“The SOS Student Ambassador Program is a great opportunity for young leaders to cultivate their affinity for public service and expand leadership skills. We are excited to take part in the development and growth of the next generation of Mississippians and look forward to providing a greater understanding of one of our greatest liberties, the right to vote.”
- Secretary of State Michael Watson
WHAT IS THE SOS STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM?
The Secretary of State’s Student Ambassador Program is a program between high school seniors, the Secretary of State’s Office, and Secretary of State Michael Watson. Through the program, students with a passion for leadership and state government are equipped to return to their schools as proponents of voter education and awareness. They also have regular interactions with leaders from the Secretary of State’s Office, Mississippi Legislature, and various other state and local officials.
Students who complete the program receive a first-hand account of state government in action, establish a network of like-minded peers from across the state, and experience the processes that ensure Mississippi is a better place for their generation and generations to come.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any student who meets the following criteria may submit an application to be considered for admission:
- Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above
- Upcoming high school senior
- Proven satisfactory behavioral conduct
- Interest in state government
WHAT DO STUDENT AMBASSADORS DO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?
Ambassadors attend one-day spring and fall semester summits at the Secretary of State’s Office in Jackson as well as participate in periodic conference calls. The fall summit focuses on the elections process in Mississippi with an emphasis on the importance of voter education and participation in the election process. Student Ambassadors get an inside view of how elections operate in the state including an opportunity to serve at polling places in their area.
The spring summit, during the legislative session, gives students a deeper understanding of the Mississippi legislative process. Students are equipped to develop a spring voter registration campaign in their schools. Through monthly virtual meetings, students are able to collaborate, ask questions, and seek guidance from Secretary of State representatives, Mississippi legislators, and each other.
WHAT DO CURRENT STUDENT AMBASSADORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to speak with people of such high regard. Being part of this group has reignited a fire I had, that had a slow burn for a while and just needed a spark.” - Alea Hudson, 2022-2023 Student Ambassador and recently elected Student Ambassador Secretary of State
“This program gives you the opportunity to explore your local and state government and meet different state officials. You will meet people from all over the state that may have similar goals as you, which will make lasting friendships.” - Sydney Sudduth, 2022-2023 Student Ambassador
“Secretary Watson and his staff listen to understand, give solutions to problems you may be having, and connect you with a plethora of policymakers and legislators to speak with. This is an opportunity I will always cherish and appreciate, and if you are chosen, you will too!” - Tyren Boyd, 2022-2023 Student Ambassador
For more information or questions about the SOS Student Ambassador Program, please email ExternalAffairs@sos.ms.gov or call 601-359-4454.