How will you stay in touch with me?
Once you’ve filled in your Expression of Interest form, you’ll get an email with some more information about being an Ambassador.
From there, we will invite you to an induction, where you can hear about your role and opportunities in more depth and ask any questions about your preferred challenges.
We will send you email updates, so you can find out how our campaigns are progressing internally, and how your work is contributing to our success.
You will also be invited to our bi-annual Challenge Programme events so that you can get a greater feel for the work that we do, and meet with and celebrate the achievements of our young people.
You will also be able to engage in our learning experiences with young people, either as a volunteer, or spectator, such as our pre-placement sessions, and mentoring club.
How will you support me with my challenges?
We will talk you through the challenges at the induction, and depending on the challenge, some will have more support from our team than others. After your induction, we will have a designated point of contact for you, in case you have any further questions or concerns. We will also set up a WhatsApp group for you, along with your fellow Ambassadors, so that you can discuss any questions.
More specific guidance on support for each challenge is as follows:
We will send you some ideas on how you could fundraise, along with some tips on how to make the most out of your challenge.
Once you have decided on what you want to do for your fundraising challenge, we’ll also set you up an appeal on our Local Giving page and we will promote what you’re doing on our social media platforms.
We will send you our details for donations on a headed letter.
You can send any referrals of young people to our Engagement Lead, Pravanya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Challenge Programme Lead, Zoe oversees the Mentoring Programme and will take mentors through a separate induction.
At your induction, we will talk you through some of the lifeshops (aka workshops) that we already hold, to give you an idea of where you could potentially offer support to young people.
From there, you will be able to arrange a time for your learning experience with your primary contact.
We always welcome ideas for potential new learning experiences, but please note that any new workshops would need to fit into the existing calendar and accrue overhead costs to deliver.
Introducing new supporters
You can pass on all new potential supporters to your main contact at Babbasa, who will endeavour to get in touch with them as quickly as possible.
Can I guarantee that I’ll get to do my preferred challenges?
We will try our very best to make sure that you are able to do all of your preferred challenges, however, this isn’t always guaranteed.
Some challenges, such as donations, referrals, and fundraising, can definitely be guaranteed, as they are primarily done in your own time, and require minimal direct support from Babbasa.
In the case of work that’s done directly with young people, and which requires heavy staff involvement, such as workshops and mentoring; services are provided on a needs-first basis.
This means that we prioritise workshops and mentoring matches which are of the most benefit to our young people, and which respond to an immediate need/s.
Workshops – The workshops are likely to be once a month (but will likely increase down the line)
Occasionally we would consider a bespoke workshop in line with the skills of the Ambassador. However, setting up a dedicated workshop will normally attract additional costs.
Involvement in workshops, will typically be in pre-placement workshops, which support young people to develop their soft skills and improve their CVs and cover letters ahead of an application, interview, or placement.
Mentoring – We have young people on our mentoring list with a variety of different interests and aspirations, so we are often able to make a match with a professional. However, this does not always happen right away, and the speed of finding a suitable young person will vary depending on the industry and characteristics of the professional. We try to make sure that these are both similar to those of the young person, before making a match.
What if my preferred challenge isn’t available right away?
Mentoring and conducting a learning experience are the only two challenges, which you would be unable to take part in right away.
Mentoring – If you don’t get a mentoring match right away, we recommend that you stay on our mentoring list.
Our Engagement Team will see the skills on offer from you and will regularly check to see if there is a good match for you, as we engage with new young people.
If you are happy to be added to the WhatsApp platform and newsletter, you will pick up other opportunities to support young people.
In the meantime, you are welcome to attend one of our pre-placement sessions to understand the existing engagement we have with young people, and to get a feel for the questions that young people typically ask.
Learning Experience – Our pre-placement sessions run on a rolling monthly basis, and are likely to increase in frequency in the future.
This means that throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities for you to potential support young people at one of our workshops.
There will also be more ad hoc opportunities to get involved in virtual workshops, and share your knowledge, which will be shared via WhatsApp and in our newsletter.
Will you monitor my progress?
We will check in at two different stages after your induction to see how you’re progressing.
There will be Bi-annual and end of year reviews. This is very much a two-way process and is designed to get a feel for how you managed during your time as an Ambassador, if there’s anything else you need from us, and also what could be improved. We’re strong believers in continuous iterating and refining
When do I start completing my challenges?
As soon as you’ve had your induction, you are welcome to start making progress on your challenges.
If you have signed up for the Mentoring Programme, or are looking to get involved in a learning experience, your details will be passed onto our Engagement Team, and they will be in touch with you with further information.
How can I stay in contact with other Ambassadors?
We will set up an Ambassador WhatsApp group, which will allow you to keep in contact with other Ambassadors.
We’ll also hold an Ambassador mingle twice a year: we’ll have a mid-year mingle after your mid-year review, and an additional end of year mingle after your end-of-year review.
Beyond that, you can get involved in our larger events, and use that as an opportunity to meet up with other Ambassadors and see what our young people have been working on.
How many hours will I need to commit?
The extent of your commitment will vary a lot depending on the challenges that you take up.
However, we have estimated that you will be committing anywhere between 1-5 hours per month over the 12 months you spend as an Ambassador.
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