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U.S. Fund at work in our own backyard

— While our work at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is focused on helping children around the world, we also support organizations in our own back yard–helping make the city we call home a better place for children

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Youth sacrificing to help youth

Martin Rendón is the Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

With schools across the country emptying out for Summer Break, our Nation’s Capital now is flooded with thousands of students who are touring the sights. Among them was an outstanding group of State College Area School District students from Pennsylvania.

The students were in LifeLink PSU, a program for 18- to 21-year-olds with special needs. In partnership with Penn State University, LifeLink helps these young people in the “Wild Dream Team” transition to adult responsibilities.


The Wild Dream Team and Teri Lindner, LifeLink PSU Executive Director presenting a check to UNICEF USA's Martin Rendon, Vice President, Office of Public Policy and Advocacy.
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The Wild Dream Team and Teri Lindner, LifeLink PSU Executive Director presenting a check to UNICEF USA’s Martin Rendon, Vice President, Office of Public Policy and Advocacy.

The Wild Dream Team students of LifeLink PSU had been raising funds earlier this year for a planned trip to the Bahamas. But when the earthquake struck Haiti in January, they decided to redirect the money to help the children of Haiti. Through their hard work and persistence, they raised $20,000 for Haitian relief.

We are deeply honored they chose to contribute this money to UNICEF’s efforts in Haiti. It was an uplifting example of youth in the United States sacrificing to help the youth of Haiti.

I met the students during their visit to Washington at the Lincoln Memorial for a ceremony to accept their check for Haitian relief. On behalf of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I saluted them for their sacrifice and compassion for others – cherished characteristics of the American spirit. In the shadow of the statue of President Lincoln, I encouraged them to continue as good citizens to share their concerns for the children of the world with our country’s leaders.

May the Wild Dream Team students of LifeLink PSU inspire all of us to help children in need as they did and to work for a world where no child dies of preventable causes.

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New Year’s resolution: change the world

— New Year’s resolutions tend to be more about changing ourselves than changing the world. But sometimes, grandiose as it sounds, changing yourself can mean changing the world. Eight-year-old Jack, a third-grader with a mission, is proof of that. © U.S. Fund for UNICEF Jack & Ivan are proof that no matter how old you are […]

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Chloe at the Children’s Climate Forum

Chloe Songer is one of the four delegates chosen to represent the United States at the Children’s Climate Forum (CCF) taking place in Copenhagen. The U.S. Delegates will be sharing their experiences at the CCF on Fieldnotes.

We have been stretched beyond our limits the past few days; stepping far out of our usual comfort zones to engage in a forum centered on diversity, the environment, and making change. Fundamental cultural divisions of religion, language, economic status etc. that would in theory separate, have only brought the delegates closer.

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Olivia at the Children’s Climate Forum

Olivia Zhu is one of the four delegates chosen to represent the United States at the Children’s Climate Forum (CCF) taking place in Copenhagen. The U.S. Delegates will be sharing their experiences at the CCF on Fieldnotes.

We were at the Guldberg school today, meeting with Danish kids from the Climate Class, a complete environmental education one day per week. We were greeted by a lot of smiling faces waving flags of our different nations as we entered the school building. The sixth grade choir sang a traditional Danish song to welcome us, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as a message of the hope for the future, and a surprise song

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Becca at the Children’s Climate Forum

Becca Arbacher is one of the four delegates chosen to represent the United States at the Children’s Climate Forum (CCF) taking place in Copenhagen. The U.S. Delegates will be sharing their experiences at the CCF on Fieldnotes.

We easily settled in to work at the UNICEF Children’s Climate Forum. On the first day I chose a workshop on Climate Justice.


Delegates from around the world attending the Children's Climate Forum pose for a picture.

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