Are you UNICEF NZ’s First Youth Ambassador?

yearofyouthlogoThe United Nations has declared August 2010 - 2011 the International Year of Youth and UNICEF NZ is looking for a kiwi youth ambassador!

Are you a dynamic young person who is active on issues affecting children in youth both in New Zealand and overseas? Do you know someone who is?

UNICEF have started a nationwide selection process for a Youth Ambassador who can be a voice for issues facing young people both in New Zealand and overseas.

Applicants for the UNICEF Youth Ambassador programme need to be aged between 16-17 years and will be asked to submit ideas about how to promote ‘dialogue and mutual understanding’ during the Year of Youth.

Along with having the chance to implement their own advocacy ideas, the youth ambassadors will engage in public activities to support UNICEF’s work on behalf of children and young people. This could include writing a regular blog, researching youth opinions, and public speaking.

Successful candidates will be announced just ahead of the International Day of Youth on 12 August, which also marks the start of the UN International Year of Youth.

Applications close at noon on Monday July 19th, 2010. Click here for more information and an application form.

Or if you have any questions please contact Vicki Soanes, Advocacy Manager at UNICEF NZ on (04) 815 9370 or freephone 0800 243 575 or email at

One Response to “Are you UNICEF NZ’s First Youth Ambassador?”

  1. [...] Kia ora JFers, can you believe it is July already!! This year is going sooooo fast.So did you all receive your copy of Inkling? As I said last time this is the first issue our new annual publication, so we would love to hear from you about what you liked, what we could include next time etc.We have selected our new Just Write team! They are a fantastic bunch of young writers who will be providing you all with interesting, hard hitting articles in the coming year. Keep an eye on the website for more information about the team  and how they get on at the upcoming training weekend.HighlightsArticle - BE the change!It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the world’s problems, and ask ‘how we can as individuals really make a difference?’ But everyone has important role to play. Especially young people! Thomas Mitchell shows us how we can BE the change we want to see in the world.Media Gallery - Coalition of the WillingCoalition of the Willing’ is an animated film, made by over 20 film makers, about the war against global warming in a post-Copenhagen world. The film makes a compelling case for new online activism and explains how to bring the fight against global warming to the people!New library resource - End of the LineFilmed over two years, this film follows an investigative reporter as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. Filmed across the world - from the straits of Gilbraltar to the coasts of Alaska, this film is a wake-up call to the world. Check out the film trailer here.  You can join our library and get books and DVDs out for Free!EventsCelebrating the International Year of Biodiversity - 2010Over the next three months young people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand can write messages about biodiversity and attach them to a giant kākāpō.This is a chance for New Zealand youth to let world leaders know how they feel about biodiversity and what needs to be done to protect it. All the ‘feather’ messages collected through Words on a Wing will be taken to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 10th meeting in Japan in October.More info about this event and others is available on the events page.Global HeadlinesPlaying for peaceThe World Cup pits the best national football teams against each other. But a parallel tournament in South Africa has assembled teams representing the game’s power to bring about social change. Check out Haru Mutasa’s video report for Al Jazeera on the combined Israeli - Palestinian Peace team, playing in a tournament called “Football for Hope”.Australia’s refugee proposal sparks debateDEPUTY East Timor PM Jose Luis Guterres yesterday indicated his country would be unable to accept Australia’s plan to build an asylum-seeker processing centre there.  NZ Opposition Leader Phil Goff questioned, “Why we should load this problem on to them; I just can’t understand.” Check out the full story in The Australian.Take Action!Are you UNICEF NZ’s First Youth Ambassador?The United Nations has declared August 2010 - 2011 the International Year of Youth and UNICEF NZ is looking for a kiwi youth ambassador! For information about what this would entail and how you can apply check out the Just Focus Action Exchange. [...]

Leave a Reply