Charli Earth juggles many of the same things in her schedule as most young adults– spending time with friends, attending class, and going to work.
Fortunately, she can work a flexible, part-time schedule with Ho-Chunk, Inc.’s Ambassador Program.
“The Ambassador Program has been perfect for me,” said Charli, a college sophomore and Winnebago Tribal member. “It works with my schedule, and I can personalize it.”
The Ambassador Program provides part-time employment in a variety of positions for individuals living in a HUBZone, which include the Winnebago and Omaha Reservations and parts of Sioux City and South Sioux City.
HUBZone is a United States Small Business Administration program for small companies that operate and employ people in Historically Under-utilized Business Zones.
Ambassadors can assist with clerical work in addition to providing support at company and community events such as pow wow, polls at election time, and summer culture camp.
“When we are called on, we go,” Charli said. “It’s fun because we get to do new things all the time.”
Ambassadors work less than 20 hours per week and set their schedules with their direct supervisor, who they work closely with to aid in personal and professional development.
Charli has set a schedule with her manager that permits plenty of time for her environmental science courses at Little Priest Tribal College.
“Being an Ambassador has also helped me grow and develop from a business side,” she said.
The Ambassadors have helped with several projects over the years, both for Ho-Chunk, Inc. and in the Winnebago community.
“When it’s go time, the Ambassadors are there and helpful,” said Janelle DeCora, program manager. “These people are in the community and stepping up.”
To learn more or to apply, contact Janelle at [email protected]