A Youth Envoy acts as a link or liaison between your congregation or your congregation’s Youth Group and the work of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations (UU@UN). Youth Envoys report to the UU@UN about the work their congregations are doing pertaining to the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. If a congregation does not already do work in association with UU Office at the UN, Youth Envoys work with their youth group and congregational leadership to advocate for international engagement through the United Nations. Other jobs that Youth Envoys are involved with include telling the congregation what the UU@UN is doing, gathering Supporters for the Office, and encouraging attendance at our annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar. Usually, Youth Envoys work with the congregation’s Adult Envoy(s) to ensure intergenerational collaboration.
How does being a Youth Envoy help you? It provides you with intergenerational leadership opportunities and tools to take action, keeps you informed about global human rights issues, and gives you a voice at the United Nations. Plus, you meet others with similar passion for global engagement!
How does the Youth Envoy program help the UU@UN? By providing this liaison, the UU@UN is able to reach out easily to congregations so that they can be involved in international human rights and social justice action. It also provides a louder Youth presence in our Office.
How old do you have to be? Youth Envoys are between the ages of 14 and 19, or just generally in high school (or homeschool equivalent).
Are there any other qualifications? To be a Youth Envoy, you must be active in a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and preferably in a Youth Group.
How can I sign up? Email the Envoy Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Interest in Youth Envoy program).
Youth Envoy Responsibilities
- Share information and resources to raise awareness and support of UN issues and UU@UN programs within the congregation and youth group.
- Mobilize other youth in the congregation to take action for international social justice, peace, and development.
- Collaborate with other congregants and youth to lead a multigenerational United Nations Sunday service once per year.
- Participate in Youth Envoy conference calls, virtual training sessions, and networking events, connecting with other Envoys and Youth Envoys around the U.S. and Canada.
- Help the congregation to achieve Blue Ribbon Congregation status.