June 28, 2023

Community Ambassador Program Update

Community Ambassador Program Update


We’re retooling the application process to become a Community Ambassador!

Our Community Ambassador Program launched in July 2022 to support communities worldwide as they hosted local events. By revising this process, we hope to make it even easier for Trainers to create and lead a local community. Starting now, Trainers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand can apply to be a Community Ambassador. More regions being added at a later date.

You can apply today!

Please read through the following information before applying to be a Community Ambassador. The application form can be found at the end of this page.

What has changed?

  • The application process is now fully run by Niantic. Applicants will no longer be required to consult, visit, or utilize external websites or resources.

  • The minimum community size has been reduced to 10 people.

  • Applicants must run a total of four local community events. These include but are not limited to Community Day or Raid Day gatherings, trading meetups, GO Battle League tournaments, and local, in-person Pokémon GO Fest celebrations.

What steps do I need to take to become a Community Ambassador?

  1. Fill out the application at the end of this page.

  2. After an initial review of your application, you will be invited to join a community of applicants and continue with the vetting process.

  3. After you’ve been added to the group, you must run at least four community events and submit a group photo of each event.

  4. After those four events have occurred, we will conduct a final background check and a safety check of your community.

More information about joining the Community Ambassador Program can be found in the FAQ.

General Information about the Community Ambassador Program

What is the Community Ambassador Program?

The Community Ambassador Program supports local, in-person Pokémon GO communities around the globe by empowering their experiences. Community Ambassadors can receive special perks for their communities, like item codes for giveaways, access to Niantic representatives for special feedback sessions, early access to new features, and other opportunities to support their community’s growth.

Individuals who run in-person events in their area, grow their communities, and create and connect safe spaces for Trainers to play can apply to become one of Niantic’s Community Ambassadors.

What does a Community Ambassador do?

A Community Ambassador is someone who voluntarily runs events in their local community with the gratitude and assistance of Niantic. Niantic recognizes how much passion and hard work it takes to bring people together, and this program is built to help leaders do just that.

What does Niantic look for in a Community Ambassador?

  • Diversity. Pokémon GO Trainers include people of many nationalities, identities, and ethnicities. We want to ensure that our Community Ambassadors do, too.

  • Professionalism and quality of character. Being a Community Ambassador means that you’ve been recognized by Niantic. Our Community Ambassadors should always treat others with respect, honesty, and kindness.

  • Positivity. We know that communities grow in the image of their leadership, and the best communities are built by creating and highlighting the positive instead of focusing on the negative. Opportunities for critical feedback should be treated with respect—never with cruelty or anger.

  • Safety. Community Ambassadors should strive to ensure that both their communities and the spaces they play in are secure. All communities are required to have digital presences that are family-friendly, publicly open to members over 13 years of age, and include common sense rules that facilitate safe spaces and practices. When gathering to play, Community Ambassadors should ensure that the areas they choose are safe for Trainers and avoid unsafe environments.

  • Integrity. Communities should avoid cheating in all forms. That includes discussing cheating or using bots, websites, or other tools that encourage cheating. Community Ambassadors should always do their best to ensure that their communities remain cheat-free.

What does a community receive for being part of the Community Ambassador Program?

Your community will be featured on the official community map, so other Trainers can find and join your events.

Community Ambassadors who register and run events through our program will receive special incentives like item codes and swag to share with their communities for Community Days and other events.

Community Ambassadors will also be able to provide feedback directly to Niantic. They will have access to one-on-one opportunities to learn more about us—and for us to learn about you!

Additionally, Community Ambassadors will be invited to join an exclusive global community of local leaders for support in managing and growing their communities.

As we continue to grow and develop the program, we may extend additional opportunities and benefits to help you foster a healthy and safe community for others to play in.

How do I become a Community Ambassador?

Use the below application form to apply to be a Community Ambassador!

Additional information can also be found in our FAQ.

Building Up Your Communities, Together

We’re excited and hopeful that this program will help you build your local communities. We want to help new Trainers and veterans alike find new groups to play with and explore the world of Pokémon GO together. We’ll continue to update this program as it grows, and we look forward to sharing more in the coming months.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

—The Pokémon GO team