Junior Ambassador Program

The Texas Pork Producers Association has dedicated numerous years to advocating, educating, and encouraging Texas youth. With efforts to continue our mission of advancing a sustainable and profitable pork industry, the association was inspired to create a youth program that would generate visible youth leaders for our industry and communities.

In 2023, the Texas Pork Producers Association Junior Ambassador Program was implemented to create current and future youth advocates. Over the course of two years, junior ambassadors will participate in association events, youth tours, personal development training, and educational sessions. Junior ambassadors will encourage, educate, and serve to help take part in actively advocating wherever they are.

Meet the Texas Pork Junior Ambassadors

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Audrey Ratliff

Valley View, TX
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Braelyn Pointer

Sudan, TX
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Brooke Reininger

Marion, TX
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Kynnley Herrington

Ranger, TX
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Landri Ottmers

Fredericksburg, TX
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Landry Miller

Abernathy, TX

Junior Ambassador Applications

Applications Open Soon
Applications are open from March 1 to May 1 of each year.

What will Junior Ambassadors do?

The goal of becoming a TPPA Junior Ambassador is to motivate and educate the youth of Texas while learning more about the swine industry as a whole. Junior ambassadors will work with TPPA staff, the TPPA Board of Directors, members, and industry professionals.

Junior Ambassadors can expect to:

  • Participate in training, orientation, and self-development activities
  • Assist in facilitating all association events
  • Have the opportunity to travel to different regions of Texas to meet with different members of the swine and agricultural industry
  • Network with other junior ambassadors and youth throughout the state
  • Improve public speaking, time management, networking skills, and more
  • Provide content for the TPPA website and magazine issues
  • Pioneer new ways to improve and educate the Texas swine industry

Junior Ambassadors will attend:

  • Texas Pork Industry Conference
  • TPPA Junior Ambassador Orientation
  • TPPA Junior Ambassador Tour
  • TPPA Junior Ambassador Beginning of the Year Planning
  • Texas’ Elite Showcase
  • BBQ Austin

Guidelines

Applications open each year on March 1st and close on May 1st. Eligible applicants must be ages 17-21 as of January 1 of the application year.

Terms

Texas Pork Producers Association Junior Ambassadors will serve a term of two (2) years. Each year, four (4) junior ambassadors will be selected to serve a two (2) year term.  Every year during June, a new group of four (4) members is elected. 
**For the first year (2023), we will elect six (6) junior ambassadors. In 2024, we will move forward with selecting four (4) junior ambassadors each year.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of a written application and an interview process. All applications must be postmarked to the TPPA Office by May 1st. From there, the youth advisory committee will review all applications anonymously. Through a rubric given, applicants can earn up to 80 points. Each committee member will review and award points to each application. Once all applications are sent in, the Director of Youth and Communications will add all points together. The highest scores will be interviewed.

Applicants will be notified of their status by May 15th.

Interviews will be conducted virtually on Friday, May 24th with the applicant, an outside group of industry professionals, and the Director of Youth and Communications. The applicant will be asked questions formed by the outside group of industry professionals. Interviews will last no longer than 20 minutes. 

After all interviews are completed, the interview panel will rank the applicants individually. Rankings will determine which youth members will be selected to serve as a Texas Pork Producers Association Junior Ambassador.

Junior ambassadors will be announced within 24 hours of the final interview.

Junior Ambassador Handbook

Contact Information

Riley Reep
Director of Youth and Communications
riley@texaspork.org
806-705-6800