WRYA introduces teens to the world of volunteering. Youth volunteer 200 plus hours for the city of White Rock, its Councillors, Chamber of Commerce, community service organizations, service clubs and local business; seeing firsthand how the infrastructures of a community intersect. During their term they acquire valuable skills: public speaking, table talk, protocol, etiquette, team-building, trust, reliability, commitment, and networking, along with travel opportunities throughout BC, to get to know communities and their people.
Each year, a community project is undertaken by the Ambassador Team, in the City of White Rock. Our hope is that the Ambassadors embrace their experience, and continue to be an active part of their Community.
White Rock Youth Ambassadors has been existence for over 50 years. Although it started as a Summer seaside beauty pageant, it has evolved into a non-profit, community driven, volunteer orientated youth mentoring program. All candidates apprentice for six months, during which time, they are judged on public speaking, talent, a personal interview, general deportment, an essay about a local landmark, and a general knowledge exam about their community. They are also graded on attendance, attitude and volunteerism.
At the annual awards’ Gala evening, the Royalty is selected. This consists of one Candidate, who is selected in a leadership role. They will be assisted by two Princesses or Principal Ambassadors, a Friendship Ambassador, and supported by the team of Youth Ambassadors (male and female).
Many hours are spent working for the City of White Rock, at the Spirit of the Sea Festival, the Torchlight Parade, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, The Regatta, the lighting of the Historic Pier at Christmas, a Vintage Affair, the Peach Arch Hospital Gala. They represent White Rock throughout the Province as they travel to various cities for their festivities. As well, they continue to work with their sponsors throughout the year.
At the Annual Awards Gala the Royalty are selected, who together represent the city and act in “official “ roles during their term. They, along with the Ambassador Team continue to attend events at local and out-of-town events. The Ambassadors travel chaperoned to other pageants and special festivals, promoting White Rock. The youth reliably have shared how the year’s experience enriched their view of the world and people, positively impacting their future life. The judges, city officials and program facilitators have provided positive feedback on their observations on the changes in the young women’s maturity and self-confidence.
A volunteer committee of former Royalty, Ambassadors, parents, and community leaders runs the program. It is entirely non-profit operating on a modest budget from donations and fundraising. The expenses are often cost recovery and always directly related to the programming and ambassador functions. A significant investment of time and in-kind assistance ensures that participation is the core philosophy of the White Rock Youth Ambassador Program
For more information on the White Rock Youth Ambassadors program, please contact Iona or Heather via the information on the Contact Page