UPDATE: Applications are now closed.
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The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand Youth Council program started in 2010 by former U.S. Ambassador David Huebner. The program involves youth between the ages of 18-25 throughout New Zealand. The Youth Council forms a part of a network of similar groups in over 60 cities around the world.
The Mission of Youth Council
The Mission of the Youth Council is to gather future leaders to raise awareness of and develop stronger ties between the U.S. and New Zealand, highlighting mutual economic, social, and policy benefits that arise from our countries’ close partnership.
Specifically in 2017 the Youth Council aims to address the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, community and social engagement, environment, local politics and leadership, peace and security, health and social wellbeing, and economic and business success.
All members must be: 1) between 18-25 years of age on December 31, 2017 and 2) a citizen or resident of New Zealand, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue, and/or Tokelau
General Members are youth who opt in to receive email updates and invitations to events. They receive information relevant to the U.S. and New Zealand relationship. There is no expectation of time commitment. To apply for General Membership, youth fill in the Application Form.
The Steering Committee are youth who wish to be actively involved in planning and leading Youth Council events. They are expected to attend and participate fully in all events throughout the year.
Indicate your desire to be on the Steering Committee in the Application Form.
Value for Youth Councilors
The Youth Council program gives members unique experiences and skills for their future careers. Benefits include:
Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
Professional workshops provide hands-on training and networking to give youth the necessary tools to take on leadership roles.
Members are invited to apply for awards to fund their public service projects to benefit their communities, region, and country.
Members have previously been provided seed funding to establish social enterprises to address a need in their local community.
The chance to create published opinion pieces to be featured on the U.S. Embassy New Zealand website
Members have published blogs on issues such as refugees and migration, U.S. diplomacy, crisis management, and cybersecurity. Members have video-interviewed the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
A national network of young leaders and contacts to effect positive change in their own city and around New Zealand
Members are invited to interact with top U.S. leaders and subject matter experts through social media such as Google Hangout and Facebook. Members have been brought together in the past for a conference focused on connecting young leaders
Invitations to attend Embassy events and functions related to their areas of interest
Members are offered meetings with U.S. Embassy staff including the U.S. Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, Consul General and Foreign Service Officers as well as subject matter experts. Members have been invited to programs such as election events, Independence Day celebrations and receptions for visiting officials. Members also receive invitations to seminars in line with their studies.
To see what our Youth Council has been up to, check out our blogs: