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Student Involvement
Student Involvement and Leadership

Ambassadors of Change Program

Serving to Learn—Learning to Lead—Leading to Serve

Ambassadors of Change is an interactive, pre-orientation program which focuses on service to the community and leadership skill development. Incoming first-year Butler students will be introduced to the campus and local community through dynamic service opportunities and entertaining activities during the week.

Program Highlights

  • Daily volunteering at local agencies
  • Reflecting on the meaning of service
  • Social interactions with classmates
  • Small group service project presentation
  • Interacting with Butler student leaders
  • Getting to know the city of Indianapolis


The cost of the program is $260 per person. The fee includes all meals, transportation and costs throughout the program. We do recommend that participants have extra spending money for evening activities. The Office of Civic Engagement is able to waive participant fees for five (5) students. To be considered, you must qualify for a Pell Grant and/or an Indiana State Grant.


Participation in the 2021 Ambassadors of Change program is limited to 60 students. This is a very competitive process. 

Applications and registration processes for the programs below will open soon.

Applicants will be notified July 30th if they have been accepted into the program. 


Selection of participants is based on the answers on the application. If accepted into the program, you will be contacted via email. Payment of $260 must be received within 1 week of acceptance email receipt. If payment is not received, your space will be given to someone on the waitlist.

Students who are not initially accepted will be placed on a waitlist. In the event that someone decides not to participate in the program, the selection committee will contact students on the waitlist.

Participants will be assigned to a small group led by two returning student leaders.  Activities during the week will vary between small group and large group involvement.

Participation in all program activities is expected.  Students in the Ambassadors of Change program will not be able to join other programs, practices, or meetings during the week (evenings included).


Please feel free to contact us at (317) 940-9262 or via

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is the 2021 Ambassadors of Change Program?

Monday, August 16, 2021 — Saturday, August 21, 2021

When will applications for the 2021 Ambassadors of Change Program open?

Applications and registration processes for the programs open on Friday, July 9, 2021. 

When will applications for the 2021 Ambassadors of Change Program close?

Applications will close on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT.

How are participants chosen for the Ambassadors of Change program?

Students are selected by their answers to the question on the application. There are 60 spots for participants, so answering the questions thoughtfully and honestly is important. This is a highly competitive process.

When will applicants find out if they have been accepted into the program?

All applicants will be sent an email to their Butler email address on July 30, 2021.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the 2021 program is $260.

Is there any financial support/help for this program?

Yes—The Office of Civic Engagement is able to waive participant fees for five (5) students. To be considered, applicants must qualify for a Pell Grant and/or an Indiana State Grant. Those interested will need to state this in the appropriate box on the online application.

Who should the check be made out to?

Checks should be made payable to "Butler University," but money should not be sent until confirmation of acceptance into the program has been received. 

Can I pay online?

Yes. Students will be sent a registration link and at that time they can pay online through that form. 

Can students participate in more than one pre-Orientation program at Butler?

The schedules of all of the Pre-Orientation programs are very full, so participation in multiple programs is not feasible. 

Will there be time to get acclimated to the participant's room, campus and local community?

Yes. Students selected for the Ambassadors of Change Program will be able to move into their residence hall room when they check in for the program (on Monday 8/16/21 in the morning). Also, the program schedule includes evening activities that help get participants acclimated to Butler and to Indianapolis.

Is attendance required at all parts of the Ambassadors of Change program?

Yes! Attending all aspects of the program will make the experience more enjoyable and will help tie concepts and ideas together. Participants will be very busy, so please do not make other plans during the week of Ambassadors of Change.

What exactly will participants do during the week?

Participants will receive a schedule of the week's events at check-in, but they can plan on daily service projects (usually about 3 hours long), discussions about social issues, learning about service and leadership styles, and fun evening activities.

What types of clothes are appropriate?

Ambassadors of Change is a casual program, but "work" clothes that can get dirty will be needed for service project(s)  - long pants and closed-toed sturdy shoes will be necessary for some projects. Work boots are not required, but helpful. Flip flops will not be allowed on service projects for safety purposes and agency regulations. There is a closing banquet which people usually get a little more dressed up for (e.g. nice pants or dress, ties - though not suits, etc.). Student small group leaders will keep participants informed about appropriate dress.

What is necessary to have during Ambassadors of Change?

A refillable water bottle will be needed for service projects, and a small drawstring bag is recommended. A SMILE! 

When do students move in if they are selected?

Participants living on campus would move into their assigned residence hall room on Monday, 8/16/21.

Who should be contacted with questions?

Questions can be directed to or at 317-940-9262.