Attention high school students who will be juniors or seniors for the 2024 to 2025 School Year!
The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is offering the opportunity for high school students to serve as “Student Ambassadors” to the WPOA. The WPOA is a civic organization, whose purpose is to
advocate for the interests of residents in the Western Section of Garden City. The Student Ambassador
Program is designed to introduce high school students to Village Government through attendance at
Village meetings, participation in WPOA meetings, and the development and coordination of a
community service project.

Qualifications for candidates include the following:

  • Be a resident of Garden City whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are members of a POA;
  • Preferred, but not required, resident of the Western section of Garden City;
  • Be available for Village meetings and WPOA meetings and special events, such as the West’s
    annual Tree Lighting;
  • Have an interest in learning about and participating in local government.

Student Ambassador responsibilities are as follows:

  • Attend WPOA meetings (a schedule will be provided);
  • Attend one or two monthly Village government meetings (Village Trustees, Traffic,
    Environmental/Zoning, Recreation, etc.), School Board or Library Board meetings, and report
    back to the WPOA on issues discussed. Dates and agendas for Village government meetings can
    be found on the Village website at http://www.gardencityny.net/
  • Completion of the Ambassador’s agreed service project;
  • Delivery of a report to the WPOA at the end of the Ambassador’s term outlining his/her accomplishments and thoughts on ways to further improve the program.

Interested students may fill out the application online here or email it to WPOA Schools
Director Anna Surrett at anna.mistretta@gmail.com. Following submission of an
application, representatives of the WPOA will contact applicants before the selection of
Ambassadors is made.
The deadline for Student Ambassador applications is Friday, May 31, 2024 so that our
Ambassadors can begin their volunteer service as soon as possible.