Children in Brazil are learning how to advocate for their rights. Through the Urban Platform Program, young people are being trained in the skills of communications, advocacy, community organizing, and leadership. This intensive work takes place in Rio and São Paolo’s favelas, which are some of the most notorious urban slums in the world. We are grateful to have The Prudential Foundation as a partner supporting the Urban Platform Program, and when they visited Rio de Janeiro with me they were awed at these young people who were making their voices heard.
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The Warren Prep Academy is a small primary school in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, made famous in many Spike Lee films. Not nearly as famous is the nurturing community of learners inside this school’s walls. Guidance counselor Rasheeda Brown believes in the two aforementioned five-word phrases, and she organized a career fair to give them substance. TeachUNICEF brought the global education angle to a point made by the remarkably wide range of career areas there: that they are going to have to work with all kinds of people as they embrace their tomorrow.
Recently, at a UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, three young adults were invited to lead and make their own voices heard. The UN Global Platform provided an amazing opportunity for these youths to join in the conversation, and the extraordinary young adults Andra and Tricia, both 14 from the Philippines, and Johnson, 17, from Kenya rose to the occasion.
For the very first year, US Fund for UNICEF and the UNICEF High School Club program participated in the United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights.