Introducing our ten Youth Ambassadors for 2014!
Our awesome Youth Ambassadors raise awareness about children's rights, support UNICEF's campaigns and help empower young people to take action on issues that they are passionate about.
WHO ARE THEY?
I’m Alexi Carlier, an 18 year old in between college and university, hoping to study economics and psychology in Paris. I love learning about everything interesting and meeting new people. Of particular interest to me is education, as it is essential to poverty alleviation and healthy psychological development. In my opinion, UNICEF is a great education provider because it is non-discriminatory, providing knowledge as it is. This allows children to develop their morality based upon what is true, rather than a set of prejudices. My main goal for this ambassadorship is to encourage youth involvement in UNICEF’s work by conveying the importance of its real-world implications.
Hi! My name is Nadya Fauzia, I'm 17 years old and I go to Macleans College in Auckland. I've been a long supporter of UNICEF's mission to represent children as they are the most vulnerable in our society. One of my interests lies in learning about the state of refugees and the rights that they uphold. I believe that being a Youth Ambassador will allow me to advocate and raise funds for said issue. I am also an active member of UN Youth and a debater. I look forward to learning about and working alongside the organisation with my fellow Youth Ambassadors in 2014.
Rereawhiowhio nei taku mihi kia koutou katoa, e aku nui, e aku rahi mai i nga kokona e wha o te motu. My name is Sonny Ngatai, I am a year 13 student and head prefect of Hato Paora College (just outside of Feilding). I’m a descendant of Te Arawa and Ngai - te - rangi, and I live in Titahi Bay, Wellington. I'm really looking forward to being on board the Youth Ambassador team, and I really admire the great, selfless, giving work UNICEF does in New Zealand and throughout the world.
Hi, I’m Cordelia and I’m currently a Year 13 student at Saint Kentigern College. My nationality is South Korea but I have been living in New Zealand for almost ten years. I am a passionate musician and love doing anything that involves playing the flute, especially teaching children. Having new experiences with new people in new places is my lifetime goal. I am a strong advocate of children’s rights to education and as a UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassador, I hope to raise awareness for the importance of children’s education within my own school and community. I hope to play a part in changing the lives of struggling children in our world.
Hello! I'm Ripeka and I am currently in Year 13 at Westland High School in Hokitika. Being a Youth Ambassador gives me the opportunity to speak up on issues that I think people should be made aware of such as Child Rights within New Zealand. It not only gives me a voice, but it allows me to make sure other youth are heard.
My name’s Tamara Jenkin. I’m18 years old and just started at Victoria University. I’m studying law and a BA (in Political Science and International Relations). My goal is to specialize in human rights law and I’m particularly interested in the rights of children in conflict zones and developing nations. I’m a strong believer in young people speaking out and taking action on issues that affect them: moreover, in education being of utmost important to solving many of these issues. Being a Youth Ambassador for UNICEF is allowing me to develop my passions and begin working with young people in these areas.
Hi! I'm Jamie Wood and I am 17 years old, a year 13 boarder at Columba College in Dunedin, originally from Queenstown. I love travelling, sport, music, and going to the beach. I am really excited for the opportunities in the year ahead, including participating in and convincing others to become involved in Live Below the Line.
My name is Brad Olsen. I'm 17 years old and a Prefect at Whangarei Boys' High School. Coming from a smaller city like Whangarei, I'm keen to reduce the effects of bullying on young people. I'm really looking forward to working with the other Ambassadors to inform other young people about their rights under UNCROC. This is a great way to make sure I can make a difference to the world I live in.
Hi, my name is Ruby Sands. I am 18 years old, originally from Auckland but currently studying International Relations at Victoria University. My hobbies include being involved with UN Youth, debating and hanging out with my friends. I'm particularly passionate about improving access to education as well as reducing child poverty rates.
My name is Liam Stretch. I am a year 13 student at St. Bedes College in Christchurch. I have always been passionate about helping people. I have been involved in my school's service group for a number of years and I have always tried to do my bit to better humanity. This role provides me with a whole new range of possibilities to make a difference.
If you would like more information about the Youth Ambassadors or want to get involved in their plans for the year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.