Ambassador Training Program
Who We Are
At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we raise our voice to empower and activate a community of patients, fighters and champions to push for better policies and to support research, education and awareness for all those touched by this disease.
The Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) Ambassadors are a spark in the CRC community.
Fight CRC Ambassadors are dedicated, engaged and educated advocates who enhance Fight CRC’s presence online and in-person.
- Providing advice, support and contributions to help Fight CRC achieve its strategic goals and objectives.
- Leading social engagement, posting and sharing on social media. They inspire other advocates.
- Taking action, pushing for better policies on the Hill and at home.
- Recruiting fellow patients, caregivers, family members, friends and medical professionals to get involved and get resources into their hands as a Beyond Blue Distributor.
Each year we choose a group of 25-30 Ambassadors who commit to being a volunteer for one full year! And for that coming March, they are the faces of Fight CRC’s One Million Strong awareness campaign. To be an Ambassador, you must apply and attend an in-person Ambassador Training Program.
Others should become an ambassador to give themselves a voice. So many people have so much to say but just don’t know how to say or approach it. Everyone has an inspiring story and the ability to make an impact, some just need the extra push and confidence and that’s exactly what Ambassador training provides.
– Riley Anne Lewis
History of the Program
One Million Strong launched with a Fight CRC photoshoot in 2012. Advocates from across the country came to have their pictures taken and tell their stories. After a few years, we realized a photoshoot wasn’t enough. Advocates wanted more. In 2015, we launched the Ambassador Training Program with a group of 26 advocates from 15 states.
Today, there are more than 75 Fight CRC Ambassadors from 36 states championing Fight CRC’s mission.
Each Ambassador pushes the Fight CRC mission a bit closer to the end goal: victory over colon and rectal cancers.
Here’s What We’re Looking for in a Fight CRC Ambassador:
CONNECTION Individuals who have faced colorectal cancer either personally, through a loved one, or through their career, who would like to step up and become a champion fighter. We welcome patients, caregivers, family members, medical professionals and all those touched by the disease to apply.
AMBITION Ambassadors are the men and women who strive to fight colorectal cancer by offering their time, strengths and stories as models for the entire Fight CRC community. They are all in!
AVAILABILITY Ambassadors agree to a volunteer job description and support the mission of Fight Colorectal Cancer through awareness, advocacy, research and patient education. After the one-year term, our hope is for ambassadors to remain active in the community.
Are You Intersted in Becoming a Fight CRC Ambassador?
Applications will open April 1 (applications close May 1) and Ambassador selections will be announced by June 1. Terms run August through August (12 months).
Applications are now closed for the 2018/2019 class of Ambassadors. Announcement of selection will be in early June.
Being an Ambassador means being able to keep my husband’s story alive after he passed away from colon cancer… It is important for our children to see that we still fight for daddy even though he’s no longer here. We do not want anyone else to lose a mother, father or loved one to this 90% preventable disease.
– Dana Georges
What We Cover
August 24-26, 2018
Ambassadors undergo training in Springfield, Mo., where Fight CRC is headquartered. Training is a time to share stories, hear from Fight CRC staff, meet fellow Ambassadors and gather the resources and tools needed to be a successful Ambassador during the upcoming year.
Each Ambassador Training weekend is tailored to the needs of the group and to the landscape of the CRC community at the time, but there are a few staples that we include each year:
- Pre-Training Party & Mix ‘n Mingle
- Presentations from Fight CRC staff
- Media/PR training
- Guest speakers
- Fundraising 101
- Video/Photo shoot
- Focus groups
- Meals and Happy Hours
- On-site store
Once Ambassadors leave training, the possibilities are endless! The Fight CRC staff guides Ambassadors through their first year with all of the tools and resources they need to be successful. From continuing education webinars to event resources and fundraising opportunities, Fight CRC is here to help.
When applying to be an Ambassador, applicants will also have the opportunity to indicate they’d like to be considered for an Ambassador scholarship. Fight CRC scholarships only cover the cost of your lodging. (As a scholar, attendees must agree to share a room with a scholar of the same gender during their stay in Springfield.) As part of the training, most meals are covered.
All Ambassadors are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Springfield, Mo. and for other expenses and meals not covered during the weekend.
How are scholars selected?
The number of scholarships awarded is determined by the budget and sponsorships we receive. All applications are considered with equal weight and the Fight CRC team makes both Ambassador and scholarship selections collaboratively and based on the needs of the applicants.
The Ambassador Pledge
As an Advocate, I believe that the individual voice can and should be heard.
As a Survivor, I believe that my personal experience can make a difference.
As a Caregiver, I believe that my personal experience is worth sharing.
As a Medical Professional, I believe that my knowledge is worth sharing.
As a Community, I believe that our camaraderie can make a difference.
As Fight CRC Leaders, I believe that our intentionality has the power to make an impact.
Ambassador training gave the training and tools I needed to be an advocate for all of us touched by CRC. I knew after my diagnosis I wanted to “do something” about this disease, I just didn’t know what. Fight CRC provided me with training to be a meaningful voice in the advocacy world!
– Amanda Houston
Donations and Sponsorships
We are always looking for partners who want to support the Ambassador Training Program. Sponsor funds allow us to support several scholarships and cover the costs of the event. To become a sponsor, please contact Michell Baker, Director of Partnership Development Fundraising@FightCRC.org.
We’re also always looking for in-kind donations and giveaways to use as gifts for the Ambassadors in their swag bags and door prizes. If you’d be willing to donate merchandise, please contact Anna Zachary at vol_mgr@FightCRC.org.