ELIZABETHTOWN, PA. — The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) announced a new program designed to promote youth involvement in the meat and poultry industry.

During the annual American Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition, the Youth Ambassador Program will offer activities for youth up to 18 years old. These events will mirror traditional AAMP events but will be geared toward the younger generations.

In one specific offering of the program, persons between ages 14 to 18 may compete to win a customized frock, a belt buckle and a $500 scholarship. Those participating in the competition will help with given duties at the conference.

“This competition is designed to allow applicants to become a part of the meat and poultry industry and support and engage with their peers,” AAMP said.

Judging will be based on a written essay, an interview and categories such as appearance, personality, photo and public interaction. Applications for the competition are open until May 1.

A sportsmanship award will also be given to a youth who is engaged and supportive of their peers throughout the competition. Program participants will vote on the winner of the sportsmanship award.