Raise our voice at the United Nations

For twenty years, Australia’s Youth Representatives have been listening to what our young people have to say, and representing their voices at the United Nations and beyond.

This year’s Youth Representative, Amos Washington, has almost completed his Listening Tour and is about to head across the pond to New York City. But the year’s coming to a close – and it might be your turn to be next.

Each year, UN Youth Australia, in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, select the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations.

You will be in the role for a year, travelling the country to listen to young people across the nation, guided by a unique theme of your own design.

This year’s Youth Rep asked “What would Australia look like if young people had a greater say?

What next year’s tour looks like – that’s up to you. Every Youth Rep has their own vision for how best to consult Australia’s young people, and it’d be up to you to deliver this unique program across the year.

Applications have been extended and now close at 11:59pm September 7th.

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Our 2018 Youth Rep

Amos is 22 years old and lives in the Adelaide Hills with his family. Amos has had a passion for volunteer work ever since he was young.

Amos became involved with UN Youth Australia’s activities after attending events in high school, including consultations run by the 2012 and 2013 Youth Reps.

Amos has facilitated at conferences and events with UN Youth Australia across the country, has served as a transformative Regional and Education Director of the South Australian division, as well as in New Zealand as part of the Aotearoa Leadership Tour, an educational tour for young people that Amos deputy convened in 2016.

Beyond UN Youth, Amos has worked in multiple roles in the non-profit sector. Amos has a passion for the arts and has worked with Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, South Australian Youth Arts, and the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts. In 2017, Amos spent time in Canberra working for the National Centre for Indigenous Studies as part of the Aurora Project Internship Program.

To find out more about this year’s Youth Rep and the program, visit unyouth.org.au/youthrep

What's Involved?

The Youth Rep is an unpaid position that entails consulting with young people and relevant stakeholders across the country. You will:

  • Consult with young people in every state and territory.
  • Collect comprehensive data that is representative of the young people in the areas you visit, ensuring the demographic consulted is diverse and representative of these areas.
  • Travel to New York to deliver an address at the General Assembly on behalf of Australia’s young people, presenting your findings on their experiences (please note that this part of the tour is funded by DFAT).

You will report directly to the Chief Youth Representation Officer of UN Youth Australia, as well as maintain consistent contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, updating them on the progress of the tour.

The application process will run as follows:

  1. Submit your written application, including a Statement of Intent and CV, by midnight, September 7th.
  2. Phone interviews will be conducted during mid-September with second-round candidates.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an in-person interview with the selection panel in mid to late October.

If you have any questions about this process, or the role itself, email Nick, the Chief Youth Representative Officer, at nick.mezo@unyouth.org.au.

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