NPT Youth Leadership Program


The Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Program has expanded and is now our new NPT Youth Leadership Program! The goal of the leadership program is to promote the mission of National Park Trust and inspire future park lovers, stewards, and advocates – because kids need parks, and parks need kids!

Earlier this year, we solicited applicants to replace two of our current Buddy Bison Ambassadors, Tigran Nahabedian (CA) and Sarah Hullihen (NJ) who are moving to high school. From the outpouring of interest, we quickly realized the need to create the broader NPT Youth Leadership Program. What was once “just” our Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Program with 4 elementary and middle school students who support our mission on a local and national level, has now grown to 18 to include our newest categories: Buddy Bison Student Representatives (providing more local community support) and our Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Alumni who can still actively promote our mission during their busy high school years.

All of our leaders will enjoy discovering and sharing their park experiences through our digital platforms. Best of all they can receive special access to park events meeting VIPs, park officials, rangers plus many students and their families wherever they go.

The Buddy Bison Ambassador Program was created in 2015 as our country prepared for the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service. Our first Ambassador Tigran, set the bar high with his creative and exciting ideas to connect kids to park. He was followed by Sarah, Audrey Elliott (NC) and Bryan Wilson (AZ).

Our leaders proudly represent 13 states and Washington, DC and span the ages of 9 to 15. Congratulations and welcome to our newest members! We look forward to following your stories about your park adventures!

Buddy Bison Student Ambassadors

Audrey Elliott

Audrey Elliott

Nebo, NC
Since 2017
Bryan Wilson

Bryan Wilson

Navajo Nation, AZ
Since 2018
Ethan Basile

Ethan Basile

Beaverton, OR
Since 2019
Joslyn Stamp

Joslyn Stamp

Bellevue, NE
Since 2019

 

 

Buddy Bison Student Representatives

Aidan Robers

Aidan Robers

Clarksville, TN
Since 2019
Clara Timmons

Clara Timmons

Shawnee, OK
Since 2019
Darren Gillespie

Darren Gillespie

Washington, DC
Since 2019
Declan Lagueux

Declan Lagueux

Eastvale, CA
Since 2019
Kate McNerney

Kate McNerney

Merrick, NJ
Since 2019
Noah Lagueux

Noah Lagueux

Eastvale, CA
Since 2019
Paige Neil

Paige Neil

Gig Harbor, WA
Since 2019
Penny Robledo

Penny Robledo

Indio, CA
Since 2019
Robbie Bond

Robbie Bond

Reno, NV
Since 2019
Sam Mandell

Sam Mandell

West Chester, PA
Since 2019
Sofía Dussán

Sofía Dussán

Ann Arbor, MI
Since 2019
Taylor Vero

Taylor Vero

Pine Bush, NY
Since 2019

 

 

Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Alumni

Tigran Nahabedian

Tigran Nahabedian

Ojai, CA
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador
2015-2019
Sarah Hullihen

Sarah Hullihen

Vineland, NJ
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador
2016-2019
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