UNICEF needs youth

20:30, Jan 23 2013

UNICEF NZ is urging Canterbury teenagers to apply for their youth ambassador positions.

The roles are for a two year term and are open to anyone 16 to 18-years-old.

The ambassadors will actively work in the community, helping empower others to take action against child poverty and contribute to UNICEF’s campaigns and projects.

Ambassadors also run community events, write blogs and deliver presentations on the issues they are most passionate about.

International Advocacy Manager Pip Bennett said it was always exciting when a new bunch of ambassadors came together.
‘‘We are excited to see a new team come together to tackle global issues and create change,’’ Ms Bennett said.

She said ambassadors need to be willing to stand up in front of their peers and convince them to take action and set about making change happen. Successful applicants will join the existing team of four youth ambassadors including Christchurch’s Nasif Azam.


Nasif is starting his second year as an ambassador and is ‘‘thoroughly enjoying’’ engaging with other young people about issues the affecting children all over the world.

‘‘The ambassadorship is a great opportunity for anyone who are passionate about global issues to take action and create change,’’ Nasif said.

Ms Bennett said the challenge for the new successful applicants was to make change happen in their lifetime.

Applicants will need to submit an 800-word written statement along with two references and a signed permission form to Pip Bennett (pip@unicef.org.nz) before 5pm, Friday February 8.

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