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U.S. Youth Observer - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply to be the U.S. Youth Observer? 
    Visit www.unausa.org/usyouth and click on “Apply Now.” Applications will only be accepted online. Please do not phone, fax, or mail your application. All applications must be submitted by midnight, Eastern Standard Time on June 25. to be considered eligible for the U.S. Youth Observer program.
  2. How will the U.S. Youth Observer be selected?
    UNA-USA is managing the process of accepting applications for the U.S. Youth Observer program; the decision on who is to be the U.S. Youth Observer will be determined by the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Youth Observer will be announced mid August.
  3. Do I have to be a UNA-USA member or Model UN participant to be eligible for the U.S. Youth Observer program?
    No! Any U.S. citizen age 18-25 is eligible to be the U.S. Youth Observer.
  4. I am a Permanent Resident in the United States; am I eligible for the U.S. Youth Observer program?
    No. The U.S. Youth Observer program is only open to U.S. citizens.
  5. I am not currently 18, but will turn 18 on or after September 21; am I eligible to be the U.S. Youth Observer?
    No. Applicants must be at least 18 at the time of submission.
  6. How much time off from school or work is required for the U.S. Youth Observer?
    The U.S. Youth Observer should make him/herself available for UN General Assembly Week, Sept. 21-27. Additionally, he/she should be available to be in New York City for at least three days in October during the Third Committee of the General Assembly. Travel to other locations throughout the U.S. between August 2014 and June 2015 may be required.
  7. Will my travel be paid for?
    UNA-USA will cover travel and reasonable lodging costs associated with participation in the U.S. Youth Observer program.
  8. Can I choose the events I want to attend during General Assembly Week?
    Attendance at events will be determined by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State.
  9. Do I need a security clearance to be the U.S. Youth Observer?
    The individual selected as the U.S. Youth Observer may need to pass a security clearance by the U.S. Department of State to serve in certain functions of the U.S. Youth Observer position.
  10. I am a current UN Foundation or UNA-USA Staff member/intern, can I apply?
    No. The U.S. Youth Observer program is not open to any current UN Foundation or UNA-USA Staff Member, intern, or consultant.

Still have questions? Email Monika Johnson at mjohnson@unausa.org.

 
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