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Youth Ambassadors

Our Youth Ambassadors play an important role in educating children around New Zealand about their rights and responsibilities, as laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

They work hard to enable youth voices to be heard when important decisions affecting their lives are made.

Article 12 of the Convention states that the views of children and youth should be considered in all matters affecting them. For Save the Children, we believe that the core purpose of children’s participation is to empower them as individuals and members of civil society, giving them the opportunity to influence the actions and decisions that impact their future.

We want to grow a national movement of informed young citizens that actively help create a New Zealand they are able to thrive in, and are proud of. 

Our report

Our Rights Our Voices describes the thoughts and experiences of young people across Aotearoa NZ, and the issues they have identified as important.  The report is a window into the lives and wishes of a generation of young New Zealanders; sharing their thoughts, experiences and opinions. The report identifies key issues important to young people, and a set of recommendations for government and society.

Download the report

Why this report?

The New Zealand government is currently reporting on progress to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) as part of the 5th periodic reporting. The report was produced to enable the participation of young people in this process. 

The government of New Zealand signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1993 and is required to report to the United Nations on the progress made for children every 5 years. The report was produced to enable the participation of young people in this process and was  made possible with funding from Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa (ACYA). More information on the 5th periodic review is available on the MSD website.

How was it produced?

Youth ambassadors from Save the Children NZ and UNICEF NZ produced and wrote the report. Young people were involved in all parts of the process, including designing questions, consulting young people, analysing data, writing the report and developing recommendations for government and society.  A total of 1198 young people across the country were consulted as part of the report.

Where to from here

As work progresses on the implementation of the CRC, we believe that New Zealand’s youngest citizens must be involved in the process. We request the government provides real opportunities for young people and children/tamariki in Aotearoa NZ to be heard, and have their voices taken into account, when policies or decisions concerning them are created.

Join the gang

We have a great team of youth ambassadors, and are always looking for more! If you are interested in joining us, please contact us.

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What do we do?

Prince Harry with youth ambassadors Jayden and Sulani at Government House AKL 2015

Advocate

We lead, advocate and discuss with the government and policy makers about how to improve the well-being of children and young people in New Zealand

Unify

We bring together youth voices whenever the government, policy makes, businesses and the United Nations seek young people's perspectives.

Empower

We run projects that promote leadership and responsible citizenship.