In the spring of 2016, BINA Farm Center (BFC) launched a pilot program of its new Teen Ambassador Program (TAP). This initiative offers a novel approach to youth in service. A combination of teamwork skills, education, character building and philanthropy, TAP is truly the new face of teen community service. After a successful six month pilot, BFC began its first official year with a group of dedicated teens ready to immerse themselves in non-profit work. This program has approximately 15 Ambassadors comprised of BFC participants, participants' siblings and volunteers. TAP members range in age from 14-18 years old (8th grade through high school) and commit to a year in the program.
The TAP program was established to encourage and nurture future leaders in non-profit and philanthropy endeavors. BFC foresees theTeen Ambassadors as trailblazers who will contribute significantly to the mission of inclusivity and goodwill as they immerse themselves in the community and gain valuable knowledge about the operations of the non-profit sector. BFC's collaboration with the Teen Ambassadors gives BFC a vital teen energy and perspective, and at the same time instills Ambassadors with lifelong leadership skills. The BFC Teen Ambassador Program establishes a model for youth in service and philanthropy.
“TAP really is the next generation of hands-on philanthropy; to teach through inclusivity, service, mentorship, and community,” says Coryn Bina, BFC Executive Director and Co-Founder. “We are excited about what this program can bring to the futures of our young leaders and our communities as a whole. Our TAP members oversaw the 2016 gala at the Ritz-Carlton and we raised more money then ever before. I feel this is due to our audience hearing from such impressive teens!”
For more information on how your teen can apply to TAP for the 2017-2018 year, please contact Nicole@binafarm.org.