How Goodwill Ambassadors make an impact on NGO?

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Goodwill Ambassador, as the term suggests, is a person who advocates for a specific organisation or cause. They are mostly associated with causes or fields that promote welfare and development of the community at large.

Many NGOs – national and international – appoint Goodwill Ambassadors as a means to spread awareness and gather support for their respective causes. The work spheres of the appointed Goodwill Ambassadors are generally related to the cause of the NGOs or they genuinely feel for the cause. For example: if an NGO caters to the development of sports among not-so-privileged children then they will appoint a popular sportsman of the country as their Goodwill Ambassador.

Similarly, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal charity in India has appointed Goodwill Ambassadors to promote their cause of supporting education of children by providing school lunch. Here is a list of Ambassadors who are supporting Akshaya Patra by spreading awareness and getting involved with the Foundation’s cause:

Sanjeev-Kapoor

Sanjeev Kapoor – A celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur, Sanjeev Kapoor has been closely associated with Akshaya Patra. He has not only helped in raising funds during his visit to the US, but also participated and supervised cooking of 918 kgs of khichdi along with Akshaya Patra to set the world record.

Divya-Sathyaraj

Divya Sathyaraj – A professional nutritionist, Divya Sathyaraj has immense experience in working with children to improve their nutritional levels. She has also worked with children in refugee camps and has been associated with many NGOs.

Chef-Ramasamy-Selavaraju

Chef Ramasamy Selavaraju – Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju of Vivanta By Taj, Bengaluru, is a celebrated name in the world of culinary. He has been associated with Akshaya Patra for the past four years and have mentored seven ambitious beneficiaries of the NGO who dreams to make it big in the culinary world.

Shankar-Mahadevan

Shankar Mahadevan – A reputed composer and playback singer had composed a song to mark the Foundation’s one billionth meal celebration.

Impact of Goodwill Ambassadors

Be it a top NGO like Akshaya Patra or any other NGO, Goodwill Ambassadors potentially increase the NGO’s connectivity with the audience. In many ways, they amplify the role of NGOs by affirming that despite diversity in the nature of work, each NGO constructively contribute to the upliftment of the society. Depending on the popularity, people start associating a charity with the Goodwill Ambassador. Thus, Goodwill Ambassadors help charities gain visibility, reliability, and support for their respective causes.

Ambassador Program at Akshaya Patra

Campus Ambassador

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India and an implementing arm of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Mid-Day Meal Scheme is a Government of India’s initiative to provide cooked meals as lunch to children of government and government-aided schools. The Foundation has been in the service of providing freshly cooked healthy meals to children since 2000. It has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme and as a top NGO in India. Over the past 17 years, Akshaya Patra has observed significant impact of mid-day meals on the health and education of children. Hence, strives to extend the reach of the Scheme to millions of more children by involving the entire community.

Youth Ambassador Program is one of many ways to encourage community participation, especially, the youth. Through this program, Akshaya Patra provides a platform for and encourages youth to get involved with the cause of providing nutritious food to children and support their education. The chosen Ambassadors will work as a representative of Akshaya Patra and promote the NGO’s cause in their network of associates – either through digital platforms or conventional platforms like hosting awareness drives and campaigns to increase visibility of Akshaya Patra’s realm of work, achievements and milestones.

Role of a Youth Ambassador

As a Youth Ambassador, you will be responsible for:

  • Promoting Akshaya Patra’s recent happenings as provided by the Foundation;
  • Conducting promotions about the Foundation’s cause with prior permission from the NGO;
  • Referring or asking your friends and colleagues to promote and share Akshaya Patra’s cause on their social media networks; and
  • Writing as a guest blogger for the NGO’s official blog.

At no point, the Ambassador must conduct any donation drive or do any negative promotion about Akshaya Patra.

Benefits of Youth Ambassador Program

The Youth or the Campus Ambassador Program has a dual benefit. It is a win-win for the Ambassador and the NGO.

For the Ambassador – The Ambassador gets the opportunity to work for a noble cause, participate in nation-building while also getting a chance to widen his sphere of influence. They will get an opportunity to work in live projects that will help them to develop new set of skills and get exposed to multiple roles. The Ambassadors will be provided training in their field of interest by experts and will be oriented about the complete programme, its implication and its operations. They will have the opportunity to visit Akshaya Patra kitchens, beneficiary schools and children based on their preferred location. Upon achieving the responsibilities, Akshaya Patra will offer him/her with a Youth Ambassador Certificate. Extraordinary efforts will be recognised with prizes such as brand vouchers from Big Bazaar, Airtel (free top ups), Shoppers Stop, and the like. Ambassadors will receive free tickets or passes for the events organised by Akshaya Patra.

For Akshaya Patra – The NGO will get visibility thereby upping its chances of receiving support from the community. An increase in community support will help the Foundation to expand the benefits of the programme to more children from its current 1.7 million beneficiaries. It will help the Foundation to achieve its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020. The support from the community will directly impact the health and education of children across India in an everlasting way.

Sign up as a Youth Ambassador

To be recognised as the Youth Ambassador of the top NGO in India, all you need to do is sign up and apply for the ambassador’s position based on your line of interest such as social networking, blogging, data collection, content writing, and the like. Once you submit the filled form, Akshaya Patra will review it and upon fulfilment of all the eligibility criterions, you will be taken on board as a Youth Ambassador or a Campus Ambassador.

Go ahead, grab the opportunity to set an example for the youth and transform lives of children. Sign up for Akshaya Patra’s Campus Ambassador Program.