What is NJCASA’s Social Media Ambassador Program?
Since 2015, NJCASA’s Social Media Ambassador (SMA) volunteer program empowers social media activists in N.J. to:
- Support survivors
- Start conversations about sexual assault prevention
- Create safer online spaces
As partners of NJCASA and proponents of our work, SMAs like and comment on our content, share announcements and events to further boost awareness of NJCASA’s projects, and initiate critical conversations about prevention, awareness, and more.
become an ambassador
We’re looking for virtual volunteers who are:
- Passionate about media
- Always asking their friends, “Did you see this?”
- Committed to promoting and creating safer spaces online
NJCASA annually reviews applications in advance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), to increase conversations during SAAM and throughout the year.
Interested in joining our 2017 Ambassadors? Submit an application by Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Following the review process, accepted Ambassadors will receive training on NJCASA, sexual violence, and social media guidelines. If you believe your passion and presence qualifies you to become an Ambassador, apply today!
Follow the 2016-2017 Social Media Ambassadors
Becca graduated from Connecticut College in 2008 with a major in dance and minors in philosophy and film studies, all of which she still enjoys pursuing in her free time. She is currently a law student at Rutgers University-Newark and is an editor for the Rutgers Women’s Rights Law Reporter. This is Becca’s second year as a Social Media Ambassador for NJCASA.
“As a Social Media Ambassador, I want to use my voice not only to empower myself, but also to empower anyone who may be suffering in silence.”
Brielle has a Master’s Degree in Corporate and Public Communication where she wrote a thesis on the motivations of volunteers in sexual assault support advocacy groups and their communication strategies to survivors. Brielle works full time for the NJ Dept. of Labor and teaches as an adjunct professor. What matters to Brielle? Her dog Holly who is like Brielle in dog-form, her ambition to always better and educate herself, and her love to help others. This will be Brielle’s second year as a Social Media Ambassador.
“After working with the volunteers of a sexual assault support advocacy program, I wanted to do my part to help. I want to get the word out about sexual assault and show people the simple things they can do to broaden their awareness on the issue and support a survivor.”
Kristen started out in the victim advocacy movement through a random internship placement during her undergraduate studies at Temple University. Little did she know that it would evolve her into a social justice advocate. Kristen completed her Psychology degree and went on to finish a Master’s in Administration of Human Services and is currently working for her local domestic and sexual violence advocacy program. With the free time she has left after a long day of fighting the patriarchy, Kristen likes to hang out with her dog and quietly meditate in the form of binge-watching Netflix.
“Social media is not just a way to keep in touch with the world anymore – it is a tool that we can use to influence and shape our culture. My professional relationship with NJCASA has fueled my passion; no matter where I stand, it will always be “on a soapbox”, using my voice to speak out against sexual violence. Being a Social Media Ambassador is one more way that I can empower my social network to promote gender equity.”
Mariel is a recent graduate of Rutgers University. She is still active on the Rutgers campus as a confidential crisis advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Mariel plans to go back to graduate school to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy, followed by a Ph.D in Women’s Studies. In her free time, she loves volunteering, writing, cats, and betraying her Nutritional Sciences degree with junk food.
“Conversations about sexual assault have been kept behind closed doors for too long, and it is so important to engage people in this dialogue. As a Social Media Ambassador, I want to let people know that it is possible to decrease the prevalence of sexual violence. By raising awareness and smashing the stereotypes that derive from rape culture, we can accelerate the change for a safer future.”