and I can't wait to see what their futures hold."
These students serve as chamber ambassadors inside the school by teaching and relaying information to fellow students. Not only does it connect students to the community, but the community to the students. Throughout the Junior Ambassador program these students have learned about the Chamber of Commerce, city and county government, the importance of community service and so much more. They earned points throughout the year and worked mandatory hours at major events.
Senior Ambassadors have the opportunity to apply for scholarships from the chamber during the spring of their senior year. This year the North Baldwin Chamber awarded the following scholarships to their graduating seniors in the Junior Ambassador Program:
Left to Right: Sydney Stewart recieved $500, Tiffany Johnson received $1,000, and Jessica Hilliker recieved $500
In addition to Sydney, Tiffany and Jessica, 7 current Juniors also graduated from the program, the Junior Ambassador Graduating class of 2018 included the following students:
Front L to R: Tiffany Jonson (senior), Emma Franklin (junior), Courtney Stewart (junior), Jessica Hilliker (senior), Mose Franklin (junior)
Back L to R: Nicholas Hadley (junior), Isabella Eleogo (junior), Sydney Stewart (senior), Sawyer McCullough (junior), Will Brooks (junior)
The seven Junior Ambassadors that are juniors at Baldwin County High School will be returning to complete a second year in the program, along with five additional students who were recently selected to join the program, for a total of 12 members of the 2018-2019 Class of Junior Ambassadors.
L to R: Tanner Smith (rising junior), Mary-Stuart Lewis (rising junior), Landon Jones (rising Junior),
Olivia Lamb (rising junior) and Holly Bates (rising senior).
"The North Baldwin Chamber is looking forward to working with this wonderful group of 12 young leaders over the next year," said Jones-Davis, "they will all be wonderful representives for the North Baldwin Community."