UN Youth is a non-profit organisation that provides civics education outside the traditional classroom context. Through fun workshops, Model UN, and outreach events, we engage secondary and tertiary students in the most pressing affairs of their country and the international community.
Throughout Aotearoa, our work equips young people to become informed, engaged, and critical New Zealanders who understand their global context and the connections between the local and the global. Our organisation provides young people with the necessary educational and social skills to excel. Annually, over 2000 young New Zealanders from Northland to Southland attend a UN Youth event.
Nationally, UN Youth hosts three events and an online diplomacy competition. We lead four international trips — a development trip to Australia and Vanuatu for high school students, a study tour through Europe for high school students, a trip to the Asia-Pacific Model United Nations conference for tertiary students, and a trip to the Harvard National Model UN in the United States for tertiary students.
UN Youth is powered by a body of 150 volunteers across the country who dedicate many hours of their week to engaging young people and growing the organisation.