For the first time ever, young Americans are being offered an exciting opportunity to bring the voice of U.S. youth to the United Nations. This year, the U.S. Department of State is teaming up with the United Nations Association of the USA to send one young citizen to the UN General Assembly in New York as a pilot program entitled the U.S. Youth Observer Program.
That means, if you are age 18 to 25, and have an interest and passion for international affairs, civic engagement, and youth issues, you could qualify for this once in a lifetime chance to see the United Nations in action -- in person. The U.S. Youth Observer will travel to New York, interact with the U.S. delegation and other youth representatives from around the world -- and then report on their experiences to their peers and the rest of the world.
As a young American working for the Department of State, I am really excited about this opportunity. In my current role in the State Department's International Organizations Bureau, I often meet with young people from the United States and around the world, and the interest in the United Nations is great. Their interest makes sense -- young people everywhere are influencing global events to an unprecedented extent. This program hopes to capture some of that interest and encourage Americans to engage in issues and policies that will affect their futures.
Visit www.unausa.org/usyouth to learn more and apply for the opportunity to have your voice heard at the United Nations. Don't forget, applications are due by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on September 7, 2012!