I’ve been involved for three years and I think within those three years I’ve grown more than probably the rest combined.”

The Human Relations Ambassadors Program (HRAP) is for young people who are looking to take the next step by turning their belief in equality and respect into action. HRAP is a place to meet young people from across OC to discuss ideas, develop a support network and reach out to others with the message of respect, understanding and social justice.

HRAP could possibly have been the highlight of my year, I feel like I’ve learned so much from each meeting, the knowledge I’ve gained from HRAP is definitely something that will stay with me for years to come.

Program Description

The Human Relations Ambassadors Program (HRAP) is a yearlong internship designed to provide advanced human relations training and skills to a diverse cross section of Orange County youths who are committed to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Ambassadors further the mission of OC Human Relations by serving as youth representatives of the agency in their communities and at events as participants, presenters, or facilitators.

Mission Statement

HRAP seeks to create a safe environment for students to attain the skills and knowledge in order to become leaders that can reach out to the diverse communities of OC as part of a larger human relations and social justice movement.

Program Components

Ambassadors meet bi-weekly to discuss human relations/social justice issues, gain leadership skills, develop workshops and community presentations. Ambassadors must not miss more than (5) meetings to graduate.

Ambassadors are required to develop a collaborative community-wide research project that addresses a specific human relations/social justice topic or need in their community. In addition, Ambassadors must complete (3) writing assignments that will show expertise on a chosen social justice issue.

Community Involvement
Ambassadors are encouraged to find ways to bring the knowledge and skills attained in the program back to the Orange County community. Each year Ambassadors are trained to make presentations at local conferences, community meetings, schools and OC Human Relations events. These presentations help spread the mission of OC Human Relations of reducing intergroup tension and fostering mutual understanding in Orange County.

Upon completion of all the program requirements, Ambassadors receive certification of completion at a special graduation ceremony in May.

Meeting Dates
The internship runs September – May and we’ll meet Wednesday’s from 6-8pm at the OC Human Relations offices located at 1801 E. Edinger, Santa Ana, 92705. Dinner will be provided. Meeting dates are:

September 28, 2022
October 12, 2022
October 26, 2022
November 2, 2022
November 16, 2022
November 30, 2022

December 7, 2022
January 4, 2023
January 18, 2023
February 1, 2023
February 15, 2023
March 1, 2023

March 15, 2023
March 29, 2023
April 12, 2023
April 26, 2023
May 3, 2023 (grad)

I’m going to continue to strive for justice in my community and wherever I go. I also want to inspire change and establish more community between others.

Useful Downloads & Links 2021-22

For more information please contact Jorge Franco at Jorge@splash.ochumanrelations.org

HRAP Photos 2019/20 Program Year

Since I graduated from the Human Relations Ambassadors Program, its value has continued to grow clearer.  The lasting lessons I learned about communication, multiculturalism, nonviolence and leadership form a central part of my world view and work with diverse communities.