The Youth and Economic Empowerment Team at Plan International USA would like to introduce the Youth United for Global Action Network to a new initiative: The YUGA Support Committee! In an attempt to better support and connect our YUGA network, we have informally identified youth that will serve as “mentors” to new and existing YUGA Chapters. Currently, the YUGA Support Committee consists of Plan International USA Youth Advisory Board members and current YUGA members that have volunteered to share their experiences with and knowledge of YUGA and Plan International’s advocacy campaigns, international development issues, and youth empowerment initiatives.
The YUGA Support Committee are fellow youth that you can contact if you need any support with your YUGA Chapter! In addition to Plan staff, we hope you will use the mentors as a resource when you are starting your new YUGA chapter, need more ideas for your current chapter, or need assistance organizing your next event! In addition to supporting YUGA chapters, the Support Committee will also be creating toolkits and complimentary webinars (outside of Because I Am A Girl, Give Differently, and Walk4Wells), so that chapters have ample engagement activities and resources throughout the entire year. Ultimately, we hope that the additional support from like-minded youth will create a more energized and connected YUGA Network.
To contact the members of the YUGA Support Committee please email email@example.com and we will forward you to any or all of the mentors!
Meet the YUGA Support Committee!
I first started working with Plan as a volunteer with Amigos de las Americas, a partner organization of Plan’s, in Cajamarca, Peru in the summer of 2013. I’ve always admired the values that Plan promotes and protects when advocating for and empowering youth through many innovative mediums. The voices of youth around the world are bursting with innovation, passion, and leadership, and I am proud to be part of a family that makes those voices heard!
I have been involved with Plan for 10 years now. I helped found YUGA in 2004 after a Plan-sponsored conference with youth from around the world. Since then, I have helped plan YUGA’s Leadership Summit, which provides a place for youth to discuss global issues as well as work on their public speaking and leadership skills. I became involved with the YAB about two years ago. I find youth empowerment and youth involvement to be a major player in any global issue, as all global issues influence youth.
I first got involved with Plan two years ago through the YUGA Leadership Summit. I was so empowered by the Summit that I started a YUGA club at my school and became a member of the YUGA Steering Committee (which has now joined with the YAB). I love being a part of Plan because of the inspiring, hilarious, and deeply passionate people I’ve met by working with them. Plan has helped me see that the world is an amazingly vibrant place, and that there are so many benefits when we embrace it.
I first got involved with Plan when I was nine years old, when I joined YUGA. Since then, I have been involved with YUGA in my school and community. I am excited to be a part of the YAB as it gives me a chance to voice my opinion about various global issues while also getting to know youth that share similar passions as I do.
I have been involved with Plan for 5 years now. I first got involved with YUGA at the Leadership Summit and have been an active member ever since. I also represented Plan at RTI International’s ‘Ideathon’ Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. I am motivated and inspired by all the work that YUGA members do and believe youth empowerment and activism is crucial to solving many current global issues. I hope that together we can develop and expand the YUGA network to reach more communities and inspire more youth leaders.