UND student representing North Dakota as Youth Service America Ambassador


Kate Menzies

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Hannah Bahnmiller, an anthropology and geography student at the University of North Dakota and Global Friends Coalition volunteer, has been named North Dakota's Youth Service America (YSA) Ambassador.

Bahnmiller, a native of Warroad, Minn., received a grant through the Youth Ambassador Program, which is part of Youth Service America (YSA) and Festival of Children Foundation. This year-long ambassadorship will help youth (ages 16-22) combat critical issues facing young people today.

Bahnmiller will use her grant proceeds to partner with the Resilient Youth Program which matches high school English language learners at Red River High School with young adults, primarily UND students. Hannah will coordinate activities for the program and align volunteers who will help with homework, help build English skills and confidence and serve as positive role models to students.

Bahnmiller also is a volunteer for Global Friends Coalition. The Global Friends Coalition aims to bring together individuals and organizations to foster refugee (New American) integration through work with New Americans and the Greater Grand Forks Community.

Brahnmill was one of 51 National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassadors selected, one per state and the District of Columbia in September – National Child Awareness Month.

As a YSA Ambassador, Bahnmiller recently traveled to Washington D.C., for a three-day leadership conference. She also received a $1,000 grant to support the development of her chosen youth-focused service initiative, as well as ongoing networking and training opportunities.