All of the former Youth Representatives have found the position as an extremely formative and career-shaping experience.
This is how some of our past Youth Representatives describe their experience.
Elizabeth Shaw, 2008 Youth Representative
“My time as the Australian Youth Representative was an incredibly formative experience for me. My passion for providing young people with the platform on which to advocate on their own behalf was also a year-long crash course for me in fundraising, communications, advocacy, policy and international relations – all skills that were vital in landing my job as Executive Director of the UN Association of Australia. Working at the Australian Mission to the UN was – quite literally – a dream come true. It was incredibly exciting to head down to the UN Headquarters every day and negotiate text of resolutions in the Third Committee of the General Assembly. Delivering a speech on behalf of Australian young people to the UN General Assembly was an incredible honour – I had the voices of 5,000 young people behind me”
Benson Saulo, 2011 Youth Representative
“My time as the 2011 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations was a life changing and affirming experience. The opportunity to meet with young people and organisations across Australia, then advocate on the issues that impact them ensured their voices were heard at a National and International level. This experience continues to impact my life through friendships, networks and opportunities to lead positive change.”
Adam Pulford, 2013 Youth Representative
‘As the Youth Rep, I spent five months travelling to every state and territory, speaking and listening to young Australians in classrooms, at unis, in youth organisations and even around campfires. I learnt what they’re passionate about and heard their visions for the world, while sharing the message that young people have the power to start creating the worlds they want to see — right now. In New York, I joined the Australian Mission to the UN for 6 weeks — here the people I met, the conversations I had and the opportunity to speak on behalf of young Australians in the General Assembly are all experiences that I’ll never forget.’