Ambassadors for Respect

“You taught us not [to] be afraid of being different.” – Student

“It is an important message that kids need to hear over and over again.” – Teacher

Ambassadors for Respect, a program of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, is an anti-bullying campaign for fourth grade elementary school students that supports self-advocates by promoting the development of leadership and presentation skills.

Goals

Intended outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities are an increase in independence, productivity, self-determination, and community integration and inclusion. Concurrently, students who participate in Ambassadors for Respect workshops learn about the importance of including others, using people-first language, and being an advocate for oneself and others.

Results

Ambassadors for Respect presenting to fourth grade students
4th grade students attending an Ambassadors for Respect workshop.

When first launched in 2013, Ambassadors for Respect gave 11 presentations at three elementary schools reaching 345 fourth grade students. In 2019, 991 students participated in an Ambassadors for Respect workshop.

In addition, Ambassadors for Respect has received numerous awards for its innovative approach to the problem of bullying: The Arc Minnesota’s Community Innovation Award (2014), MOHR’s Life Enrichment Award (2018), and a Minnesota State Government Innovation Award (2019).

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Ambassadors for Respect, please contact Donnally Moua at DonnallyM@MerrickInc.org.