Akshaya Patra Invites Applicants for Youth Ambassador Program

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Stoneham, MA – Akshaya Patra USA, which runs one of the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programs and serves children in 11,600 schools across India, is now inviting applicants for its Youth Ambassador Program, an elite voluntary program for high school students in the US.

DeshIn 2014, Akshaya Patra USA launched its Youth Ambassador Program. Today, Akshaya Patra has over 100 youth activists in the Ambassador Program. Akshaya Patra USA is the US branch of a charitable organization in India that provides nutritious school meals to more than 1.5 million children in India’s government schools.

Akshaya Patra’s Youth Ambassador Program is actively recruiting ambitious young people from across the US to act as representatives for the organization in their communities.

Admission to the Youth Ambassador Program is on an ongoing rolling basis. The program has been expanded and admission is open to middle school, as well as high school students.

“Akshaya Patra is lucky to have enthusiastic young supporters who are passionate about spreading awareness of the school meal program and helping 1.5 million children in India realize their dreams through education,” said Desh Deshpande, Chairman of Akshaya Patra’s Board of Directors.

The Youth Ambassadors Program supports Akshaya Patra USA fundraising and awareness efforts and offers a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to build leadership, networking, and public presentation skills while improving the lives of children in India. Youth Ambassadors are also given the opportunity to participate in an India Service Trip to volunteer with Akshaya Patra’s school meal program.

Akshaya Patra runs one of the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programs and serves children in 11,600 schools across India. Akshaya Patra’s meals have contributed to increased enrollment, lower attrition rates, and better student health and academic performance in the schools it serves. Cost-effective technology in food preparation and partnerships with the state and federal governments of India, allow Akshaya Patra to support one child with meals for a year for just $15. Akshaya Patra USA provides vital funding and helps to create greater awareness of the organization’s work in India.

To learn more about Akshaya Patra and the Youth Ambassadors Program, please visit http://www.foodforeducation.org/youth-ambassadors-program or contact Krista McCarthy, Krista@apusa.org or 781-438-3090 x 7.

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