Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Why Not Be Both? –Signing up as a CyberGuide and an Ambassador


     Are you thinking about volunteering this year or have you already signed up to be a CyberGuide or Ambassador? Did you know you could be both? My name is Alexis Mundis and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for eCYBERMISSION.  I’m your go-to person for any and all volunteer related questions. 

      Let me start off by explaining the roles of a CyberGuide and an Ambassador.  CyberGuides are civilian or military Volunteers with an active Department of Defense security clearance OR a cleared FBI background check who provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION Teams.  CyberGuides use their understanding of STEM to help students in their research process and encourage students while they complete their Mission.  How do students contact you to ask questions? Students can ask questions in forums or in instant chat rooms that allow you to interact with the students at your convenience.

Ambassadors are civilian or military Volunteers with an active Department of Defense security clearance or Federal Background check who promote the eCYBERMISSION Program in their community by visiting schools in their community to encourage participation and a chance to earn savings bonds for their students, reaching out to STEM or like-minded organizations to help promote the program and future participation and recruiting colleagues and friends to Volunteer for the program or form teams. Not sure who to reach out to? I can help you with identifying people and places that could use a visit from you to inform them about eCYBERMISSION. 

     I know you’re ready to go register right now ( and I want you to) but before you do, let me explain to you why you should consider signing up to be both a CyberGuide and an Ambassador.  CyberGuides know the importance of STEM knowledge especially for the upcoming generations that are this country’s future professors, researchers, employees and visionaries.  As someone within the STEM profession, you can offer a unique perspective in your community. CyberGuides who are also Ambassadors for eCYBERMISSION can bring real world value to community members considering starting a team.

     Ambassadors are already knowledgeable about the program and believe in the impact eCYBERMISSION can have on students and the community.  The passion Ambassadors share for STEM knowledge would make great CyberGuides to help student teams along while completing their Mission Folder. 

    So how do you get started? If you haven’t registered at all yet, visit www.ecybermission.com and complete the registration form and your background check information. If you’ve already registered to be a CyberGuide or Ambassador, just fill out the registration for the second role and I will send you everything you need to serve both roles. It’s fast and simple but can have a huge impact on your community and those students that participate in eCYBERMISSION. If you have additional questions about signing up, just contact me at volunteerprogram@ecybermission.com.

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