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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 East Metro, St. Croix Valley, or Western Wisconsin. 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 site-specific adult advisor. Advisors must be at least 21 years of age and available to offer guidance to your team on a regular basis. If you need help finding an advisor, please contact Kristen Wanta,

What types of projects can Student Ambassadors complete?

There are many different opportunities! Projects should be related to health and wellness, and promote eating better, moving more, or feeling good. The PowerUp Countdown messages are a good place to start if you are unsure. If your team is passionate about eating better, moving more and feeling good, but still 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 your team with up to $500 to help complete the project. Don't forget about other sources of funding that can help support your project, too!

In addition, each Student Ambassador team will receive a PowerUp Teen Mentor from the PowerUp Teen Leadership Council to help guide them and their advisor through project planning and implementation. The teen mentor will meet with your team regularly to provide support, ideas, guidance, and encouragement.


What is the Student Ambassador commitment?? 

 Program Timeline:

  • February 10, 2020: Applications due
  • February 17, 2020: Accepted Student Ambassador projects are notified
  • March 1, 2020: Student Ambassador Kick-Off meeting with PowerUp Teen Mentors
  • March 1-May 3, 2020: Project work time and monthly meetings with PowerUp Teen Mentor
  • May 3, 2020: Projects must be completed
  • May 4-10, 2020: PowerUp Week (Student Ambassador Showcase), Date TBD

What are the Student Ambassadors Expectations?

  • Attend the PowerUp Student Ambassador Kick-off Meeting
  • Meet (in-person or virtually) with teen mentor on a monthly basis (or more often, as needed)
  • Develop and Implement a project that promotes eating better, moving more, or feeling good
  • Showcase project to the community during PowerUp Week (May 3-10)
  • 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