Criteria for 2018 Chime In Youth Ambassadors

International Chime In Youth Ambassadors will be selected from around the globe starting in January 2018 to serve as role models to the world. These outstanding youth will be carefully selected by an international selection committee who will choose ambassadors based on their commitment to “be the change” they wish to see in the world and by their participation in community service projects that create local and global impact.


Once selected, 2018 Youth Ambassadors will be asked to commit to participate in a program that may include a web TV show, conference calls, leadership training, educational modules focused on the SDGs, an exploration of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, and an opportunity to learn from one another’s unique cultures, traditions, and worldview.


Ambassadors will choose an SDG to focus on, and then identify a related community service program they can lead or participate in to make an effective change in their own community. They will also be asked to participate in a group project with their fellow Youth Ambassadors and the CHIME IN Team (they will have to do their own fundraising for travel expenses). We will be selecting between 10 to 14 Youth Ambassadors for 2018.

What is Required to Be a Candidate for the Youth Ambassador Program?


To be eligible to be a Youth Ambassador you must be:

  • Between the ages of 16-26
  • Able to communicate in English
  • Open to learn and honor the diversity in our group and in the world (i.e. gender, religion, and heritage).
  • Able to demonstrate leadership in your community
  • Have reliable/stable internet access and be fluent in social media
  • Passionate about “Being The Change” you wish to see in the world
  • Self-expressed and eloquent with an ability to clearly speak/write your thoughts

If I Become a Youth Ambassador, What Will be Required of Me?

Once selected, in order to maintain your status as a Youth Ambassador you need to be willing and able to do the following:

  • Participate in at least one of our team calls per month (90 minutes)
  • Sustain at least a B average if in school (if applicable)
  • Travel and be a part of the CHIME IN Community Service Project (travel is based on group and individual fundraising)
  • Fundraise to support your own community service project (if necessary) and for your own travel to the groupCHIME IN project
  • Be easy to work with, friendly, flexible, creative, good communicator
  • Participate on our radio show at least once a month
  • Check in once a week on our Facebook page:
    • Let us know what you’re up to
    • Like, share, and comment on other youth ambassador posts
  • Agree to follow the CHIME IN Youth Ambassador Code of Ethics
  • Read the following books (and be willing to share your feedback about them on our calls):


How Do I Apply?

  1. Write a 250-500 word essay answering the question: “Why I Should Be Chosen As a Chime In Youth Ambassador” and send it to:
  2. Create a 3 minute video answering the questions:
  3. Why do you want to be a Chime In Youth Ambassador?
  4. What are your top 3 qualities that will make you a great Chime In Youth Ambassador?
  5. Who are your role models?
  6. What does “Be The Change” mean to you?
  7. How/why do you feel you can make a positive difference in your community, region or country?
  8. What is your vision of the future in 20 years? And what do you see as your place in it?

*  Make sure you show us your personality! This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to us!

  1. Three letters of recommendation sent to:


What will the Youth Ambassador Program be like for 2018?

TheCHIME IN Youth Ambassador team will work closely with the leaders and mentors (individually and collectively) throughout an ambassadors term including a group community service project in one of the countries represented by one of our Youth Ambassadors. The CHIME IN Youth Ambassador Program is the ultimate opportunity to be of service, make a lasting difference in the world, and create friendships with an international group of young leaders.

What’s the age and nationality of the Youth Ambassadors?

CHIME IN is an international organization of Youth Ambassadors ranging in age from 16-26, whose past and present YAs have represented Uganda, Kenya, Dubai, Pakistan, Mongolia, Jordan, Honduras, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Nepal, Nigeria, India, Ecuador, Colombia, and Guatemala.

What is the role that the adult mentors play with the Youth Ambassadors?

The adult mentors who support our youth community are international, multicultural visionaries (and “action”aries) with expertise in leadership development, international diplomacy, service programs, media, marketing, public relations, education, content creation, diversity training, and spirituality.

We are an all hands on deck operation, and invite the world, young and old, to step in and become ChangeMakers—those who commit to self-responsibility and action toward being the change in their communities.

How do I recommend someone to be aCHIME IN Youth Ambassador?

Send the person you think would be a great Youth Ambassador, and tell them to send in their information (see above) to

Can I suggest someone I don’t know personally?

Please do! Just let us know how you’ve heard about this person, and why you think they should be aCHIME IN Youth Ambassador. Please reach out to the person  you recommend (if possible), find out if they are interested, and let them know how to get in touch with us (

Can I suggest myself as an ambassador?


Will it help if I submit multiple nominations, or have my friends nominate me several times?

No. It only takes one suggestion to be considered.

Is there a deadline for suggesting an ambassador?

The deadline for nominations is December 15th, 2017, however, it’s best to get your suggestions to us as early as possible, so we can research them carefully and make the best decision.

Do you pay ambassadors?

Chime In Youth Ambassadors do not get paid. This is a volunteer program that develops youth leaders personally and professionally while preparing them for the realities of community service today. This includes designing or supporting a community service program in their community or country, leadership training, and training in how to successfully support an international project.

Who will I be training with while I am an ambassador?

Among others, Chime In Youth Ambassadors receive one-on-one training with the following mentors:

  • Kelly Sullivan Walden (Chime In Director/Co-Founder)

Best selling author, Kelly Sullivan Walden is a visionary that not only dreams about “a world that works for everyone” but she creates and implements programs that bring her visions and dreams closer to reality. She is the Founder of The Dream Project, a non-profit organization inspiring young people to solve global issues described in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and The Dream Project’s international extension, CHIME IN. In her ‘spare’ time she is a certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and TV personality. She is a frequent guest on national TV and radio and is known as ”Doctor Dream”, America’s premiere Dream expert. Her mission and dedication to empowering the youth and women of the world inspires all who connect with her as she leads the Chime In program and mentors the participants. Marianne Williamson may have written, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” But Kelly Sullivan Walden lives it.

  • Dana Walden, (Chime In Co-Founder, Director of Strategic Insights and Creative Implementation)

Dana is the former Chairman of the Education Commission for IREO (Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization), a founding board member of Fostering A Change (housing and program support for women aging out of the foster care system), board member of Celerity Educational Group (14 inner city charter schools in Los Angeles), co-founder of The Dream Project (empowerment program for youth), as well as an internationally acclaimed composer, performer, producer and director. He specializes in connecting the dots between passion, people and projects across diverse (and sometimes seemingly unrelated) platforms. His Muse Management approach is dedicated to “the dream realized”. He is Chime In’s Director of Strategic Insights and Creative Implementation.

  • Steve Allen (Chime In Co-Founder, Director of Media Relations)

Steve Allen is celebrating 25 years in the PR industry as the President and Founder of Steve Allen Media. The firm’s guiding tagline, “PR with a Conscience,” has been integral to its success in placing clients in media outlets ranging from The New York Times to Dr. Oz, The View, and Oprah Magazine. Steve has always had a calling to help young people. He was a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in N.Y.C. for many a year, as well as a respected volunteer teacher at the Covenant House in L.A., which provides services to homeless and runaway youth. He is blessed to be able to promote and to be part of The Dream Project (an empowerment program for youth) in Los Angeles and has coached youth baseball and basketball for 15 years. Over the years, Steve has also accumulated a very long list of acting and directorial credits from N.Y. to L.A., including TV appearances on 21 Jump Street and the Seinfeld series and having shared the stage with Joanne Woodward in “Sweet Bird of Youth.” He is a Co-founder and the Director of Communications for Chime In.

Benjamin Swatez (Chime In Mentor, Arts Director), international mural artist

  • Ambassador Mildred Espinoza (UN Ambassador of Tourism for Guatemala), on camera producer talent for Telemundo and UN South South News

Combined, this group has a vast knowledge in organizational, leadership and media skills as well as hands on experience to provide a wonderful growth opportunity for each ambassador.

For Chime In Ambassadors, the exposure, influence, and networking alone are worth their weight in gold—especially regarding college admissions and coveted job opportunities.

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