Palos Heights, IL: Youth empowerment organization foreverU recently re-structured its Ambassador program, now known as the Elevate Program. The program, designed for middle school to college students, provides structured ways for students to encourage and support their struggling peers. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to become a part of the lifestyle of foreverU, furthering the mission to live louder. Found and Director Ryan Hesslau is excited about the impact the program will have:
“Based on feedback from the current youth we serve, we recognized a desire from these students to exemplify the foreverU mission in action. With this new program structure, students won’t just be part of something, because we are equipping them to do something.”
Students enrolled in the Ambassador program will have a variety of monthly initiatives organized around the three pillars of Impact, Outreach, and Peer Support. These initiatives take place on students’ own time, and are ways for them to uplift peers and serve their communities. One of April’s Impact initiative has students write post-it note encouragements to stick on peers’ lockers. Ambassadors will have opportunities to “level-up” in the organization as they complete initiatives. Ambassadors will also receive access to self-help resources and remain in close contact with the foreverU team. The new structure of the program offers students more ways to practically help their communities and further the pro-love mission of foreverU.
Written By: Becca Loenen | Writing Intern