Parent Ambassador Program
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Ready to be a Parent Ambassador? AMBASSADOR LINK

 

View 2020 PARENT ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT

 

The role of a Parent Ambassador is a very distinguished one. Ambassadors are parents, guardians or adult family members of TTU students who foster connections and build relationships with the university by participating in activities and events that make the TTU experience a positive one for all families. Parent Ambassadors are informed on many issues and help other parents understand what life is like as the supportive family member of a Texas Tech student by sharing experiences and providing support.

How do Parent Ambassadors help TTPA's mission?

The Parent Ambassador program increases our outreach significantly. We are able to accomplish much more together than just a few people would be able to do alone.  Stories about parents connecting with one another to support the success of their students is a convincing reason that this program is a vital part of our Red Raider Family.

How do Parent Ambassadors help families?

"At Texas Tech, the difference is quite simple,” says Joyce Zachman, TTPA CEO. "Our goal is to provide personalized assistance to parents, information they need, resources they can use and support they can count on. Our Parent Ambassadors build meaningful relationships resulting in greater success for our students."

Why get involved with the Parent Ambassador Program?

Research has shown that parental involvement is one of the best predictors for post-secondary educational aspirations and students give credit to their parents as supporters for college aspiration. As an Ambassador, you will become increasingly knowledgeable about TTU and be equipped with information and resources that will assist other PAs, incoming parents, and more importantly, your student!

What criteria do you use to select your Parent Ambassadors?

In selecting ambassadors, we look for parents who are already volunteering, sharing their experiences with others, volunteering at events and otherwise supporting one another.. We empower parents to experience success through their own efforts. Secondly, we look for parents in strategic areas - parents whose students are active in the Texas Tech community and who may already have good rapport with campus faculty and staff. Thirdly, we welcome parents who are representative of the diversity Texas Tech is reaching. We consider all applications to become a Parent Ambassador as a wonderful opportunity to connect parents to the university.

Requirements for membership

• Parent must be a member in good standing of the Texas Tech Parents Association

• Student currently enrolled in Texas Tech University

• Student is in good academic standing

What are the responsibilities of Parent Ambassadors?

Ambassadors volunteer at events and activities sponsored by Texas Tech Parents Association or Texas Tech University. Ambassadors connect with families, form relationships, help each other create and sustain ties to the university, and become a part of their student’s college experience. 

Ambassadors are often part of a family's first impression of Texas Tech. A student may have their first contact with a Tech recruiter in their high school. A parent may have their first contact at any number of events. Wherever parents are, we want them to know that Texas Tech Parents Association cares about them and their students – that we are here to help them navigate the four or more years their son or daughter is in college.

What are specific volunteer opportunities for Parent Ambassadors?

There are a wide variety of opportunities from which Parent Ambassadors may choose - according to their time availability, skill and comfort. (not a complete list)

• Speak with prospective parents and families at local or campus events.

• Speak at school district or community events hosting high school students and their parents.

• Assist at Texas Tech University sponsored events.

• Assist at Texas Tech Parent Association sponsored events.

• Assist at Family Weekend in Lubbock.

• Assist at Student and Faculty Award reception in Lubbock.

• Assist at University Day. (fall, Lubbock)

• Top Scholars Reception. (in your town)

• Keep friends and peers informed about what’s happening at the university.

• Offer parents an inside view of how to support student success.

• Become the local, familiar "face” of the Parent Association in your area.

• Welcome new members to the program.

• Assist with publicizing and supporting events (in your town)

• Serve as an informed parent of the university

• Engage with current parents and students

• Assist in identifying, recruiting, and sustaining ambassador membership.

• Attend Red Raider Orientation (summer) to connect with parents of incoming freshmen, answer questions and share your experience as a current TTU parent.

• Host a parent reception (March/April) for prospective parents, TTPA leadership, and University staff to allow parents the opportunity to connect with members of the TTU community off-campus.

What is the commitment and benefit to be involved in the Parent Ambassador Program?

We ask for a minimum one-year commitment to the Parent Ambassador Program.  View the Leadership Exploration And Development - LEAD Chart below.

Level One: Emerging LeaderLevel Two: Red Raider Leader

Level Three: Matador Leader

Through workshops, experience, training, and engagement, the Emerging Leader level is designed to guide motivated first-year parent volunteers to be leaders at and beyond Texas Tech Parents Association.

Values, integrity, and purpose serve in the second level. Parents involved as Red Raider Leaders continue their journey through a variety of deeper engagement activities including application to group/chapter leadership

Parents of upperclassman are valued contributors to the Association. Their proven leadership provides direction and helps develop solutions to better serve parents and students.

Prerequisite: Available to first-time volunteer parents, Completion of Parent Engagement SUMMIT
Length:One Year

Prerequisite: Completion of Emerging Leaders program
Length: One year, sophomore or junior year
Prerequisite: Completion of Red Raider Leader
Length: One year, preferably junior or senior year
Rewards & BenefitsRewards & BenefitsRewards & Benefits

Certificate of completion
Advancement to Red Raider Leader
Ability to apply for Group/Chapter Position
Leadership swag
Leadership Reception
Gift Cards to Lubbock Businesses
After completing one year - application for Parent Ambassador student scholarship

Certificate of completion
Advancement to Matador Leader
Ability to apply for Board Committee Membership
Leadership swag
Leadership Reception
Gift Cards to Lubbock Businesses
Drawing for Free Textbooks

Certificate of completion
Advancement to Raider Nation Leader
Ability to apply for Board Membership
Leadership swag
Leadership Reception
Gift Cards to Lubbock Businesses
Drawing for Free Lubbock Hotel stay

Raider Nation Leader continues the spirit of the Matador Leader.  The successful completion of the 4th year of volunteering has its own rewards to be shared with Matador Leaders.

Fun Leadership Video
https://youtu.be/ZnjJpa1LBOY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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806-412-4722
parents@texastechparents.org