To prepare and excite our community for the incredible shared experience of the total solar eclipse, we’re launching the RMSC Community Eclipse Ambassador Program, and we’re inviting community-serving organizations across the region to be a part of the program! We have spaces for 50 community organizations to participate in this initiative.

RMSC Community Eclipse Ambassadors will be trained in eclipse education, basic astronomy, and eclipse viewing safety. For their organizations, Ambassadors will be outfitted with equipment including a telescope with a solar viewing filter, educational materials, solar viewing glasses, and materials for activities. Each organization will receive a $1,000 stipend for participation.

The goal of the Ambassador program is to excite and educate the community about the April 8th, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse and de-centralize STEM learning into communities, creating access for all.

Participants should represent community organizations, businesses, or municipalities and serve people in Rochester and the nine counties (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates), such as:

  • Community centers
  • Youth service organizations
  • Recreation centers
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Places of worship
  • Municipalities
  • Businesses that serve large public groups – Restaurants, Wineries, Hotels, etc
  • After school programs
  • Arts organizations and museums
  • Libraries

We will be holding an information session on February 2nd at 10 AM on Zoom. Register here to attend.

If you would like to apply now, please fill out this form by February 15th and we’ll get back to you by the week of  February 20th. This program is generously supported by RMSC partner, Science Sandbox, an initiative of The Simons Foundation. 

If you know another community-serving organization that would be the perfect fit, please pass this invite along.

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