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."

Amber, 22
UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador for Western Australia

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. 

In June 2021, the Young Ambassadors launched ‘Children’s Voices in a Changing World’, the final report of a three-part series during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the child-friendly version here.

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. 

A group of young people chatting. They are seating on bean bags.
Award-winning UK musician Arlo Parks in conversation with the Young Ambassadors at UNICEF Australia office during a visit to Sydney.
© UNICEF Australia/2022/Labade

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 with flag

Emily, 24 Victoria

We have a fundamental right to be involved in decision making.

Harrison looking at camera

Harrison, 18, Queensland

My interest is improving the quality of education.

Amber portrait

Amber, 22, Western Australia

I am passionate about making young people's voices heard.

Grace smiling to camera

Grace, 19, Northern Territory

Nyikina woman and university student.

Kbora smiling to the camera

Kbora, 24, South Australia

I can never forget receiving donations of school supplies when I was young.

Chris smiling in front of tree

Christopher, 16, Victoria

I was born in New York City and attended a diverse primary school in Brooklyn.

Isabelle smiling to camera

Isabelle, 22, New South Wales

Young people have more power to change the world than we are told.

Zara headshot

Zara, 19, Tasmania

During a young ambassador session was the first time I felt heard.

Daniel headshot

Daniel, 16, South Australia

Both my parents were born in low-income countries.

Manon smiling at camera

Manon, 19, Queensland

I live by the phrase; have courage and be kind.

Jahin headshot

Jahin, 21, Australian Capital Territory

I want to be a torchbearer for young people who don't feel heard.

Angus Lonergan profile image© UNICEF Australia/2022/Lakis

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!