Ambassador Program

We're looking for a new Ambassador for the 2018 Fall Semester! Interested? Click the button below, download the application, and send it to tdambrosi@flypinfo.com 

 

 

More information:

Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals (FLYP) is looking for a qualified intern to join our team. Our purpose is to attract and retain young professionals in the greater Fresno area who are committed to professional and civic leadership and we are looking for an intern to assist in this process. For further questions please email tdambrosi@flypinfo.com

 

TARGET AUDIENCE:

  • College Students, Juniors or Seniors. Open to all Majors. Business, Marketing, Communication, and Public Relations preferred 

Term of Service:

  • School Semester (Fall & Spring only). May apply multiple times

TERM LIMIT:

  • Depends on credits available to student 

Application Process:

  • Application process will begin at the beginning of the semester. Eligible applicants can apply online through FLYP website. FLYP’s Board of Directors will make selection from pool of applicants

Required Involvement:

  • Must attend 2 Board meetings, 2 mixers, 1 personal development event, 1 community service event, and 20 hours of on campus recruitment. Board meetings are the second Tuesday of each month, and mixers are the fourth Wednesday of each month
 

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 45 hour

Cost:

  • Free to participate in program. Ambassador will also receive a complimentary year-long membership with FLYP

Responsibilities:

  • Attend required meetings and events and assist the Board as directed
  • Assist the Membership Chair in student membership recruitment through hosting outreach events and distributing membership information
  • Assist in generating and distributing marketing and outreach materials throughout the community to promote FLYP-related events and programs
  • Provide support through social media efforts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc)Submitting FLYP events to various community calendars.
  • Research and present new initiatives and programs to improve community relations with students in the great Fresno area
  • Assist board members in planning organizing, and facilitating events as needed 
  • For any further information or questions please email tdambrosi@flypinfo.com
 

 

Downtown Academy

Downtown Academy is essentially a 10-month “class” on downtown Fresno that is offered to members of Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals (FLYP). The class meets one evening each month, taking tours of downtown projects and hearing from community leaders about obstacles and opportunities in our city center.

We visit cool places, eat great food, and make great connections.

What are the 4 pillars of Downtown Academy?

A class curriculum that explores the complexities of urban renewal

An overnight field trip to other cities to help visualize successful revitalization strategies

Completion of a class project that directly advances revitalization efforts

Become a downtown champion, and member of a tight-knit group that supports vibrancy, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships in our downtown!


Overview

Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals established Downtown Academy in 2010 to answer the question: how do we make downtown Fresno a vibrant place to live and work? In 2016, the Downtown Fresno Partnership and Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals joined forces to make the program even bigger and better. This year, the program enters its 7th cohort with over 100 graduating members.

So, what is Downtown Academy? Downtown Academy is a 10-month award-winning collaborative program designed to connect key business, government, and community leaders with forward-thinking young professionals to explore downtown Fresno, how we got here and where we’re headed. Downtown Academy received the 2016 Leadership & Management Excellence Award from the International Downtown Association.

The class meets on the first Wednesday of every month, unless otherwise noted, to take tours of downtown projects and hear from community leaders about obstacles and opportunities in our city center. In short, Downtown Academy visits cool places, eats great food, and makes great connections.

This program was referred to as “one of the best programs to come out of the revitalization movement” by former mayor, Ashley Swearengin (3.3.2016).

Program FAQs

What are the requirements to be in Downtown Academy? 

 

  • FLYP Member: Members of Downtown Academy must be members of Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals. You may sign up for FLYP membership on their website HERE.
  • Completion of Class Project: Class VII will be required to complete 15 individual volunteer hours at organizations, causes, and events of their choice. Verified hours are due at Class 10.
  • Program Rules & Regulations: Downtown Academy members are expected to follow all rules of the program as outlined in the syllabus you will receive before Class 1. This includes things like, attendance, tardiness, respect toward classmates, etc.

What are the goals of Downtown Academy?

  • A class curriculum that explores the complexities of urban renewal
  • An overnight field trip to other cities to help visualize successful revitalization strategies
  • Completion of a class project that directly advances revitalization efforts
  • Become a downtown champion and member of a tight-knit group that supports vibrancy, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships in our downtown!

What are the requirements of Downtown Academy?

  • FLYP Member. Students must be members of Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals. You may sign up for members on their website at flypinfo.com.
  • Completion of Volunteer Hours and Group Project. Students will be required to complete 8 individual volunteer hours in downtown Fresno as well as a group project.
  • Program Rules & Regulations. Students are expected to follow all rules and expectations as outlined in the syllabus received and signed by Class 1.

What is the timeline and schedule for Downtown Academy?

  • July 9 – August 10: Application Cycle Open
  • Week of August 13: Class List Announced
  • August 29, 2018 – May 2, 2019: Program
  • May 15, 2019: Graduation

2018 – 19 Program Schedule

  • Class 1: Class VII Mixer– Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Class 2: City of Fresno/Warehouse Row – Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Class 3: Art Hop – Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Class 4: Overnight Field Trip – Saturday/Sunday, November 3 – 4, 2018
  • Class 5: Fulton District – Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Class 6: Brewery District – Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Class 7: South Stadium – Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Class 8: Cultural Arts District – Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Class 9:  Chinatown – Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Class 10: Lowell District – Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Graduation: TBD – Wednesday, May 15, 2019

What is the time commitment of Downtown Academy?

Classes take place from 5:30 – 9:00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month, except for Class 3 and Class 4 to accommodate for ArtHop and the overnight field trip. Class VII will also be required to complete 8 individual volunteer hours and a class project.

A note on attendance – only two (2) excused absences will be granted for each student. If a student misses more than two (2) classes, this will result in dismissal from the program. The overnight field trip is mandatory. If absent, this alone will result in removal/dismissal from the program.

Is there a fee?

Yes, $400 by check or cash ONLY. There are no refunds for any reason. Your class fee goes toward food, travel, admissions, and lodging throughout the entire 10-month program. We kindly ask that you submit payment by check or cash ONLY so that we avoid any fees associated with PayPal or Square (i.e., all the money you put into the program comes back to your time in the program).

When is the fee due?

You may pay in full $400 (preferred) by Class 1, or in two (2) installments of $200 by Class 5. Please make checks payable to Downtown Fresno Foundation.

Are there refunds?

No. Never. Not for any reason. Your class fees go towards food, travel, admissions, and lodging throughout the entire 10-month program. We pay many of these expenses up front and we are charged whether you are there or not. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds.

Do I have to attend all 10 classes?

Yes and no. By agreeing to participate, we expect that you will be present for all 10 classes. However, we do allow for two (2) excused absences per student. If a student misses more than two (2) classes, this will result in dismissal from the program. The overnight field trip is mandatory. If absent, this alone will result in removal/dismissal from the program.

What’s in it for me?

Downtown Academy is a great opportunity for FLYP members to become more involved in and informed about the downtown community.

You’ll hear incredible stories from local business owners, explore spaces you didn’t know existed, and view the city from the tallest buildings. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of city planning, placemaking, and urban design. You’ll create a tight network with other young professionals who are committed to Fresno’s future, dine at a variety of downtown restaurants, and volunteer your time with businesses that directly impact downtown’s revitalization. And finally, each graduate will be considered Downtown Fresno Boosters after graduation!

What should I expect on a typical class day?

Plenty of walking, learning, and fun! We start each evening with dinner at a downtown restaurant at 5:30 pm. We depart the designated meeting spot and spend the next two hours visiting downtown sites: historic buildings, offices, tunnels, galleries, lofts, and more. At each stop we talk with business owners, community leaders, artists, visionaries, executives, and residents about their unique perspective of downtown Fresno. Classes take places rain or shine, hot or cold, and we walk a lot. We will do our best to make accommodations for any class members with unique physical or health needs.

Below is the general format of each class (subject to change). In some cases, dinner and the tour(s) will be swapped, depending on sunlight and guide schedules.

  • 5:30 – 7 pm | Dinner & Discussion
  • 7 – 9 pm | Tour(s), Presentations, Speakers

What can I expect on the field trip?

This is an overnight trip. We leave early Saturday by bus (or train!) and spend the day touring a downtown followed by a group discussion over dinner. We spend the night in a hotel, and then continue touring Sunday morning. We wrap up with lunch and then it’s back on the bus (or train!) to Fresno. We walk a lot. Class members are paired two per room, whether you know them or not. All class members are required to ride the bus (or train!) to and from our destination cities. The bus (or train!) trip is an unique experience where class members really get to know one another, build relationships, and become friends! Your class fee pays for travel, lodging, and Saturday dinner. Breakfast and lunches are on your own.

How do I apply?

Applications for Class VII will open on July 9 and close on August 10. The application will be available on this webpage.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

Bianca Camara at the Downtown Fresno Partnership will be happy to answer any questions: bcamara@downtownfresno.org