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Project Guidelines

Who can become a Student Ambassador?

All students in Middle & High School. Students must live in or attend school in the following districts: Amery, Hudson, Mahtomedi, New Richmond, Stillwater, Somerset, or White Bear Lake. Students from public, private, charter, and home schools within these areas are eligible to apply.​ Applications can come from individuals or teams of up to 5 students.

All Student Ambassador teams must have at least 1 adult project advisor. Advisor must be at least 21 years of age and available to offer guidance to your team on a regular basis. Parents, teachers, coaches, youth group leaders, or other interested adults make great advisors! If you need help finding an advisor, please contact Kristen Wanta,​.

What types of projects can Student Ambassadors complete?

With the application, teams must submit a project idea that promotes and supports at least one area of the PowerUp Countdown​. The PowerUp Countdown messages are:

How much can Student Ambassador teams request from PowerUp?

Budget requests from PowerUp should not exceed $500. Don't forget about other sources of funding that can help support your project!​​ ​

What other obligations do Student Ambassadors have?

Student Ambassadors will agree to:

  • Participate in a PowerUp Ambassador Training (1-2 hours)
  • Complete their project on time and showcase it to the community during PowerUp Week (May 5-10)
  • Volunteer 8-10 hours for PowerUp programs and events
  • The terms and conditions in the Student Ambassador Agreement
  • Have fun and share the PowerUp message with others!


2019 Student Ambassador program timeline​:

  • 1/18/2019: Applications due
  • 1/25/2019: Top Student Ambassador team projects selected and notified
  • 1/31/2019: All teams Kick-Off meeting with PowerUp staff
  • 2/1/2019-5/1/2019: Project work time*
  • 5/3/2019: Projects must be completed
  • 5/6-5/10/2019: PowerUp for Kids Week (Student Ambassador Showcase)

*Monthly check-in meetings will be scheduled with individual teams and a PowerUp staff member​

Project examples:

Not sure how to help your school or community? Some ideas include:

  • Improve access to free/low cost ways to be physically active
  • Provide more opportunities for less competitive sports
  • Find ways to make eating better more exciting
  • Help reduce the amount of sugary beverages offered to kids and families
  • Help get better food/drink options available at community events and/or vending machines
  • Find more walkable and bikable routes or trails around school
  • Help incorporate more physical activity during the school day

Previous Student Ambassador Projects:​


 If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wanta at