The Cultural Ambassadors program recruits Michigan residents to volunteer their expertise directly towards connecting immigrants, international students, and young professionals to their communities, the marketplace, and Michigan’s industries to the global economy. Join the Ambassadors today, and start welcoming, supporting, and engaging the region’s international community!
Are YOU the next Cultural Ambassador?
The Cultural Ambassadors Program has 2 ways for you to engage!
CULTURAL AMBASSADORS VOLUNTEERS
The Cultural Ambassadors volunteer program connects a network of professional volunteers (you!) to activities that foster engagement with new Americans and visiting internationals. Volunteers are engaged through program partners to participate in a wide variety of opportunities that allow them to provide their skills, talents and expertise in welcoming, retaining and supporting internationals. These opportunities will capitalize on the language and cultural competence, business and professional experience, and international connections of the volunteers.
We are seeking CITIZENSHIP AMBASSADORS!
The Citizenship Ambassadors Program, a partnership with Detroit New Americans Campaign, is an effort to promote the benefits of citizenship, and to assist candidates in navigating the path to becoming citizens. Citizenship Ambassadors help Legal Permanent Residents through barriers of the naturalization process. Learn more here.
The 4 Citizenship Ambassador Volunteer Roles are listed below. When you complete the sign up form, you will be asked which roles you would like to participate in. Please select as many as you like.
- Promote Citizenship in the community: help spread the word about the benefits of citizenship and the resources available to help.
- Volunteer at workshops or other events: sign up to assist with registration, logistics, intake, or interpretation.
- Assist candidates in completing applications: complete our training and sign up to help candidates complete their applications at workshops or DNAC offices.
- Test preparation: assist candidates with studying, English skills, and mock interviews.
For a more detailed description of the volunteer roles and the Citizenship Ambassadors Program, click here.
If you have questions about the Citizenship Ambassadors, email GDCulturalAmbassador@gmail.com
CULTURAL AMBASSADORS CONNECTOR PROGRAM
The connector program is a referral process by which foreign-born residents, international students, and young professionals grow their professional networks by meeting with established professionals in their field, more established residents who share their cultural, national, and ethnic heritage, or other volunteers interested in assisting international newcomers in the region. Internationals are able to strengthen their participation in the regional job market and business community. Their ability to live and work in Michigan will help diversify the state’s economy. The program will not only grow, but strengthen the business networks within industries.
Do you want to enhance your career in the U.S.? Join the Connector Program to grow your professional networks! We will match you with a Connector – someone in the area who works in your same industry. They’ll give you insights into the marketplace and provide you with additional contacts. Get connected today!
Are you a natural Connector? Do you know large numbers of people, and are in the habit of making introductions? Become a Professional Connector and help others succeed! Engaging local talent is an activity you already do in your daily life – this program seeks to enhance this process for area newcomers, and make the region a more welcoming and diverse community.
After every volunteer activity, it is important to report on the time you spent as a Cultural Ambassador. Global Detroit wants to know how much outreach our Ambassadors have dedicated to welcoming and empowering newcomers to southeast Michigan, and we want to share with you the results of your generosity.
Ready to log your latest volunteer hours?
- Login to the Cultural Ambassadors platform, as usual
- From your dashboard, you will see tabs along the top, starting with Home, Sign-Up, Assignments, and then Hours Log. Click Hours Log.
- Complete all 4 fields. First, select the activity for which you volunteered. If you do not see your activity, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Save, and you’re done!
Modeled in part on the Ann Arbor SPARK Cultural Ambassadors program launched by then-citizen Rick Snyder, the program consists of a professional connector program, as well as a volunteer program that helps regional economic development efforts and nonprofit services find professional volunteers.