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 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
How can students apply? How do they get selected?
We are currently accepting applications for the 2021/22 school year. If you are currently in grade 11 and this sounds like something you would love to do, or maybe someone you know, please submit an application below. The deadline to apply is June 13, 2021 and all chosen ambassadors will be contacted by June 21st. Please know, 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.