ONE’s youth advocates around the globe in 2016
Did you know that ONE has student and youth ONE advocates making a difference all over the globe? Around the world in 2016, young people used their voices to support ONE in their own country and participated in some very cool campaigns. Take a look at some of the great things student and youth ONE volunteers from all over the world achieved this year!
In September, while Canada was hosting the Global Fund replenishment conference, ONE members in Canada trained 100 members and built a grassroots network of Parliamentary Riding Leaders. Since then, those leaders have returned to their communities across the country to hold events and push politicians to put Canada back on track to ending extreme poverty by 2030.
In February, the Nigerian ONE Champions took to the streets of Lagos as part of ongoing efforts to advocate for an increase in budget allocation in the Nigerian health sector. Due to the efforts of the ONE Champions, in December, Senate President Bukola Saraki committed to achieving the National Health Care Act.
Back in May, leaders and delegates gathered in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit. UK ONE Youth Ambassadors dressed up as corrupt business people in some flattering morph suits, and spread the word about tax havens and the Trillion Dollar Scandal.
This November, ONE Campus chapters played an integral role in educating their campuses and advocating on U.S. legislation, namely the Education for All Act, designed to reach the 263 million children who are not in school. In just three short weeks before the bill was due to come up for a vote, ONE Campus chapters wrote 933 handwritten letters and did 23 in-person deliveries–producing 10 new co-sponsors and a lot of strong momentum on Capitol Hill.
In October, 20 French ONE Youth Ambassadors met more than 25 Members of Parliament in order to influence the vote about France’s aid budget. They were interviewed by many local radio stations, TV channels, and newspapers. The result? They ended up securing an extra €270 million!
In the Netherlands, Dutch ONE Youth Ambassadors took to the streets… and hugged everyone! They thanked the Dutch public for their (financial) support towards development cooperation. Curious to see how it went? Click HERE.
Irish ONE Youth Ambassadors acted quickly ahead of the General Election in February. Following many lobby meetings, 37 politicians across the country, including the Aid Minister Joe McHugh, publicly committed to fight against extreme poverty.
From posturing actions at 6am, delightful Commissioner cooking times, to nutritious vegetable throwing games and belting out karaoke classics – the Belgian ONE Youth Ambassadors played an important role in all of Brussels’ successes.
The Italian ONE Youth Ambassadors Rocked Against AIDS! Last June, a group of Youth Ambassadors organized a concert in Rome to raise awareness. Youth Ambassador Giulio rocked on stage with his band Panta (pictured above). People said they heard representatives of the government hum one of Panta’s songs when they increased Italy’s contribution to the Global Fund by 40%!
On December 1st, Germany took over the G20 presidency. German ONE Youth Ambassadors wanted to shed a light on Germany’s increased responsibility in protecting the world’s poorest. They took to the streets of Berlin, singing John Lennon’s Imagine and talking to passersby. The Youth Ambassadors illuminated that cold winter evening with a positive and strong message.
Ready to join this global movement in 2017? Sign up to join or start a ONE Campus chapter at your school now.