Alex Tai

Ayesha Kuddus

Fatima Ahmer

Hannah Blyde

Isabella Ho

Kevin Lin

Norma McLean

Promise Osam

Ruby Sands

Meet U-Report Squad Leaders

Hi! I am Alex Tai. Born and raised on the North Shore of Auckland, and I am 15
years old. I currently attend Westlake Boys High School, and I am a member of
UNICEF at Westlake.

My hobbies include binging YouTube videos, going out with friends and keeping up to date with the latest news around the world. I'm interested in automation, leadership and innovation.

I joined UNICEF because it's a way for me to express what I want this world to be like, knowing that what I say will be heard and will be actioned by the UNICEF team - that's in my opinion the epitome of a good organisation.

My name is Ayesha Kuddus and I am currently a year 13 student at Westlake Girls
High School.

I would like to achieve an overall enthusiasm within youth to engage in politics, become aware of issues which are strewn amongst our global community and help use our powerful voices to make positive change.

U-Report is an outstanding platform in which these goals can be made reality.

Hi there, my name is Fatima and I’m from Palmerston North.

I enjoy well written novels, a good healthy debate and the wonderful Palmy weather (and yes I do mean the rain and the clouds).

More often than not, young people’s opinions are always thought to be ‘invalid’ as adults assume we are uninformed entitled children who haven’t done their research.

I wanted to become a U-Report Squad Leader to give a platform to all those opinions as in this uninformed entitled child’s opinion: all our voices at least deserve to be heard.

My name is Hannah Blyde. I’m a 16 year old from Palmerston North. My hobbies
include making music and petting dogs.

I believe youth have a voice to be
heard and through U-Report I want to make sure it’s heard loud and clear.

One of the social issues that strike me most is climate change because it targets
children who already face extreme health and financial complications, such as
in Kiribati and Bangladesh. I am also interested in examining the abstract implications
behind current issues - for example, how losing a nation or culture results in
an identity crisis for refugee children, or how the marginalisation of young
aboriginals shapes their livelihoods. My goal as a U-Report leader is to write
with passion and purpose; to draw people’s attention to both obvious and
subliminal problems which threaten children’s rights today.

My name is Kevin Lin, a year 13 from Auckland International College. I am the
 president of UNICEF at AIC, and a member of various other groups, like Forest
 and Bird Youth, as well as Liberty in North Korea.
What really drew me to join UNICEF in the
 first place, and subsequently UNICEF U-Report, was the amount of tangible
 change that we as youth can really make under the umbrella of UNICEF. My
 voice being heard, and the ability to form connections between people from
 all over Auckland has been super empowering, and I hope that I will be able
 to contribute to the development of youth all around Auckland, by discussing
 things that people are usually reluctant, or just neglect to talk about in
 general.

I was born in New York but have lived most of my life in Wellington, New
Zealand. I am a published writer and aspiring artist. I am always looking to
put myself out there, from performing in school productions, to doing stand
up comedy at the Wellington Comedy Festival, to rallying my peers on the
steps of Parliament with a speech for better sex education. From a young age I
have enjoyed volunteer work and have been introduced to leaders who strive to
make positive changes. One of the people I am most inspired by is Hayo
Miyazaki, the film director who founded Ghibli Studios. I aspire to be a film
maker who can make a difference in the film industry for women's lives. I
love to make music and write poetry and I’m the bass player of an all female
punk band with young artists like myself.

My name is Promise Osam, a 22 year old from Nigeria. I have been living in New
Zealand with my family for seven years. I am a nurse working in Christchurch. I
am a Christian and my some of my hobbies are listening to music and reading. I
consider myself a compassionate person and very interested in making a change.

My name is Ruby. I am completing a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International
Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. My passion is empowering girls
and young women, I am a young leader with Girl Guiding New Zealand.