The SAP Experience
The Student Ambassador Program (SAP) brings together a cohort of students from across New Brunswick and gears them up to make a difference in their community. Offered by the Pond-Deshpande Centre & the New Brunswick Social Policy and Research Network, this program provides students with a wide range of experiences and skills, as well as access to a supportive network to help them bring their ideas to life.
SAP students are immersed into the world of entrepreneurship and social change as a mindset, an approach and as a potential future career path. Students build their personal and professional networks by interacting with leaders who are at the forefront of real-world change, within New Brunswick and internationally.
Program participants gain the types of knowledge and skills that are not built from within the classroom, including leadership skills, personal insights, social entrepreneurship, policy, business experience, and innovation.
2016-2017 Student Ambassador Cohort & PDC Team
Student Ambassadors are open minded, curious and collaborative individuals who are passionate about challenging the status quo and being a force for positive change in their community. Some of the entrepreneurial skills they will develop include community and presentation skills, fundraising and financial management, branding and marketing, problem identification, design methods, and more. Of course, Student Ambassadors are also asked to lead and support others by acting as self-starters and being open-minded towards risk-taking and teamwork.
Open-minded, curious and able to work in a team
Passionate about challenging the status quo
Motivated to be a force for change in their community
A leader and a supporter of others
Seeking inspiration and an avenue for their passion
PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES AND TIME COMMITMENTS
One campus project and access to $1000 in funding
3 mandatory weekend workshops
A weekend trip to Boston to tour of the entrepreneurial community
Participation in YES Atlantic (Youth Entrepreneurship Summit)
All sorts of opt-in opportunities: a tour of the business-for-good community in India, conferences, workshops, competitions and events
Students at all university and college campuses across New Brunswick.
Applicants can be from any area of study.
Applicants can be in any year of study.
Applicants must exemplify the qualities of a changemaker: passionate, action-oriented & tenacious
26th October, 2017
1st - 4th Novemeber, 2017
25th November, 2017
13th January, 2018
The Student Ambassador Program is designed for students! Therefore, it is meant to be flexible in order to work with your schedule! Here are the dates that are mandatory. By mandatory, we mostly mean "You don't want to miss this!" The rest of the year is up to you...
WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY:
The Student Ambassador Program helped me develop a passion and understanding for the societal need for innovation and entrepreneurship.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK
Having the opportunity to connect with other liked-minded student entrepreneurs has been a fantastic experience. I credit the Student Ambassador program as a major driver in my continuing interest in entrepreneurship.
MOUNT ALLISON UNIVERSITY
It (SAP) allowed me to make connections I never would have had the chance to meet otherwise. I have successfully landed a job in my field and it gave me the confidence to pursue entrepreneurship as a viable option in the future.