Everything you need to know about the Artona Ambassador Program

Himika, 2021 Ambassador from John Oliver Secondary

We're all about creating strong and long-lasting relationships with everyone we work with. The students we photograph are at the heart of our business we wouldn't be here if it weren't for them. Every year, we photograph thousands of students and form unique relationships with each one. We get to meet their families, friends and learn about their hobbies, goals and future plans. With the conversations we have been having on our social media about #studentmentalhealth over the last year, new layers to these relationships are forming.

We want to continue growing these meaningful connections.

In 2019, we started the Artona Ambassador Program with this goal in mind. Although we only worked with a handful of students, the impact they had was huge. As advocates for their graduating class, they helped co-create a better Artona experience for everyone. In 2020, we welcomed 14 ambassadors from different schools across the lower mainland. The relationships that we formed with them and they formed with one another have truly been invaluable.

We are looking forward to offering this exclusive opportunity again to the class of 2022.

Madhav, 2021 Ambassador from Hugh McRoberts Secondary

So what exactly is an Artona ambassador?

An Artona ambassador is a high school student who is about to graduate. They are involved with their school community, such as with student council or yearbook, along with these qualities:

  • They are interested in gaining work experience or IDS experience with Artona that may lead to future employment opportunities

  • They are comfortable with giving permission to Artona to share their photos online and in schools

  • They are interested in being an advocate for themselves and fellow classmates

  • They are active on social media through their personal account, school account or both

  • They are enthusiastic, collaborative and an excellent communicator

What does an Artona ambassador have to do?

  • Come to our studio in Vancouver to have grad photos taken early. Ambassadors must be available to take their photos in early July 2021 (the exact dates are to be confirmed)

  • Volunteer as a student coordinator at both original photo day and retake day at their school

  • Attend monthly meetings throughout the school year (either online or in-person) with fellow ambassadors and Artona team leaders

  • Share their photos and post about their Artona experience on social media, including Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and more

  • Be the face of Artona at their school

What do students get for being an Artona ambassador?

  • Be part of an exclusive crew and get to know Artona behind the scenes

  • Receive over $500 in product sponsorship, including free digital images and prints from their portrait session

  • Artona swag (yes, we have swag)

  • Complete work experience hours

  • Build a professional network

  • Gain valuable skills, including leadership, marketing and communications

Anaam, 2021 Ambassador from LA Matheson Secondary

How can students apply? How do they get selected?

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021/22 school year. However, we have already chosen ambassadors from the list of schools below. If your school is not on this list, we encourage you to apply. The deadline has been extended again until August 30, 2021. Burnaby South Secondary

Crofton House

Delview Secondary

Eric Hamber Secondary School

Fraser Heights Secondary School

Gleneagle Secondary School

Holy Cross Regional High School

Hugh McRoberts Secondary

John Oliver

L.A. Matheson

North Surrey Secondary

Port Moody Secondary

Princess Margaret Secondary

R.C Palmer

Saint Patrick's Regional Secondary

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

Templeton Secondary

Terry Fox Secondary

Vancouver Technical Secondary

Tamanawis Secondary School We will be vetting all applicants with their school's Vice Principal, counselor and/or grad advisor to ensure they are a good fit. Due to the high volume of applicants, only the selected ambassadors will be contacted.

We thank everyone who is interested in this program and are looking forward to another year of relationship growth, connection and engagement with our student community!

Want to read more about one of our ambassadors from last year? Check out this post.


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