Welcome to the 2018 US-NZ Youth Council!

The Auckland US-NZ Youth Council meet for the first time. Photo credit U.S. Department of State.

The 2018 US-NZ Youth Council is up and running!

Youth Council cohorts in Auckland and Wellington convened for the 1st time this year on May 4th and May 10th respectively.  Across the two regions 28 aspiring and emerging young leaders gathered to discuss issues of importance to youth, highlight key pillars of the US-NZ relationship, and identify areas of development and opportunity.

The Wellington Youth Council meet for the first time. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Wellington US-NZ Youth Council meet for the first time. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Auckland U.S. NZ Youth Council. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Auckland US-NZ Youth Council. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

The mission of the US-NZ 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. Youth Councilors have identified Security, Trade, Civics Education and American Politics as priority topics they wish to explore and engage with more deeply, with a particular interest in the US political system and foreign policy.

The US-NZ Youth Council is comprised of New Zealand citizens, aged 18-25 years, who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, professional and/or community activities. They are invited to engage with US Embassy and Consulate personnel, and to provide direct input to the Ambassador and American diplomats on current issues. Youth Councilors are encouraged to participate in workshops, seminars and other events organized by the US Embassy, publish blogs and opinion pieces on the Embassy website, and develop networks with other emerging leaders in New Zealand.

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