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United Nations appoints Monique Coleman as first-ever “Youth Champion”

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Monique Coleman

The UN appointed Disney Actress and youth activist Monique Coleman as a “Youth Champion” for the International Year of Youth at a press conference on 16 November 2010.

Who is Monique Coleman ?

Ms. Coleman is best known for her character Taylor McKessie in the “High School Musical” movies and her recurring role as Mary-Margaret on “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”. Most recently, she launched an online talk show, “Gimme MO”, to empower youth.


What does it mean to be the UN Youth Champion ?

Listen to Monique Coleman’s interview with the United Nations Radio

Monique’s World Tour for International Year of Youth

Throughout the Year, Monique Coleman has been travelling the globe working with local governmental agencies and UN entities conducting a series of youth events. The events bring together groups of people to address youth issues in their respective countries. The purpose of these multi-faceted/interactive events is to draw youth together and provide them with a voice; offering them inspiration, hope, and tools to cope with the many issues that are unique to them right now.


UN Youth Champion’s International Year of Youth World Tour diaries

UN Year of Youth Culmination Event August 2011 New York City
To finish the International Year of the Youth Tour, UN Youth Champion has coordinated a phenomenal youth forum to be held in New York City on August 11, 2011. Click here for more information.

Videos from UN Webcast

Around the World for the International Year of Youth
25 July 2011
Press conference: High-Level Meeting on Youth
25 July 2011
Actress Monique Coleman as UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth - Press Conference
16 November 2010

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  • "International Youth Day 2011: Change Our World "


UN Framework Approach
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  • Create awareness (increase commitment and investment in youth)
  • Mobilize and engage (increase youth participation and partnerships)
  • Connect and build bridges (increase intercultural understanding among youth)


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  • The UN Programme on Youth is pleased to launch the new logo for the International Year of Youth. The official slogan for the International Year of Youth (IYY) is: Our Year. Our Voice.


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  • Are you a young person and a global citizen? We have received a large number of emails from youth around the world informing us of the activities that you are planning to celebrate the Year.