Facilitator, donor, and daughter of a recipient Kate Turner reflects on the importance of giving blood and why your next milkshake could be a matter of life and death.When I was sixteen, I donated blood for the first time. I wasn’t hugely nervous – a few of my friends had been before, and our school had encouraged it at assemblies and in homeroom.… Read more ›
The American Political Tour is UN Youth’s newest international tour. We’ll be taking sixteen high school students to the United States this January to explore the current state of American politics, and how we got here. Meet the volunteers who’ll be leading the trip.… Read more ›
Every month, we look at a non-fiction book chosen to challenge your perspective on the world, teach you something new and/or just plain entertain. Read along with us, and let us know what you think.
Steve Coll’s Private Empire tells the story of ExxonMobil, the multinational oil and gas company with an annual turnover greater than the GDP of most countries.… Read more ›
Howdy y’all! My name is Karen, and I’m convening UN Youth Australia’s inaugural American Political Tour! With my incredible friends – my team – Laura, Farouk, and Sean, we will be taking sixteen delegates to North America in January 2018.
In three weeks, we will be looking at the interaction between local, state, and federal politics in the US to understand how a state’s identity can become a Democrat or Republican stronghold.… Read more ›
You know that feeling, when you return from a trip and people ask you, “How was it?” and you just don’t know what to say? It’s frustrating, because you want to convey to them just how amazing it really was, but don’t know what words to use to say it.… Read more ›
She was only 10. She was not a terrorist. She did not know what this war meant.
This January I spent two weeks in Jordan and Israel as a volunteer on the Middle East Experience. It was a chance for 16 high school students to see some of the biggest problems our world is facing and learn about the humanity in a conflict so often reduced to little more than statistics.… Read more ›
“Metaphors are tiny saviours leading the way out of sentimentality, small disciples of Pound, urging “Say it new! Say it new!” It’s hard for emotion to feel flat if its language is suitably novel, to feel excessive if its rendering is suitably opaque.”― Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays
How do you explain what empathy is?… Read more ›
I first heard the term “gay” when I was four years old. From the very start, I recognised its presence in the context of insult: two men throwing friendly jabs at each other, making fun. I asked my mother what the word meant, and she told me that it was when a man liked another man.… Read more ›