Menu Side Navigation Close

The world’s first United Nations Youth Representative Program

Lehigh University's United Nations Youth Representative Program matches UN-accredited NGOs with high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students who serve as that NGO’s voice at the United Nations. We work with NGOs on five continents and focus on a wide range of issues, including environmental sustainability, gender equality and justice, LGBT+ rights, global health, international peace, and many more.

Youth Representatives meet with global decision makers, participate in international conferences, and moderate briefings broadcast worldwide. Our Youth Representatives speak on the floor of the General Assembly and advocate on a variety of platforms related to agenda at the United Nations and worldwide.

Current Youth Representatives

More than one hundred students have served at the United Nations as Youth Representatives. Ranging from first-year undergraduates to Ph.D. students, Youth Representatives visit the United Nations once per month to attend briefings, conferences and private meetings with UN officials on behalf of their NGO. 

There are current opportunities for students to get involved with the Youth Representative Program for the 2019-2020 year. Youth Representatives visit the United Nations at least once per month in an official UN role. You will attend briefings, conferences, and private meetings with some of the most powerful and influential people related to your advocacy efforts.

    The UN Youth Representative Program is not currently accepting applications. For questions about this program please contact Whitney Szmodis: wes307@lehigh.edu