Being a ONE Youth Ambassador presents many opportunities to engage in global activism and grow both professionally and personally. But how does one’s time at ONE impact their lives when it’s over?
David Reviriego, a former ONE Youth Ambassador from France who’s recently completed his time with ONE, is sharing how being a part of ONE has helped him move forward in life.
Here’s what he had to say.
What are you doing now?
I’m studying communications in a top communications school and currently doing an internship in the Cabinet of the French Minister of Public Sector, Transformation and the Civil Service with her communication advisor.
I’m also working on getting my diploma and finding where I want to work after my graduation.
How has ONE supported you to get to where you are today?
During my three years of engagement with ONE, I did plenty of advocacy with French leaders, public mobilization, or media interviews. It was as thrilling as it was informative. I’ve acquired skills I can still count on today, such as public speaking or persuasion.
Moreover, these skills are worth millions on my resume! They helped me get where I am today.
What did you accomplish while being a ONE Youth Ambassador?
During my years as a Youth Ambassador, I met several decision-makers. In 2019, for International Women’s Day, the French government created a prize in memory of Simone Veil to honour women’s rights activists, and I was lucky enough to attend the ceremony at the Elysée Palace and meet President Emmanuel Macron along with his wife, Brigitte Macron.
Nos jeunes Ambassadeurs-rices ont eu l’opportunité de discuter avec @EmmanuelMacron et de lui présenter la lettre ouverte pour l’égalité femmes-hommes co-signée par plus de 40 activistes africaines! Merci à l’@Elysee de les avoir accueilli-e-s #JourneeDesFemmes #8mars #iwd2019 pic.twitter.com/3FlHRSJ0ei
— ONE France (@ONE_Fr) March 8, 2019
I also went twice to the European Parliament in Brussels to convince MEPs to increase the share of international aid allocated in the European budget for 2021-2027. Finally, I participated in two Lobby Days in France and met more than 20 MPs in order to get France to accelerate its trajectory to reach the target of making 0.7% of our national revenue dedicated to official development assistance (ODA).
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your time at ONE?
If you are reading this and are wondering whether you should become a Youth Ambassador, I have one thing to say: apply! You will meet wonderful and passionate people, live great moments, and acquire skills and networks that will be useful for the rest of your life!
ONE Youth Ambassadors are a part of ONE’s Global Activist program and is made up of a dedicated team of volunteers who support our campaigns across Europe. They encourage the public to sign ONE petitions, engage with decision-makers, and much more.
Learn more about the work ONE’s Youth Ambassadors do below and find out how to become a Youth Ambassador.