**Apply before the 15th January for an exclusive opportunity to meet Bill Gates in London**
What is a Global Poverty Ambassador?
Global Poverty Ambassadors are leaders in their communities who wants to take meaningful action in the fight against extreme poverty and lead their community in this fight. The Global Poverty Ambassador programme is a project of the Global Poverty Project and The Co-operative, and is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
What will I have to do?
As an Ambassador, you will be a leading voice in your community to fight extreme poverty. You will be trained to deliver the world renowned 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation which clearly, simply and deeply explains the reality of extreme poverty, progress that is being made in the fight against extreme poverty and what individuals can do in response. You will also take part in a series of monthly actions which will inform you about the issues surrounding extreme poverty and provide you with meaningful actions to take around a range of issues such as ending preventable child deaths, ethical fashion, good governance and fair trade. These actions may include be anything from writing to your local MP or calling up your local radio station.
How much time will it take?
That depends on you - we would really love for you to own this programme and make it is big as you can carry on your shoulders. We do however ask for Ambassadors to commit a minimum of 10 hours a month, this will include learning the presentation, monthly conference call, learning about various different international development issues and taking action. You'll also have engaging conversations of ending extreme poverty with people you meet and take action on campaigns we are passionate about.
I can't attend training can I still be an Ambassador?
Unfortunately the training is a core part of the programme and will be an opportunity to best equip you with the skills needed to be a changer maker in your community. So, unfortunately, if you are unable to atend either of the training days you will be unable to join the programme.
Why are you working with The Co-operative?
The Co-operative is doing more than ever to help tackle global poverty, through co-operative support, ethical trade, ethical finance and campaigning. Already their work has benefited millions of people across the developing world. The Co-operative believes that together, their members can help ensure lasting change.
2012 is the UN designated International Year of Co-operatives and so we are delighted to be working in partnership with The Co-operative Membership to equip you to be leaders for change in your communities. To Learn more about the work of The Co-operative in celebrating the international year of Co-operatives 2012 please visit www.co-operative.coop/2012
What involvement does Bill Gates have in this?
Bill Gates has tremendous dedication to end extreme global poverty and is Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has very kindly endorsed this programme and will be meeting with Ambassadors who are selected by the 15th of January at a launch event on 25th January 2012.
What kind of training should I expect?
We are developing an interactive training programme for Ambassadors that will include skills building such as: public speaking and team work, information on what is campaigning, how to influence decision makers and engaging with media.
Leading experts in the field will deliver this training.