When and where will the Summit be held in 2019?
The 2019 Student Ambassador Summit will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 16 to 19, 2019.
How do students apply to attend the Summit?
The Summit application will be open from January 3, 2019, to March 24, 2019, for qualified students who have reached Level Four (45,000+ Points).
There are two ways qualified students can apply to attend the Summit:
- Apply to become a State Ambassador: Qualified students who achieve Level Four (45,000+ Points) may apply for a chance to be selected as a State Ambassador and attend the Summit free of charge. If a student has already served as a State Ambassador in previous years, he or she may not be considered for the role of State Ambassador again but may apply to Pay to Attend.
- Apply to Pay to Attend as a School Ambassador: Qualified students who achieve Level Four (45,000+ Points) may apply for a chance to be selected to Pay to Attend the Summit as School Ambassadors. These select students will need to pay the cost of the four-day event package of $775. In addition, School Ambassadors are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel.
After the application is complete, the Fuel Up to Play 60 team will review it. All students with approved applications who are not selected as State Ambassadors will be invited to pay to attend as School Ambassadors.
What does “qualified student” mean?
In addition to earning at least 45,000 Points on their FuelUptoPlay60.com Dashboard, students must meet the following qualifications to attend the 2019 Summit :
Must be at least 11 years old by July 31, 2019. If a student is under 13, he or she must have a completed Parent Permission Form on FuelUpToPlay60.com.
Must be entering at least 6th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Must have a Program Advisor registered at his or her school.
Please note, the Fuel Up to Play 60 team will be validating the above information throughout the application process. Students who do not meet the above requirements will not be allowed to attend the Summit.
Why is there a minumum student age or grade level to attend the Summit?
The Summit is an intensive, multi-day experience that requires a high level of maturity, independence and the ability to put into action what is learned throughout the following school year. Because of the travel requirements and the length of the sessions, students must be at least 11 years old by July 31, 2019, and entering the 6th grade in 2019–2020 to attend the Summit. If students do not meet these requirements, we invite them to continue to earn Points, implement the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at their school and apply to attend a Summit in the future! Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made to this rule.
What if a student is not at Level Four yet?
The only way for students to reach Level Four is to keep earning Points! Students can lead Plays, report Challenges, complete Mini-Lessons and more to earn additional Points to achieve Level Four (45,000+ Points). For more information, check out the Earning Points with Fuel Up to Play 60 Guide.
What are Student Ambassadors responsible for after the Summit?
Students are expected to lead the programs in their schools and communities, and will receive a Check-In list with detailed activities for them to complete and report back on throughout the following school year. Other responsibilities include writing posts for The Huddle, recruiting Program Advisors and other students, and being motivational leaders for national initiatives.
When and how will State Ambassadors be selected?
State Ambassadors are selected by their local Dairy Councils after their applications have been approved and recommended by the national Fuel Up to Play 60 team. Students will be notified in spring 2019 via email or phone after all State Ambassadors have been selected. The number of State Ambassadors selected will depend on each Dairy Council's need. Students who have already attended the Summit as a State Ambassador may not be selected as a State Ambassador again but will be invited to Pay to Attend the Summit if their applications are approved.
If a student attended the Summit previously as a State Ambassador, can he or she apply to attend the Summit this year?
Yes, although a student cannot be a State Ambassador more than once. If a student has already attended the Summit as a State Ambassador, he or she can complete an application for a chance to be invited to Pay to Attend the Summit.
If a student chooses Pay to Attend the Summit, how and when will he or she know if he or she has been selected?
If a student chooses the Pay to Attend option, he or she will be notified via email or phone if his or her application was approved and will be invited. If a student is interested in fundraising to pay his or her own way to attend the Summit, Fuel Up to Play 60 recommends that the student start right away!
If a student paid to attend a previous Summit, can he or she apply to attend the Summit this year?
Yes! Students who paid to attend a previous Summit may apply to be considered for State Ambassador as long as they reach Level Four by the Summit Application deadline, meet basic Summit qualifications and have not been selected as a State Ambassador before. If they wish, students may also apply for the pay-to-attend option again this year.
How much does it cost to pay to attend the Summit?
The event package to pay to attend the Summit is $775; this does not include travel to and from the Summit. The event package must be paid in full by June 10, 2019.
What does the cost of the Pay-to-Attend Event Package cover?
The event package covers the cost of lodging for three nights, ground transportation, meals (dinner on Day One through lunch on Day Four), the cost of the Summit workshops and any additional excursions planned as part of the Summit.
What is not included in the cost of the Pay-to-Attend event package?
The cost of travel to and from the Summit (e.g., air or train fare) is not covered by the Pay to Attend event package.
How can I pay for the event package?
When a student is invited to pay to attend the Summit, she or he will receive a link to a registration page through Eventbrite. There are two options:
- Credit card (must be paid in full at the time of registration via the website).
- Check (may be mailed at a later date, either in full or in installments).
If you choose to pay via check in multiple installments via check, the full cost of the event package must be received by June 10, 2019.
How can students fundraise to pay for the event package, should they choose to pay to attend the Summit?
Fundraising resources and ideas are available on the Summit page on FuelUpToPlay60.com, or students can email Summit@FuelUpToPlay60.com for suggestions.
Are there scholarships available if a student chooses to Pay to Attend the Summit?
Scholarships to help offset the costs of attending the Summit are often offered through our partners and Dairy Councils; however, there is no separate application process to be considered for a scholarship. The Summit team will be in touch if there is a scholarship opportunity available in your area.
How will specific needs (for example, medication or food restrictions) be accommodated at the Summit?
If a child attending the Summit has any specific needs, there will be an opportunity to share that information during registration. The Summit team will work closely with parents to accommodate each child's needs to the best of its abilities on a case-by-case basis.
Can a parent who is not a Program Advisor attend the Summit?
If parents would like to travel with their children to drop them off before the Summit and pick them up afterward, they are welcome to do so but at their own expense (transportation, lodging and meals). Parents are also responsible for making their own travel, lodging and meal arrangements. Parents are not able to attend regular Summit workshops or activities unless they are invited to a specific activity. Parents will receive more information about any open activities if their child is accepted and registers for the Summit.
How can a Program Advisor attend the Summit?
There are two ways for a Program Advisor to be invited to attend the Summit:
- Receive an invitation from the Local Dairy Council to attend with a State Ambassador. Program Advisors with students who are selected to attend the Summit as State Ambassadors may be invited to attend with their students. If selected by their local Dairy Councils. One Program Advisor will be required to attend with each State Ambassador.
- Complete an application and attend with a qualified and approved Ambassador. The application for Program Advisors to get a chance to attend the Summit will open on the Educator Dashboard from January 3 through March 10, 2019.
To be eligible to apply, Program Advisors must meet the following criteria:
- Your school must have at least one student eligible to apply to attend the Summit.
- Student must be at Level Four (45,000+ Points).
- Student must be at least 11 years old by July 31, 2019.
- Student must be entering at least the 6th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.
- You must be registered as a Program Advisor at your school. (Make sure the Program Advisor box is checked off on your Dashboard.)
If a Program Advisor completes an application and is selected to attend the Summit, he or she will not be responsible for any travel arrangements or the costs of the event package and travel.
Do Program Advisors have to pay to attend the Summit?
No. Regardless of whether a Program Advisor is selected to attend with a State Ambassador or is selected for his or her application to attend with a qualified and approved Ambassador, the cost of the Summit event package and travel expenses will be covered.
Is a Program Advisor required to attend the Summit with an Ambassador?
Yes. Every State Ambassador is required to attend the Summit with one Program Advisor. Program Advisors who apply and are selected to attend the Summit will be required to attend with a qualified and approved Ambassador.
Can a Program Advisor pay to attend the Summit?
No, a Program Advisor cannot pay to attend the Summit.
Can a Program Advisor attend the Summit without a student?
No. All Program Advisors must attend the Summit with a qualified and approved Ambassador.
Will School Ambassadors get the same training as State Ambassadors?
Yes! School Ambassadors who choose the pay-to-attend option will receive the same leadership training and have the same post-Summit leadership expectations as State Ambassadors.