Search Begins for New Zealand's next UNICEF Youth Ambassadors

Friday 21 October 2011, 3:59PM
By UNICEF New Zealand

Move over Top Models, UNICEF NZ is launching a nationwide hunt for four new Youth Ambassadors. UNICEF NZ is accepting applications until Friday 25 November from young New Zealanders who want to take action to improve the lives of young people around the world.

Applicants for the UNICEF Youth Ambassador programme need to be aged between 16-18 years and be passionate about UNICEF’s global work for children. Each Ambassador will connect with young people and their local community to raise awareness about important issues like climate change and HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

Ambassadors will work in tandem with UNICEF NZ to create their own action plan, which could include organising local events, speaking at school assembly or writing blogs.

Pip Bennett, Advocacy Officer at UNICEF NZ, said “The UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassador programme first launched in 2010 with five Youth Ambassadors who kept busy during the year by running events, writing opinion pieces and blogs, giving talks and making videos about the issues that affected them the most.

“We are so impressed at the level of passion, commitment and talent that the Youth Ambassadors have shown during this past year and want to continue to foster the potential of young Kiwis further through this programme.

“If you are someone who is passionate about global issues and wants to practically create change, then please apply to be a UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassador and let’s make it happen.”

For further information on how to apply or to learn more about the Youth Ambassador programme visit:

Applicants must be 16-18 years old and will need to submit a short written statement along with two references and a signed permission form to Pip Bennett at before 5pm, Friday 25th November. You can also send your application by fax – 04 815 9389 – or by snail mail to P O Box 10459, Wellington.