The Heart of Advocacy: Parent Ambassadors
PARENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The heart and soul of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and Child First (CF) have always been the amazing parents who participate in this program. The Parent Ambassador (PA) program utilizes the voices of parents by equipping them with the training and support needed to be leaders in their community and advocate on behalf of NFP and CF families.
What is the purpose of the Parent Ambassador Program?
The PA program focuses on three priority areas:
⦁ Supporting NFP and CF advocacy efforts (Local, State and National levels)
⦁ Sharing NFP and CF parent success stories
⦁ Increasing awareness about NFP and CF
We are looking for candidates who are comfortable with public speaking, interested in public policy and government and have experience and/or want to learn about maternal and child health.
Parent Ambassador objectives
⦁ Serve as a dedicated parent advocate to help increase the visibility, accessibility, and sustainability of the NFP and CF programs nationwide
⦁ Ensure that the perspectives and contributions of parents and alumni inform advocacy and other activities at all levels of NFP and CF, including Community Advisory Boards and State Advisory Boards
⦁ Boost NFP and CF social media activities by sharing your NFP experiences and success stories
⦁ Help recruit and engage current parents and alumni to get involved in advocacy and other activities
Parent Ambassador eligibility
⦁ Must be an NFP graduate or Child First participant aged 21+ with a success story of how the program improved their and their child’s lives
⦁ Must be willing to tell your personal NFP or CF story to diverse audiences and through various channels (social media, website, print, media, etc.)
⦁ Must be passionate about advocacy, community organizing, or serving families with limited financial resources
⦁ Must be willing to commit two years of service with regular activity requests that may include additional travel – travel costs will be covered
Benefits of the Parent Ambassador program
⦁ First-year national advocacy training events held in Denver, CO and Washington, DC, all expenses paid
⦁ Learn more about the public policy arena and become confident advocates
⦁ Opportunity to serve as a volunteer advocate for a national organization considered the gold standard in evidence-based home visiting and an organization that is evidence-based and a two-generation model
⦁ Opportunity to influence local, state and federal policies for maternal-child health and families with limited financial resources
⦁ Learn skills to serve as a bridge between families, local service agencies, policymakers, funders and communities
⦁ Strengthen resume and develop a national professional network that could help advance a career in policy and government affairs, maternal-child health or other related fields
⦁ Gain national recognition for their dedication to the program by the National Service Office of Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First
Next Recruitment Date: Spring 2023!