Friday, April 28, 2017

Youth Solutions Online Portal Now Launched

Youth Solutions Online Portal Now Launched

Youth solutions are transformative projects ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to educational initiatives that showcase the innovative approaches of youth in solving sustainable development challenges.

All solutions and ideas from this year's Youth Solutions Report are available online! You can now browse over 50 SDG projects by location, type, and goal number. We will be building out this "library" of youth solutions, and invite you to contact us if you know of a solution that has yet to be included.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Be the Next US Youth Observer to the UN

UNA-USA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, is looking for the next U.S. Youth Observer to the UN. The U.S. Youth Observer is a critical role aimed at bringing the voice of youth to the world’s table. If you are (or know someone) age 18-25 who is driven to engage young people in international affairs, please apply today!

Applications are open now for the year-long term, which begins in July 2017, and American youth ages 18-25 are eligible to apply before May 21. This year’s Youth Observer will have exciting opportunities to engage with youth across the nation and the international community.

A few highlights include:
  • Attending events in NYC during the opening week of the UN General Assembly; 
  • Traveling around the United States and inspiring young people to be a part of solving global challenges; 
  • Diving into digital media to be a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth;
  • Meeting with youth delegates from around the world to foster international cooperation for our generation. 

UNA-USA and the Department of State are looking for a vibrant and passionate young leader to fill this role. Sound like you or someone you know? Submit your application by May 21!

More details about the position here:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SDSN Youth Looking for Contributions to Thematic Paper on Climate Change

Youth, Peace & Security

Our thematic paper will investigate the impact of climate change on the security and development prospects of young people across the globe, as well as promote the case for youth-led development. We are currently conducting interviews to feed into the conclusions we will provide to the UN General Assembly and Security Council. Please reach out if you think you could contribute!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scholarship for Peace Boat US Program

*This is not a WAGGGS program, but thought I would pass along in case it is of interest


June 20 – July 3, 2017

This program is geared toward university students, and welcomes advanced high school students, graduate students, and life-long learners, participating individually or in groups. Peace Boat US will also offer two full scholarships to join the program. Please see below for details.

Traveling to Panama, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, participants will learn about meaningful development experiences and peacebuilding in the Latin America region. Beginning in Panama, participants will visit the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office, exchange with with indigenous communities, and learn from youth working for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Embarking onboard the Peace Boat in the port city of Cristobal, participants will pass through the Panama Canal and participate in lectures, cultural exchanges, and presentations on peace and sustainability issues while at sea. Arriving in Nicaragua, participants will learn about climate action and visit mangrove forests along the coast. After sailing to El Salvador, participants will disembark and join various educational activities including an exchange program at the University of Don Bosco in San Salvador.

Schedule (tentative): 

June 20 – Orientation in New York City at Peace Boat US Office, UN Plaza (or by Skype)
June 21 – Fly to Panama City, hotel check-in, and welcome dinner
June 22 – Visit UN Development Program regional office, session on Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America
June 23 – Visit RET (Resilience, Education and Training) program for refugee youth in Panama
June 24 – Study Program and cultural exchange with local indigenous communities in Panama
June 25 – Embark on Peace Boat in Cristobal, Panama, onboard orientation
June 26 – Panama Canal passage, preparation for lectures and study sessions onboard
June 27 – Onboard lectures and workshops
June 28 – Arrive in Nicaragua, Climate Action study program and mangrove forest visit. Return to ship for departure.
June 29 – Arrive in El Salvador, disembark from Peace Boat, cultural exchange program
June 30 – Visit University of Don Bosco in San Salvador, forum on Peace and Sustainability
July 1-2 – Cultural exchange in El Salvador with local community groups focused on the SDGs
July 3 – Return home

Full Voyage Itinerary 


Program fee is approximately $2,700 USD per person, and includes all accommodation on land and at sea (shared occupancy), land and sea travel during the program, three meals per day, and port programs. Fee does not include flights between home and Panama City and San Salvador and home, visa expenses, travel insurance, or other personal expenses. Passport valid until at least January 2018 is required. Participants are free to travel before and after program at their own expense.

Contact us for more information about participating. Individual students, student groups, and life-long learners are all welcome!

“Youth for the SDGs” Scholarship 

Click to download PDF flyer In 2015, 193 UN member states came together to define 17 Sustainable Development Goals to shape the global agenda for sustainable development in the next fifteen years and beyond. Achieving these goals will require an unprecedented mobilization of the energy and skills of young people, who play a key role in promoting and advancing the SDGs through entrepreneurship, volunteering, research, education and other endeavors.

Towards this aim, Peace Boat US is offering two full scholarships for young people working to advance the SDGs to join the “Peace Education and SDGs in Latin America” program.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals website.

Applicants are also highly encouraged to participate in the UN Ocean Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal #14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development, taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York City from June 5-9, 2017

The scholarship will cover the following: 

  • Airfare: NYC-Panama, and El Salvador-NYC (or equivalent price) 
  • Accommodation, meals, and travel onboard the Peace Boat and in ports of call for the duration of the program 
  • Travel insurance covering June 20 – July 3, 2017 

Costs to be covered by participants: 

  • Personal expenses including gifts, souvenirs, toiletries, additional food, etc 
  • Travel expenses not directly related to the program 
  • Costs related to extending your time in Latin America either before or after the program dates 


  • Ages 18-30 years old 
  • Youth who are currently involved in SDG-related initiatives 
  • All nationalities, pending visa confirmation for the included countries 
  • Applicants must currently have a passport valid through December 31, 2017 

Qualities we are looking for: 

  • Leadership skills 
  • Strong speaking and presentation ability ( in English ) 
  • Experience volunteering or working in SDG-related initiatives 
  • Commitment and plans for continuing SDG-related work in the future 

Application process: 

In 500 words or less, please explain:
1) Brief background of your experience with SDG related initiatives
2) Why you want to join this program
3) How you can use the experience to further your SDG-related work

Statements can be submitted via email to
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm / 17:00 Eastern Standard Time on April 25, 2017
Selected applicants will be contacted by April 30 to conduct an interview via Skype. Interviews will be conducted no later than May 5.
Scholarship recipients must submit a copy of their passport, one photo, and program application form within one week of receiving notification from Peace Boat US

Scholarship website can be found here:

Monday, April 10, 2017

Friendship Ambassadors Summer Youth Assembly at the UN

Press Release from the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation:

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) invites youth from around the world to apply for this year's Summer Youth Assembly, set to take place from August 9 - 12, 2017 in New York City, USA.

Delegate applications are open to youth between the ages of 16 - 28 who exemplify strong potential or have made an impact as leaders and changemakers in their communities. Interested applicants who are 29 years or older may apply as an Observer.

Delegate Packages: The Delegate Packages are designed to extend the Youth Assembly experience beyond the conference and provide various learning and networking opportunities to delegates, in addition to affordable accommodation and meals during their stay in the United States.

Participants who sign up for the packages enjoy access to additional events and activities, which aim to enrich their experience in both practical and inspiring ways.

 Outstanding Youth Delegate & Youth Assembly Scholarship Opportunity

FAF recognizes that meaningful youth participation in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires empowering young people, especially those who are furthest behind.

Therefore, in addition to recognizing two Outstanding Youth Delegates at the conference, FAF is pleased to introduce a merit-based scholarship opportunity which will be provided to one deserving youth to attend the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York.

All three winners will have the unique opportunity to speak on the podium and inspire other young people through their work and commitment to global development and the success of the SDGs. 

These opportunities are only the beginning of the Foundation's growing efforts to make the Youth Assembly an open and inclusive platform for youth coming from various socio-economic backgrounds.

Visit our website to learn more. Please stay in touch and look out for further announcements coming soon! Sincerely, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Volunteer at the WAGGGS World Conference in INDIA

Are you aged 18 – 30? Do you want to volunteer in Delhi?

WAGGGS has 10 opportunities for young women who would like to join the World Conference Service Team!

As an active member of the Movement, you would need to be able to travel to India and be available from the 16 – 23 September 2017.

You would need to cover your own travel costs and make a contribution towards subsistence and accommodation of £400. You also need to be a confident English speaker as this will be the Service Team’s working language.

You will benefit from working in an international team, working closely with young women of the Bharat Scouts and Guides of India. In addition, you will meet the WAGGGS Global Team and experience what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ of a World Conference.

You would be warmly welcome to attend any developmental opportunities during World Conference for young women.

If this is of interest, please download the application form and return it to by 30 April 2017.