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We are excited to share some changes to the Youth Ambassador Program! First, the Youth Ambassador winner will receive a $6,000 check with no two-year commitment to the NAD. Second, the 4th Round is slightly different — it’s the Pitch and Network event where contestants will network with #NAD2020 attendees and pitch your platform, this gives you an opportunity to gather interest in your pitch! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 1st! youth.nad.org/yap

[VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: Chanel is standing in the NAD lobby.

CHANEL: We have exciting updates for the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP). We have two big updates: 1) the role of the Youth Ambassador and 2) the competition rounds. Our Youth Ambassador, the winner of YAP, commits with high expectations and responsibilities: volunteering numerous hours, sending video updates, and more.

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However, we’ve decided to switch things up — we are not continuing our two year commitment requirement. This means the winner (and moving forward) will win $6,000 with no additional commitments to the NAD. This update will allow us to focus on the winner’s networking opportunities, which includes attending to the Jr. NAD National Conference, Youth Leadership Camp, and any other possible opportunities that apply to their platform.

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As for the competition rounds, we’ve updated the five rounds’ format. Rounds 1 and 2 happens before the NAD Conference:

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Round 1- is quite simple – APPLY by the deadline!

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Round 2- The VISion Challenge, you will meet with local organizations and polish your pitch.

Then rounds 3, 4, 5 happens at the NAD Conference:

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Round 3 remains the same – Hot Seat Interview and Observation, which means a private interview and a secret judge will observe you during the NAD Conference.

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Round 4 – Pitch and Network. During the final competition night, there will be a networking event to meet secret judges, potential investors, community members, and more! This is where you’ll pitch your platform with the hopes of being selected to the top three. The top three, with the overall top scores from the judges, will enter Round 5.

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Round 5 is the final “VISion Platform” which is your platform presentation that you will do in front of hundreds of people during NAD@Night Friday night. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.

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Are you our next Youth Ambassador? If you have a plan for a social issue or a business idea, apply!

Video cuts to a blue background, red alphabet letters of “N-A-D” in American Sign Language appears one by one in the center of the video. The text appears in white underneath, “National Association of the Deaf, Copyright 2020, All Rights Reserved.”]

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