January 30, 2013 (SAN DIEGO, CA) – Better Business Bureau of San Diego and Imperial Counties (BBB) is offering high school Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to earn money for college through their participation in the peer-to-peer advising program Student Ambassador.
BBB’s Student Ambassador program aims to bring smart consumer information to high school age students, who are often the target of scam artists and credit card companies. In order to make the material more palatable for teenagers, the BBB trains volunteer students who then deliver speeches to their peers and classmates.
“High school age students are often hit hard by scammers because they tend to be naïve and have high disposable incomes,” said BBB President and CEO Sheryl Bilbrey. “This program gives teenagers the tools to fight back against scammers and become smart adult consumers.”
Established in 2005, the Student Ambassador program has grown tremendously over the years, with participants from private, public and charter high schools that range from Imperial to San Ysidro, from Carlsbad to Fallbrook.
The BBB encourages students to participate in the Student Ambassador program not just for the chance to win a scholarship that will be put towards college, but to build their resume, as well as take advantage of an opportunity for personal growth. Public speaking is a common fear, and with the practice of speaking to groups of their peers, many Student Ambassador participants will have the tools to overcome that fear.
“Having the ability to speak clearly and confidently to your peers is instrumental at any age,” said Bilbrey. “Mastering that skill while you are still in high school is invaluable.”
Though not all applicants will be able to receive a scholarship from the BBB’s Student Ambassador sponsor Union Bank, each Ambassador will be recognized for their service in the program and will be able to use the experience on their resumes for college.
The deadline to apply for this advantageous program is February 15th. Interested parties should go to http://sandiego.bbb.org/studentambassador to apply; call 858.496.2131 or email Brenna Simon at email@example.com for more information.
The non-profit organization Better Business Bureau of San Diego and Imperial Counties opened in 1921, and is San Diego’s largest county-wide business membership organization with more than 6,400 accredited businesses and charities. The BBB provides free pre-purchase information and advice to consumers. Its website is viewed over 7,700 per day, and houses business reviews on more than 50,000 local companies. Before buying decisions are made, consumers are encouraged to phone the BBB's free 24-hour Consumer Helpline at (858) 496-2131, or visit the website at bbb.org, to obtain free pre-purchase information and a list of BBB Accredited Businesses by type of industry.
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Better Business Bureau, San Diego