Our Young Ambassadors are passionate, motivated and empowered.
They are the voices of the future.
At UNICEF Australia, our 12-month program gives young people aged 15-24 the opportunity to speak up for children’s rights and what matters to Australia's young people.
Recruited from across Australia, they are trained in leadership, advocacy, media and communications, and engaging with children and young people.
Young Ambassadors bring their skills and lived experiences to the issues that UNICEF Australia advocates for. We work to ensure every child and young person has an equal opportunity to thrive and survive, no matter the circumstances or challenges they face.
This is your chance speak up for a fair Australia that protects and supports every child.
Young Ambassadors Program
"I believe young people not only deserve but need a seat at the table."
What do the Young Ambassadors do?
Every child and young person under 18 have the right to participate and have their opinions included in decision-making processes that relate to their lives, according to Article 12 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
Each year, the UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors meet with thousands of children in their communities to find out what matters to young people. They then raise these issues with our nation’s key decision-makers.
The surveys gathered the opinions of 4,078 young people aged seven to 20 years old from around the nation, over a 12-month period. These findings were presented to the nation's leaders in Canberra.
If you are under 18 years of age you need to seek permission from your parent or guardian to participate in the program.
Meet our 2022 Young Ambassadors
From mental health advocates to former refugees, these incredible young people have come together from across Australia to raise the voices of the children and young people.
Emily, 24 Victoria
We have a fundamental right to be involved in decision making.
Harrison, 18, Queensland
My interest is improving the quality of education.
Amber, 22, Western Australia
I am passionate about making young people's voices heard.
Grace, 19, Northern Territory
Nyikina woman and university student.
Kbora, 24, South Australia
I can never forget receiving donations of school supplies when I was young.
Christopher, 16, Victoria
I was born in New York City and attended a diverse primary school in Brooklyn.
Isabelle, 22, New South Wales
Young people have more power to change the world than we are told.
Zara, 19, Tasmania
During a young ambassador session was the first time I felt heard.
Daniel, 16, South Australia
Both my parents were born in low-income countries.
Manon, 19, Queensland
I live by the phrase; have courage and be kind.
Jahin, 21, Australian Capital Territory
I want to be a torchbearer for young people who don't feel heard.
We’d love to hear from you
Angus, our Child and Youth Engagement Manager
Have questions about the program or want your school, club or community group to host a consultation with the Young Ambassadors, let us know!
Our Young Ambassadors in Action
We're working together to make sure young people’s ideas and perspectives are heard and taken seriously.
3 June 2022
Meet the first Afghan woman to join the Australian Army
How humble school supplies ignited a spark in UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Kbora Ali.
7 September 2022
Arlo Parks, a voice for the next generation
The award-winning UK musician met UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors for a chat about mental health and making an impact.
6 July 2021
Our Young Ambassador Emily reports from Parliament House
Emily has always been an advocate for issues close to her heart.
20 September 2019
“It’s about participation and inclusion” Young Ambassadors report from Canberra
Our eight UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors have returned from Canberra, where they met with 50 politicians across the political spectrum – 21 per cent of Parliament
17 April 2019
Australia’s youth are calling for action on climate change
There are LOADS of academic articles and documentaries about climate change, but what’s missing from these are the voices of young people. And trust me it is young people who need to be heard, because we’re the ones who will have to live with the effects of a climate you create.