The U.S. government aims to better engage young people in New Zealand to solve the pressing challenges of today while also building greater connectivity and networks to shape the world of tomorrow. The U.S. Embassy engages youth in honest two-way dialogue.
Dialogues occur at all levels of education, including primary schools, secondary schools, and universities. For example in New Zealand schools through the American Speakers’ Insights Programs, the U.S. Embassy offers an on-request speaker program on presentations by U.S. diplomats. Topics have included the American Civil Rights Movement and America’s role in WWII. Presentations prompt fruitful discussions on comparisons to and lessons for the New Zealand context.
In New Zealand universities, the U.S. Embassy maintains a network of Youth Councils. Youth voices and causes are raised by the profile of young people and the issues they care about. Youth Council members engage with U.S. experts, dignitaries and officials from a variety of field. Topics have included international relations, political processes, climate change, education and security.
Through these opportunities and more, the U.S. Embassy empowers youth as drivers of their own destinies expanding their opportunities and honing their international relationship building skills along the way.