The Student Ambassador Program of the McDonell Area Catholic Schools (MACS) has been in existence since the 2005-06 school year. It was developed by volunteer parent, Mary Jacobson who had a desire to provide service opportunities and training in areas of leadership, hospitality, mentoring, and team-building.
The mission of the program is to promote leadership, team-building skills, service mindedness, and personal growth in the ambassadors but the program is so much more. It is identifying the needs of many in the community and reaching out to satisfy those needs respectfully, compassionately and unselfishly. Through their works of charity and service, these students gain confidence, knowledge and leadership skills to take into their adult lives; regardless of their life direction. These are skills they will continue to use in their schools, workplace, churches, homes and in their communities. In achieving their mission, those they serve are the beneficiaries and, while they grow in personal development, the students are also the beneficiaries of their own works.
The global pandemic during the 2020-21 school-year provides uncertainty and challenges in all disciplines of the school, including in serving others. While many of the typical ambassador activities may be suspended until it is safe to do so, many other needs have emerged, making it even more important to join the student ambassador program.
We will continue to identify the needs in our schools, parishes and community, and volunteer to lend a hand. It has been the tradition that the ambassador group donates over 1000 hours every year, and we expect this year we will easily do the same.
The MACS Student Ambassador Program has been successful over the last fifteen years because of the dedication of the students. This program is for any MACS student in grades 7 through 12 interested in experiencing the rewards of volunteering.