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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 Student Ambassador application, teams share their initial ideas to promote and support at least one area of the PowerUp Countdown​. If your team is passionate about eating better and moving more, but unsure about a specific project, that is okay! Complete as many details on the application as possible. The PowerUp Countdown messages are:

What do Student Ambassador teams receive from PowerUp? 

PowerUp provides up to $500 to help complete the project. Don't forget about other sources of funding that can help support your project!​​ ​

In addition, each Student Ambassador team will receive a PowerUp Coach to help guide them and their advisor through the project planning and implementation. The PowerUp Coach will meet with the team regularly to provide support, ideas, guidance, and encouragement.


What is the Student Ambassador commitment​? 

 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 Coach
  • 2/1/2019-5/1/2019: Project work time and monthly meetings with PowerUp Coach
  • 5/3/2019: Projects must be completed
  • 5/6-5/10/2019: PowerUp for Kids Week (Student Ambassador Showcase)

Student Ambassadors agree to:

  • Participate in a PowerUp Ambassador Training (1 hour maximum)
  • 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 event
  • Have fun and share the PowerUp message with others!


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