Apply now for U.S.-NZ Youth Council 2017!

UPDATE: Applications are now closed.

To apply for the Youth Council, please 1) submit the online Application Form and 2) email your CV to by Friday March 31, 2017 at 5pm.

Website: Facebook: @newzealand.usembassy Twitter: @usembassynz  Hashtag: #USNZYouthCouncil.


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.

Membership Criteria

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 Membership
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.

Steering Committee
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.

Grants Competition

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:

Connecting Young Leaders for a Festival for the Future 2016

U.S. Embassy Youth Councilors find out about NASA’s Atmospheric Tomography Mission

Talking Crisis Management and Security with Youth Council and Robert Jensen

U.S.-New Zealand Youth Council Kick-Offs for 2016

A bit of everything really

Girls in Tech Founder, Adriana Gascoigne, Empowers, Educates and Engages in New Zealand

Ele and Eric speak at Open Source Open Society

Youth Council Highlights: Discussing Cybersecurity, Gender Equality, and Climate Change



Connecting Young Leaders 2016

Dr. Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator NASA

Youth Council interviews U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel