Program History

Established in 2009, the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns Youth Leadership Ambassador Program (The Ambassador Program) is unique within the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens as it aims to work specifically with predominantly underrepresented teens. Born out of an increased need to identify opportunities for minority young men and women ages 14-18 who modeled leadership qualities, the Ambassador Program has been building capacity among the selected leadership cohorts.


Program Timeline

February 2009-Birth of the VBCC Youth Leadership Ambassador Program

                        Fr. Dwayne Davis Became the founding Project Director

                        Marilyn Jones-Co-Founder and Coordinator

June 2009- First interviews

September 26, 2009 First Ambassador Orientation- St. Gregory the Great, Brooklyn

October 17, 2009-First Ambassador Praise Brunch Fundraiser

January 9, 2010- Start “Youth and Young Adult Leadership Day Conference”

February 27, 2010- First Ambassador Gala

September 2010- Creation of the Queens site for the Ambassador Program at St. Joseph on Sutphin Blvd

March 19, 2011-First March Madness Event- St. Clare’s Queens

2011-Community Service Projects began

February 2012- First Youth Lock-in

March 2012- College Tours began

December 26, 2012-Annual Christmas outing

March 2013-Ambassador Enrichment – Culinary Arts /Build a Business (Battle of the Chefs)

June 29, 2013-Ordination of Fr. Dwayne

April 2014- JFK 5K Runway Run

April 6-8, 2015- Mission trip to New Orleans (College Tour & Community Service)

September 2015-New Ambassador Brooklyn Site-St. Thomas Aquinas

July 2016-Mission Trip to Jamaica

July 6-9 2017-National Black Catholic Congress-Orlando Florida Trip

September 2017-Ms. Maniese Mendonca-Ambassador Coordinator

October 14, 2017- Lupus walk-Ambassadors for Marilyn

November 4, 2017- Black Catholic Symposium-Ambassador Enrichment Day

April 14, 2018-Marilyn Jones Perseverance award started

April 28, 2018-Mrs. Marilyn Jones went Home to Heaven

June 29-July 12 2018- Mission Trip to Africa- Uganda, Rwanda & South Africa

November 3, 2018-Ambassador Praise Concert

April 27, 2019-Happy 10th Anniversary

July 1-7, 2019-Mission trip to Puerto Rico

April 14, 2021 – First online gala due to the pandemic

October 2021 – Tatiana Jones joins as Ambassador Coordinator

June 15-18, 2022 – Archbishop Lyke Conference, Grapevine, Texas trip

November 8-12, 2022 – National Catholic Youth Convention Long Beach, California trip

July 16-23, 2023 – National Black Catholic Congress Washington, DC trip