Teen Ambassador Program



The Teen Ambassador Program is a group of determined high school juniors and seniors with the collective goal to empower the mission of the Ronald McDonald House through service. The pillars of the group are Leadership, Advocacy, Fundraising, and Community Awareness. Members are selected to serve as stewards of Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities. Members will gain leadership, fundraising, and personal development experience during their year of service as a Teen Ambassador. Additionally, members will serve as ambassadors in area schools and the community. Upon the successful completion of this program, teens will receive a graduation cord along with a letter of recommendation for college, scholarship, or job opportunities to include with their resumes from a world-renowned children’s charity.



The Teen Ambassador program shall be comprised of junior and senior high school students from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia high schools, including home schools. The Teen Ambassador program shall have a minimum of 10 members and a maximum of 20 members annually. Students will be chosen based on prior leadership and service experience, academic performance, and community impact essay. Application materials will be used to select Teen Ambassador members.


Meeting Structure

The Teen Ambassadors will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:00pm-6:00pm, September through May with the exception of holidays, organizational conflicts, and schedule adjustments. In addition to the monthly meetings, Teen Ambassadors will be required to volunteer at our Shamrock Shuffle 5k on March 15th and one additional in-House volunteer activity outside of regular meeting times. Missing more than 4 meetings will result in dismissal from the program.



  • Attend and actively participate in all meetings.
  • Come appropriately dressed and prepared for meetings with all required materials.
  • Attend Shamrock Shuffle 5k and chosen service activity.
  • Raise funds or host a supply drive fundraiser.
  • Embrace opportunities to engage your school and community with the House or educate others about Ronald McDonald House Charities.



About The Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City

The Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House opened its home in Johnson City, TN, and has since managed to provide a temporary “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children throughout the Southern Appalachian region. Forty (40) counties located throughout Northeast TN, Southwest VA, and Eastern KY and covering a 125-mile radius outside the city limits of Johnson City are served by this regional facility.

Our house is nestled in a scenic wooded area across from Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee. Making it convenient for parents who have been uprooted from their daily lives to be near their seriously ill child, yet have a temporary nurturing environment to sleep in, have the comforts of a “home-away-from-home,” support, and peace-of-mind so they can focus and be readily available if there is an emergency with their child.



FInal Teen Ambassador Application