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.
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 Arton