Are you the next Youth Heart Ambassador?

The American Heart Association is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 National Class of Youth Heart Ambassadors.

Youth Heart Ambassadors class of 2023-24

The 2024-25 class of Youth Heart Ambassadors are the face and voice of the American Heart Associations' in-school initiatives, assisting the organization to be a relentless force for healthier lives for all. We are now accepting nominations from youth ages 2-19 who have been affected by heart disease or stroke either through a personal diagnosis, diagnosis of a loved one, or are passionate about a heart healthy lifestyle change. Apply today to share your story and represent the American Heart Association.

The deadline to be considered for the 2024-25 National Class of Youth Heart Ambassadors is March 1, 2024. Applications received after this date may be contacted to serve as local community youth heart ambassadors and will be considered for the following year's class of National Youth Heart Ambassadors.

Application Requirements: Submit a 1-2 minute video story and a signed media release by a parent or guardian.

Who Can Apply?

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The American Heart Association is looking for diverse youth ages 2-19 who are ready to share their story about the impact of heart disease or stroke either through a personal diagnosis, supporting a loved one, or are passionate about a heart healthy lifestyle.

Be yourself and let your personality shine in your video submission. Apply today!

Youth Heart Ambassador Opportunities

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Youth Heart Ambassadors may be asked to share their story in emails, videos, newsletters, and social media posts, participate in exciting events that may include speaking opportunities and interviews, and other digital and/or print marketing materials.

Youth Heart Ambassadors will also work closely with the local American Heart Association representative who will match their interests and comfort level with ambassador opportunities in their community.

What Happens Next?

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All applicants will be contacted by the local AHA representative to determine ambassador opportunities in their community.

A selection committee will determine the new class of National Youth Heart Ambassadors and those applicants will be notified in late spring 2024.

Applications received after the March 1st deadline may be contacted to serve as local community youth heart ambassadors and will be considered for the following year's class of National Youth Heart Ambassadors.

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Elementary Schools

The Kids Heart Challenge prepares elementary students for success by supporting their physical and emotional well-being with essential resources for educators.

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Middle & High Schools

The American Heart Challenge focuses on what matters most to educators and parents of middle and high school students: preparing them for success by strengthening their physical and emotional well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child is not affected by heart disease/stroke but still wants to apply?
The American Heart Association looks forward to all applicants interested in helping advance our mission and spread awareness. We invite applications from youth who have also been affected by the diagnosis of a loved one or are passionate about a heart healthy lifestyle change.

If we applied last year, do we need to re-apply?
If you would like to be considered for a national opportunity, you should re-apply. Otherwise, you can continue to work with your AHA staff partner locally.

Do we need to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge/American Heart Challenge?
No, while we certainly hope that your school participates, it is not required. Want to check if your school is participating in the Kids Heart Challenge/American Heart Challenge? Visit us at heart.org/schools.

What should we say in the video?
Just be yourself! It doesn't need to be professional or fancy. We want to hear your story, see your personality, and understand what you're passionate about. Although parents are welcome to be in the video with their student, it's always helps to hear directly from the applicant as well.

What if I apply after the March 1, 2024 deadline?
The deadline to be considered for the 2024-25 National Class of Youth Heart Ambassadors is March 1, 2024. Applications received after this date may be contacted to serve as local community youth heart ambassadors and will be considered for the following year's class of National Youth Heart Ambassadors.