Ambassadors

Building awareness about the importance of the early years in the lives of Vermont's children is at the core of our work. We think of our volunteers who help us amplify this message as ambassadors for children.

Our Ambassador program is the engine of our people-powered movement. If you believe strongly that all children deserve a strong start and equal chance in life, join our campaign as an Ambassador! Signing the Petition is the first step.

Our Commitment to Ambassadors:

We will provide you with timely and relevant information on the best ways you can actively support children and their families. We know that you’re busy, so we also commit to ensuring that we create easy opportunities for you to meaningfully engage your fellow community members. And most of all, we promise to make it fun!

Perks of Being a Campaign Ambassador:

  1. We will keep you well-informed about campaign activities, news and volunteer opportunities. In fact, in many cases you might be the first to know about important updates.
  2. You can participate in our messaging, public engagement and organizing trainings.
  3. Most importantly, you'll have the opportunity to join a passionate community of like-minded Vermonters.

Our Let’s Grow Kids field team is here to help you be the best Ambassador for Vermont’s children as possible. Our field coordinators can support you by providing materials, information, training and one-on-one guidance.

Being a campaign Ambassador is fun, but it’s also an important responsibility. Staying informed on the campaign's work and attending our organizing and advocacy trainings is essential to being effective in your organizing work. Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and, if you haven’t already, please provide us with your email so that you can receive updates.

Another way to educate Vermonters in your community is by writing a letter to the editor. Policymakers and other opinion leaders in particular read letters to stay tuned to their communities. If you're interested in writing one, please contact our communications manager, Nicole Haley.

Let’s Grow Kids Action Teams

Are you already an Ambassador who's ready to take your commitment up a notch? As Let's Grow Kids focuses efforts around the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont, our Ambassadors will also begin to advocate for increased investments in the state's child care system. Being an effective advocate means knowing how to organize your community around an issue. That's why Let’s Grow Kids has begun partnering with Ambassadors and local leaders around the state to create Action Teams.

These teams, made up of Vermont parents, providers, clergy, business owners and other community members, will play a leadership role in their communities by organizing in support of high quality, affordable child care through actions such as:

  • Tabling at community events
  • Getting community members to tell their child care challenge stories to legislators
  • Writing letters to the editor in support of high quality, affordable child care
  • Organizing Let’s Grow Kids trainings in their community
  • Helping to organize and promote major events such as handing out pamphlets at Town Meeting Day

Ambassadors who join their local Action Teams will develop their advocacy skills through our new training modules, working closely with their Let’s Grow Kids field coordinator to effectively advocate for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care in their communities. Action Teams will also commit to developing their personal skills as advocates, putting themselves in the best position possible to work toward high-quality, affordable child care for every Vermont child.

To join an Action Team, please talk to your Let’s Grow Kids field coordinator today!

Connecting with Your Field Coordinator:

Each region has a local field coordinator who will be your LGK contact and resource. Please find their contact information below and on our team bios page.

Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Essex and Orleans Counties:
Amie Choiniere; amie@letsgrowkids.org; 802-347-1037

Addison, Rutland and Chittenden Counties:
Shayla Zammuto; shayla@letgrowkids.org; (802) 448-4409

Orange, Washington and Caledonia Counties:
Maroni Minter; maroni@letsgrowkids.org; (802) 242-0454

Bennington, Windham and Windsor Counties:
Vicky Senni; vicky@letsgrowkids.org; (802) 793-2744

Field Director - Statewide
Brian Maier; brian@letsgrowkids.org;