Become a Parent Ambassador!
Interested in being a Parent Ambassador?
We are looking for parents/guardians and adult family members of current ETHS students who are interested in volunteering to connect with families of current and prospective students and being advocates for the school in the community and in our feeder schools. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other important adult family members are encouraged to apply.
Any parent/guardian or adult family member can apply to become a Parent Ambassadors by:
- Meeting the eligibility requirements: parent/guardian or adult family member (age 25+) of a current ETHS student
- Completing Parent Ambassador Interest Form
- Attending the Parent Ambassador training held in the spring
- Completing the ETHS Volunteer Form
- Completing and clearing a criminal background check for District 202
The Parent Ambassador application process is open throughout the school year, but recruitment occurs each spring. Information about the application process is shared with parents on the ETHS website and through email. Current Parent Ambassadors can also provide more information regarding the application process. Please refer to the Parent Ambassador Resources page for links to the interest form and additional information.
What is the level of commitment to be involved in the Parent Ambassador program? Parent Ambassadors commit to a one-school year renewable term which includes participating in one training session, attending four meetings, and volunteering for several events or activities. We know that our families are very busy, so the level of participation is as much or as little as you can do. In addition to attending events on campus, there are a variety of other ways Parent Ambassadors can help, including:
- Writing welcome cards to new ETHS families
- Participating in parent panels, school committees, and focus groups
- Connecting families and community residents with the high school in various settings
- Helping to publicize and support events
Do I have to be an "expert" on ETHS in order to be an Ambassador? No. We are looking for Parent Ambassadors who are interested in supporting current and prospective families by sharing their experiences and impressions about ETHS. Parents want to hear about your perspective as a current parent, guardian or family member. The Parent Ambassador training session and program materials will provide you with the additional knowledge you need to be a successful guide on various topics.
I am already a member of a parent group (Boosters, E-BAN, ETHS Parents Engaged, Latino Advisory Committee). Can I also be a Parent Ambassador? Yes! Being a member of an ETHS parent group increases your effectiveness as a Parent Ambassador. As a Parent Ambassador, you can encourage new parents and family members to become further involved in your particular group.
My child is a senior this year. Can I still be a Parent Ambassador? Our Parent Ambassadors volunteer as long as they have at least one current student at ETHS. At the end of the school year, Parent Ambassadors who have graduating seniors and no other current ETHS students will "graduate" from the program along with their student.
Is there a fee to participate? No. There is no fee to participate in the Parent Ambassador program.
Why do Parent Ambassador applicants need to pass a criminal history background check? Criminal background checks are required for all volunteers (including parents) who may have unsupervised contact with students. This practice helps to ensure the safety of every student in the district. As a Parent Ambassador, you will spend time on campus with parents, staff, and students. At times, you may be paired up directly with Student Ambassadors in an unsupervised situation. The background check is performed using fingerprint scan technology. Completed checks are maintained in a confidential manner at the district Human Resources office. Volunteers may not begin until they have been cleared. No criminal background check is needed for those who have volunteered at ETHS in the recent past and have already had a criminal background check.