Who can be an ADSA Youth Ambassador?
Youth Ambassadors are just that: They are aged between 18 - 25 years of age, inspired to make a positive change in the world, and keen to work as part of a collaborative passionate people.
Youth Ambassadors support ADSA's mission to inform communities about light pollution - the world’s fastest growing pollutant. Utilising their own unique skills, interests and networks, they engage others to reduce the impact of light in our fragile natural ecosystems, to human health, and from seeing the stars.
Youth Ambassadors are committed to empowering change - anyone can act on light pollution, with immediate and satisfying results!
Why join us?
Network - meet with like-minded students and young professionals. Together with the close-knit community of ADSA you can make a tangible impact on the environment around you.
Professional training - hone your science communication, leadership, teamwork, social media and public speaking skills (valued at $1200).
Give back - work within a recognised charity organisation.
Recognition - receive a Certificate of Attainment and a letter of reference for your CV.
Be creative - use your own skills and ideas to be part of a targeted global campaign that will reach thousands of people around the world - #WorldRecordLight
Contribution - your participation in this program will directly contribute towards breaking a world record, but more importantly, help breakdown the issues of light pollution.
About the program in 2022
This 12-month ambassador program will consist of three stages:
Development: This will consist of sessions conducted by the board members. In this phase you will learn about light pollution, astronomy, ecology and science communication.
Implementation: Using these newly acquired skills and knowledge you will work with the ADSA Ambassadors from 2021, Board Members and volunteers to deliver and create content, deliver marketing strategies and conduct ADSA's key event for 2022 - #World Record Light
Celebration: After all your hard work comes the joy of success and that deserves a celebration.
#WorldRecordLight - September 23, 2022
In June 2020 the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance successfully broke the Guinness World Record for "the most number of people to participate in an online sustainability lesson in 24 hours".
With the unique talents of our ADSA Ambassadors, 2022 we are set to break this record again and bring even more awareness of the cause.
Do I need to be a scientist, an expert on light pollution, a uni student?
We are looking for all skill sets, all interests, all sorts of abilities. If you are a videographer, a musician, an administrator, a financial planner, a builder or a stay at home dad, you can apply. We are primarily looking for people who can give up some time, deliver their passion and work well with a team.
How old is a youth ambassador?
18 - 25 years of age.
How will I make a difference?
Using your talents, interest and networks, you'll help deliver an online lesson to thousands of people around the world. This could be anything from writing scripts, acting in video content, delivering social and traditional media strategies, coordinating sponsors, designing the learning platform and more... there's lots to do but every action you take will address the impacts of light pollution and will be guided by sound Science Communication principles.
What is the commitment?
The Ambassadorship will commence in February 2022 with a once a month get together aimed at coordinating the project and team. In addition to this you will receive 2 x 2 hour training sessions on science communication and encouraged to be part of our online webinars.
In the days and weeks leading up to the event, things will get busy and you'll be in demand as we finalise the record attempt and reach out to the public.
How do I apply?
We are currently accepting applications by video. In a 2 - 3 minute video - phone is fine - tell us why you would like to be an ambassador for a cause focused on light pollution, what are your unique talents and skills and how would you use these to make the #World Record Light Guinness World Record challenge a success.
Videos must be received by 31 January 2022 (5pm AEDT)
31 January - 2022 - 5pm - send in your video
10 February - Ambassadors announced
Late February - Ambassadorship begins
2021 Youth Ambassadors
Eloise is studying a Master of Environmental Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She is proud to be a woman in STEM and is currently the Events officer for the Melbourne University Environmental Engineers’ Society. Eloise is driven by her passion for sustainability and environmental protection. She hopes to have a career in this field, working towards combating and limiting environmental degradation. Eloise has always been intrigued by the dark sky; her curiosity is influenced by her family who shares an interest in astronomy. The work ADSA does is especially important to Eloise as it involves two of her passions, astronomy, and sustainability. Through her project, she hopes to provide an easily accessible platform to educate people about light pollution.
Kalycia is a Masters student at the University of Melbourne, completing her research thesis in human geography. Her interests lie within interdisciplinary and complex environmental and social issues, which address human relationships with nature. Utilising a combination of science and art, Kalycia's project with ADSA will illuminate how the disconnection from the natural world influences light pollution and its impacts - and more importantly, how this awareness could reduce light pollution in our lifetime.
Alexandra is a Wildlife and Conservation Biology student at Deakin University. She is a strong advocate for environmental protection as well as engaging youth and community groups with the environment. Through various roles at environmental non-profit organisations she has found a love of communicating science in meaningful ways to reach broader audiences. Alexandra discovered a passion for the night sky after experiences conducting wildlife research in game reserves and a chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa, where she experienced a landscape less affected by light pollution that she hopes to see closer to home. During her time at ADSA, Alexandra will aim to share the importance of combating light pollution for animals, people and the environment through social media and science communication.
Gabby is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania, studying public perceptions of light pollution. She hopes that the findings from her research will help inform better decisions around outdoor artificial lighting. She is putting together an art exhibition with ADSA to raise awareness about light pollution in an engaging and easily accessible way. She is also a board member and social media coordinator for Dark Sky Tasmania, a non-profit organisation.
Thomas Windsor became interested in ADSA through a hobby of casual astronomical observing in the dark skies of his home city, Hobart Tasmania. Outside of ADSA, Thomas is a fledgeling research scientist with a background in terrestrial ecology, chasing a career in glaciology with a particular focus on bio-signature detection in ice cores. The combination of working with nocturnal wildlife - tagging marine turtles with Pendoley Environmental, and trapping moths with his grandmother on long summer nights in the UK - allowed Thomas to see firsthand the ecological impacts of artificial light at night. This inspired the extra step of engaging with a team of capable, driven and optimistic people as an ADSA Youth Ambassador to solve a genuinely universal problem.