The program runs annually, within each state and territory of Australia. Each year, a new Ambassador cohort is created in each state, consisting of young people from across the country who attend rural schools. Generally, Year 11 pupils are nominated by their schools to participate in the program, which lasts 12 months.
Each group works collaboratively, establishing a theme or focus for the year that is based on their experiences of growing up in a rural area, which they then pitch to government, education sectors and key stakeholder groups.
As the Rural Youth Ambassadors work together and build their leadership skills, they also support their community of peers back home by sharing knowledge, creating workshops and programs, and linking successful rural people back to their communities.
The Ambassadors are involved in state and national conferences, are keynote presenters at workshops and conferences, attend international conferences about rural education, advise state and commonwealth governments, run workshops, visit rural and remote communities and share their stories – the list is endless.
The program culminates with a National Forum held in Canberra during December of each year with each state nominating representatives to attend the forum and meet with Commonwealth Ministers, senior education people and other interested organisations.
The Rural Youth Ambassadors then develop a proposal at a national level, representing the interests of rural and remote young Australians, making sure everyone can achieve their dreams.