The Power of Youth

August 12, 2013

brooke-gcimun-350Today the United Nations and countries around the world are celebrating International Youth Day. Right now there are 1.2 billion young people in the world—the largest youth population in history and the UN is working harder than ever to engage them in making the world a better place.

There are a number of ways you or a young person you know can get involved with UNA-USA and help bring passion and energy to solve global problems, including:

  • Apply to be the next U.S. Youth Observer at the UN: Get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring the voice of U.S. youth to the UN and engage with the international community during side events at the 68th UN General Assembly and at the 2013 Social Good Summit. Join the 2012-2013 U.S. Youth Obsever Brooke Loughrin tomorrow, August 13 at 2 p.m. ET, for a Twitter chat. Use #YouthObserver to submit questions about the program, the application process or to ask Brooke about her experience last year.
  • Become a Campus Advocate: Activate your college campus and help educate fellow students on UN issues, advocate on behalf of the UN, and spread the word about the important work the UN does around the globe.
  • Tell Others about UNA-USA's Free Student Memberships: Do you know middle, high school or college student who is interested in joining a network of globally-minded young people? Tell them to become a UNA-USA member for free!
  • Make a difference with MY WORLD: Vote for the changes that would make the most difference to your world in this global UN survey. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda.
International Youth Day may only be one day, but the UN and UNA-USA are committed to giving the young people the opportunity to realize their potential every day. As the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Youth are a transformative force; they are creative, resourceful and enthusiastic agents of change." We hope you will join us in becoming an agent of change.
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