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Over 250 Youth Activists and Global Citizens Attend UNICEF’s Campus Summit

Over 250 UNICEF youth activists Believe in ZERO. © Angela Jimenez Photography

Over 250 UNICEF youth activists at the UNICEF Campus Initiative Summit Believe in ZERO. © Angela Jimenez Photography

UNICEF youth activists from more than 80 universities and colleges attended the UNICEF Campus Initiative Summit in New York City on the weekend of October 11-13, to learn, share and bring the most recent UNICEF resources back to their local communities.

Caryl, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, shares an excerpt from her book “I Believe in Zero”.

Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, shares an excerpt from her book “I Believe in Zero.” © Angela Jimenez Photography

The Campus Initiative Summit started with inspiring speeches about personal experiences in the field by Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, and Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Panel discussions and workshops throughout the weekend provided in depth information about UNICEF in the field and our work in child protection, education, trafficking, disease elimination and gender equity. Workshops focused on key skill building areas such as leadership development, fundraising, event management, and innovation in service delivery.

Girl Be Heard gives a stellar performance in celebration of the 2nd annual International Day of the Girl Child, Friday October 11.

Girl Be Heard gives a stellar performance in celebration of the 2nd annual International Day of the Girl Child. © Angela Jimenez Photography

On Saturday, a performance by Girl Be Heard provided a creative portrayal of girls’ experiences in a variety of developing countries. Their stories of struggle and their undeniable strength to push through and survive made for a very moving performance.

In addition, the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet provided unique insight into the obstacles faced by women and the poor throughout much of the world.

During the Hunger Banquet, most of the room sat on the floor eating only a cup of rice and drinking no water. Others were fortunate enough to have beans with their rice and one cup of water to drink. A select privileged few were seated at tables and served a multi-course meal with their choice of beverage.

Looking around the room and hearing stories of participants’ experiences with poverty and hunger created solidarity amongst the group. It defined what it truly means to be a global citizen. Although we may legally have a country we call our own, we are all a part of this world. We are a part of a global community.

Summit participants — representing the huge segment of the world’s population that lives on a little over $2.50 a day — sit on the floor during the Hunger Banquet. © Angela Jimenez Photography

Summit participants — representing the huge segment of the world’s population that lives on a little over $2.50 a day — sit on the floor during the Hunger Banquet. © Angela Jimenez Photography

On the last day of the summit, UNICEF Campus Club leaders and members celebrated their local and national advocacy, and education and fundraising impact during a recognition ceremony highlighting the UNICEF Campus Challenge and standout campus programs. Participants left inspired, more connected and knowledgeable on how to take meaningful action for UNICEF and Believing in ZERO.

The UNICEF Campus Initiative is a growing grassroots movement made up of over 120 UNICEF campus clubs around the country that educate, advocate and fundraise for the world’s children.

Join the UNICEF Campus Challenge: All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000 by the George Harrison Fund.

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