Community Ambassador Program

Overview

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and its Go Human Program, along with California Walks (CalWalks), have developed the Community Safety Ambassador Training Program (Ambassador Program) for Imperial, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The program is operated by CalWalks with funding from SCAG and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)

About The Program

The Ambassador Program is a community engagement and leadership development opportunity working with 20 community members per county to complete a training program to build capacity and improve walking and biking safety. The program seeks to strengthen collaboration with local community spaces and stakeholders to make Imperial, San Bernardino, and Ventura  counties safer and more pleasant places to navigate on foot or on wheels.

The Ambassador Program is a paid training opportunity that consists of educational and engagement strategies to improve safety through virtual interactive workshops. All successful Ambassadors will earn $500 for participating and supporting facilitation in virtual Training Sessions and accompanying Workshops, as well as co-developing and executing an Activation project.  All program activities will be hosted remotely through an online platform, and not in-person due to COVID-19. Ambassadors will be compensated upon completion of the Ambassador Program, including youth.

Training Coverage

  • How to conduct walk and bike assessments 
  • How to create and support community walking or biking efforts 
  • How to identify safe places to walk and bike  
  • How to talk to your city & county about infrastructure changes 
  • How to collect and where to see crash data for your community 
  • How to advocate for sidewalks and other safety improvements

Potential Activation Projects 

  • Community safety conversations
  • Community surveys  
  • Walk or bike assessment, pending local COVID-19 public health guidelines 
  • Distribution of educational safety materials 
  • Campaign to engage city or county staff, neighbors, or other stakeholders 

Application Process and Timeline

Community residents, leaders, and/or faith groups are encouraged to apply. Youth leaders (16 years of age and up), school or school district staff, school leaders, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and others committed to leadership development and safer streets are all eligible to sign up. 

To apply, fill out the Community Safety Ambassador Program Application form (Also available in Spanish). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants are still being accepted.

Eligible candidates can also download PDF versions of the application form. 

Ambassador Program Application English
Ambassador Program Application Spanish

The program guidelines are also available in English and Spanish. 

  • Application Deadline: Rolling basis, with early consideration by April 30, 2021 
  • Final Ambassador Selection: Conducted on a rolling basis until 7 days before Listening and Training Session 1 (early May), or until the roster is full for each county.
  • Note: Selected Ambassadors must submit a liability waiver and W9. Cal Walks will provide forms after Ambassadors are notified they have been selected. 

Each Ambassador cohort, per County, will identify and create a training schedule, including days and times, during the initial Listening Session.

Contact

For more information contact Dorothy Le Suchkova, SCAG Senior Regional Planner, at (213) 236-1932 or suchkova@scag.ca.gov. For questions or help filling out the application, contact Edgar at edgar@calwalks.org or by phone at (714) 715-6130. Assistance is also available in Spanish.