(L) Student Ambassador Michael He with Chinese cuisine pioneer Cecilia Chiang;
(M) Audrey Hui with Governor Gary Locke & 1990 Institute’s Dan Chao;
(R) Adam & Ben Guggenheim at Skywalker Ranch with Milton Chen of George Lucas Educational Foundation & 1990’s Lilly Sedaghat

Join our 2017 Student Ambassador Team

apply-nowHelp us spread the word!…while enhance your resume for college applications & career networking!

We’re seeking students in college, high school and middle school to be our evangelists. Our goal is to encourage more students to enter our Youth Voices contest and inspire more interest in China.  Any small or large amount of help would be really appreciated.

Our simple ask is to GET THE WORD OUT via a multiple of fun ways — whatever is easiest for you below.

APPLY HERE: Student Ambassador Sign-Up Form

2017 PRIZES:

  • Become a member of our new Youth Advisory Council — you’ll have input on our contest, prizes, and opportunities to get connected to cool companies and US-China executives from tech, life sciences, arts & entertainment, policy & philanthropic world.

    • We’re awarding special prizes  — cash award(s), potentially a drone or other prizes, and US-China mentor meetings & lunches to the Top Student Ambassador(s) who (a) refers the most students that submit videos and/or (b) who executes on the most creative & impactful awareness strategies.  Got an idea that’s as fun as the Mannequin Challenge?
    • To be eligible to win, you must be an Official Student Ambassador by emailing us a request for approval.
    • Winners are determined by the Ambassador(s) who (a) are listed the most often on the Contestants’ Submission forms in the “Student Ambassador Referral” field and (b) who send us links or documentation of their marketing activities  (social media links/likes/shares/posts to print & online coverage, etc. by 3rd party groups.


  • Build Your Resume — as an Ambassador, you will grow leadership, marketing, evangelism & communication skills.
  • Join the Community — Become an important member of a group of young, innovative and global-thinking leaders with the potential to make long-lasting friendships across the U.S. & beyond.
  • Networks — Access to advisers and mentors who can offer helpful perspectives on college, careers & deepening your interests.
  • Enhance Your Skills — Learn best practices & social media strategies to promote important causes, and develop your public speaking skills.
  • Press Interviews – get a chance to get interviewed by the media about our Contest
  • Attend & Engage in 1990 Institute Events — we offer up complimentary tickets to many of our 1990 Institute events, opportunities volunteer at these events (from speaker series to our Gala) and the chance to do some public speaking and mingle with our VIPs.
  • Compete in Our Contest  — use your outreach effort to find great teammates to submit a winning Video Entry. Ambassadors are eligible to compete in our contest, except for exceptions listed in our Official Rules here.


  •  Word of Mouth
Tell your friends & classmates to enter!  Get them to like us on Facebook & follow us @1990Institute
  • Handout YVOC Flyers
Distribute them to friends, teachers & classmates.  Print out student flyers here or request delivery for our printed versions (yes, use the “teacher request form”)
Ask them and other school faculty to promote the Contest at your middle school or high school who teach social studies, economics, Chinese language, video/media, etc.
  •  Post on Social Media
  • Post, share & tweet about YVOC using #YouthVoicesOnChina (see template).
  • Create a Vine or Instagram on your favorite Chinese food
  • Snapchat a video of Chinese grannies dancing in a park
  • Take a selfie outside the White House, or post something on your blog.
  • Do a skit or video on the funny things that happen when we don’t understand other cultures.
  • Be sure to like us on Facebook & follow us @1990Institute  too!
  • Enlist Your Community
Ask them to help spread the word!   Invite youth groups, youth media groups & student club leaders, too!
  • Get Press & Social Media Coverage
Invite your school’s newspaper, newsletter, and website/communications staff to write about us before and after the contest.  Maybe you’ll get interviewed!

Have a favorite icon, US-China expert or YouTube star you want to reach out to?  Do a video that interviews them and gets them to encourage students to enter!  Or come up with a viral hashtag campaign or a Mannequin Challenge-like idea!

Our Current & Past 20+  Ambassadors include:


Georgetown University Washington, D.C. Natalie Kaliss, ’18
Harvard University Massachusetts Michael He ’18
Mills College California Emma Ishii, ’16
University of Georgia Georgia Josh Phillips, ’13
University of California – Berkeley California Adena Ishii, ’15
University of Southern California California Chanelle Yang, ’15
University of the Pacific California Alanna Onishi ’16


Middle School
& High School

Menlo-Atherton High School Atherton, CA Will S.
The Dalton School New York, NY Kyle C.
The Hamlin School San Francisco, CA Audrey H.
The Harker School Mountain View, CA Kaylan H.
The Harker School Mountain View, CA Charlotte H.
Hunter College High School New York, NY Meredith P.
James Logan High School Union City, CA Isaac T.
Lowell High School San Francisco, CA Nick K.
Lycee International de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Ming-An F.
Lycee International de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Ming-Wei F.
Castilleja School Palo Alto, CA Jordan M.
University High School San Francisco, CA Angela H.
Woodside Elementary School (CA) Woodside, CA Julianna R.
Woodside Elementary School (CA) Woodside, CA Sam R.

2 Responses to “Student Ambassadors 2017”

  1. Lisa Spivey

    I’d be happy to have the posted at my daughter’s high school (Gateway High School) in San Francisco, and also on the FCC site (Families with Children from China). If there is a good link, I can also post on my LinkedIn, Facebook etc…..I have asked if C-100 can post on their website too.

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