History and Purpose
The SCDAA National Child/Teen Ambassador Competition, formally the Poster Child Contest, started in 1976 with 8-year-old Bridgette Earby of Oakland, California.
The role of the National Teen Ambassador is to serve as a Goodwill Ambassador by:
Making public appearances on behalf of SCDAA.
Acting as an emissary to various public officials.
Being a positive example and role model to other teens and others with sickle cell disease.
Educating the public and assisting in securing public and private sector support for the SCDAA mission.
Benefits of being appointed the National Teen Ambassador include exposure through public appearances, public service announcements, news releases, brochures, posters and other promotional related materials, travel stipends to the SCDAA National Conventions during his/her reign, and two tickets to a concert of the Ambassador’s choice in his/her hometown.
The National Teen Ambassador reigns for two years, beginning in the month of October with the official coronation taking place at SCDAA’s Annual National Convention.