BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Louisiana Department of Health has opened applications for the Louisiana Teen Vax Campaign.

“Not only will Youth Ambassadors have an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccinations, but they’ll also gain key leadership skills that can be transferable and useful in school and career settings,” Kim Hood, assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health said in a press release.

Louisiana Teen Vax Campaign is for high school and middle school students between the ages of 12 and 17 who have an interest in leading the effort to improve vaccination rates among their age group and teach their peers about the importance of being vaccinated.

LDH says in a statement, “We are humble enough to know we as the Department of Health are not always the right messenger –– and that young people want to hear from other young people.”

There has been a lot of controversy revolving around teens getting the shot, but Project Manager Ritney Castine says they are not trying to force kids to get the vaccine, “what this project is about more than anything is providing the information directly to teens so that they can see the facts for themselves and make the decisions that will work best for them and for their families, for their own status around getting the COVID-19 vaccination.”

Minors do have to get written consent from their parents before they can get the vaccine. More information on getting children vaccinated can be found here.

Youth Ambassadors can create their own vaccine-related social media content, serve as an ambassador for the whole state, meet with healthcare professionals, learn myths vs. truths about the vaccine, and more.

Follow this link to apply.

For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, residents can call the COVID Vaccine Hotline at 1(855) 453-0774 or visit