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Resilience Ambassador Workshop

Resilience Ambassador Workshop: Summer 2024

The WVU Center for Resilient Communities announces its first Resilience Ambassador Program, to be held in the Summer of 2024. The CRC has embarked on an innovative project to accompany the next generation of change-makers in a collaborative process to assess the vulnerability of flood hazards in their communities in teams. Students will learn the concepts, skills, information, and attitudes that might increase our preparedness for future flood disasters.

The CRC, in partnership with the Mountain Hydrology Lab and WVU Extension, invites youth across Monongalia County to come together and participate in our Resilience Ambassador Program. This three-day program invites the next generation to make a leadership commitment and to grow in their capacity to cooperate, promote mutual aid, and build unity of thought and action toward a more equitable future for all.

The Resilience Ambassador Program prepares pre-college students ages 15 to 19 to lead community-building efforts in their neighborhoods, small towns, and rural homeplaces. We will dig into our sense of place and purpose, our story, and how we can collectively come together to build community resilience to disasters. With real-life scenarios, we will learn to map out and analyze the problems our communities face, assess flood risk, and how to foster unity of action in planning. 

Through the Resilience Ambassador Program, youth will gain knowledge and experience in community-based research and social action, forge deep connections with friends and leaders in our region and beyond, and find purpose in making their contribution to the well-being of their peers, neighbors, community, and region. Through the program, the WVU Center for Resilient Communities aims to coalesce a growing circle of emerging leaders who are advancing social, economic, and environmental justice. Join today to chart a new path of service!

Complete Interest Form or Nominate: Deadline June 28th, 2024
We invite you to complete our application form  or nominate a creative youth who is committed to serving communities for our three-day program focused on developing and honing their capabilities for building community resilience to flooding.

Resilience Ambassador FAQS:

When is the program?

Our summer 2024 program will be held from August 1st - 3rd.

How much does it cost to attend?

The program fee for 2024 is $125. The program fee includes curriculum facilitation and activities. 

What is the contact information for the program?

All programmatic questions or concerns should be directed to Grace Dever. Her email is 

What is a Resilience Ambassador?

A resilience ambassador is a young person in your community who is trained in leadership, community building, and critical thinking to increase preparedness to future flood disasters. A resilience ambassador considers the dignity, health, and well-being of all people and is prepared to contribute to and serve their community.

Who can apply to be a Resilience Ambassador?

The application process is open to youth between the ages of 15 to 19 years old who are residents of West Virginia. Pre-college students. 

Is financial assistance available for Resilience Ambassador registration?

Yes, please contact Grace Dever at for more information.

What are the Resilience Ambassador Program hours?

The program will run from August 1st through the 3rd, starting promptly at 8:30 am and ending at 5:00 pm. CRC staff and affiliates will be supervising, instructing, motivating, and empowering their teams throughout the program.

When is the application deadline?

Interest forms and applications will be accepted up until June 28th, 2024.