ONE Youth Ambassadors – part of ONE’s Global Activists programme – are a young and motivated team of volunteers who electrify our campaigns across Europe. The Youth Ambassador programmes provide more than 300 young activists across Europe with the means to act to end extreme poverty by campaigning within and beyond their communities, by amplifying ONE’s work with media, and by advocating with decision-makers at European, national and local levels.
In recent years, Youth Ambassadors have campaigned on how low-income countries should be supported to survive the Covid19 pandemic, national and EU budget processes, gender equality, education, nutrition, fair-trade coffee, transparency and support to organisations providing essential services to tackle preventable disease such as Gavi and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. In 2019, Youth Ambassadors in France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, and Ireland ran the ONE Vote 2019 Campaign, securing the support of over 200 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who committed using their mandate to help end extreme poverty.
They also work with the media to raise the profile of ONE’s campaigns, encourage the public to sign ONE petitions through online activity and local events, and carry out a variety of creative, ambitious and innovative actions in support of our campaigning and advocacy work. Internally, our Youth Ambassadors are crucial to advance ONE’s mission, being our best advisors and eyes in the field and scoping opportunities to bring attention to the topics we campaign for.
Since 2015, our Youth Ambassadors have:
- Held over 1,000 campaign events
- Garnered over 1,500 media hits in national or politically important local outlets
- Held more than 1,500 advocacy meetings with Heads of State, Ministers, Leaders of Parties, Development spokespersons, or other policy makers.
My name is Héma and I’m 21 years old. I am studying for a European law Masters’ degree in La Sorbonne.
I am passionate about human rights and gender-related issues and I believe extreme poverty and development are not isolated issues that only concern a part of the world but they are global ones that concern all of us.
I joined ONE as a Youth Ambassador as we share the same beliefs and as this program represents a young, dynamic platform which allows us to amplify the voices of people around the world.
My name is Hugo, I’m 24 years old and I live in Lyon where I am working towards a Masters degree in Educational Science.
Deeply concerned by the educational field, I also volunteer for other organisations, some of which focus on helping migrants and long-term unemployed people reintegrate socially and professionally.
I have decided to campaign with ONE to help and to use my voice for a better world, trying to fight against poverty and inequalities in the world. I truly want to raise awareness and to commit to the fight for education which is essential to build the future.
My name is Julia, I’m 18 years old and am a first year European Studies student.
Born in the Netherlands, I had the opportunity to receive an education. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone in the world, and certainly not for many girls. I believe that the place where you are born should not define the chances you get in life.
As a Youth Ambassador, I have the opportunity to change things by joining forces with ONE to fight against extreme poverty and social inequality. I am excited to grab this chance with both hands!
My name is Riccardo and I am a 19-year-old Youth Ambassador from Italy.
I began to work as a youth facilitator but I still felt like I wasn’t doing enough. Some months ago, ONE chose me as a Youth Ambassador and provided me with the possibility of doing something concrete and now I feel that I’m able to have an impact on society around me.
I want to reach a high number of students and young people in order to raise awareness about global themes and objectives that we need to pursue together.
I’m Emily and I am a Youth Ambassador for ONE in Ireland.
As a current masters student in international development, I have gained useful insights into issues such as women’s economic empowerment and improving global responses to preventable diseases.
Being a Youth Ambassador with ONE Campaign has provided me with a valuable opportunity to translate these insights into tangible actions, from lobbying MPs for policy and financial commitments to delivering the Poverty is Sexist petition to 10 Downing Street.
Since becoming a Youth Ambassador I’ve realised how important it is to educate others and raise awareness of the issues that many around the world are facing. There is so much we can do from our own countries that can encourage real change – from simply talking to people about the Poverty is Sexist campaign to putting pressure on elected representatives you are inspiring others to lend their voice.
In order to change the world there really is strength in numbers!
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