Past Programs: Student Humanities Ambassador

Create your own humanities program or event.


Anne Schlitt
Assistant Director
(207) 773-5051


Archived Program

Past Programs: Student Humanities Ambassador

Student Humanities Ambassador word cloudIs there an issue or idea that you think you and your friends should be talking about?  Do you want to learn how to plan and run an event that helps you to have those conversations, and get some money to pay for it? Then becoming a Student Humanities Ambassador is for you!

We are looking for creative and energetic high school students interested in community engagement through the humanities.   Through the Student Humanities Ambassador Program, you will work with us (MHC) to identify a topic and, working with a budget of $1,000 given to you by MHC, create, plan, run, and evaluate a humanities-based program or event within your community.

Who is this program for?

High school-age students who are residents of Maine. Homeschoolers and youth clubs, whether in-school or extracurricular, strongly encouraged to apply!

How many Student Humanities Ambassadors will there be?

You may work individually or with a small group.

What do you mean by “community?”

Community can be as large as your entire town or city, as small as a particular group of individuals in your school, or anything in between.

What are the humanities?   

The Humanities are all around us! Each time we connect with people, have interesting conversations, common experiences, or “A-Ha” moments, we are experiencing the core of the humanities.

If you want to get really formal about it, the humanities are history, literature, art, religion, philosophy, and social institutions like government and the legal system. The humanities encourage us to ask “Why?”

Will I get school credit for this?

Your teacher will work with your school to determine how this project will fit into your academic curriculum.

What does my mentor need to know?    

Your mentor’s role will be to:

  • Act as your school-based mentor/contact
  • Advocate for you as necessary
  • Meet with you regularly to discuss progress, issues, etc.
  • Work with you and your school’s administrators to create a plan for receiving credit, if necessary
  • Attend your event

A mentor might be a guidance counselor, a teacher, a homeschooling parent, a librarian–anyone who is actively engaged in your education. The mentor is a really important role–you, the student will take the lead, but an active and engaged mentor is just as important. We expect the mentor to be aware and involved every step of the way.

How do I apply?

Go here!

Funded by:


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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Inspired By:

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