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2018 Youth Ambassadors

 

Each year, up to 20 high school graduates from across New Zealand are accepted into the World Vision Sanitarium Youth Ambassador Programme.

The programme empowers and enables school leavers to use their voice to mobilise a nation of youth to act against injustice. 

The inspirational and ambitious young Kiwis are given the opportunity to develop their professional skills through personal coaching and mentoring in humanitarian leadership through the year-long programme.

This year, 13 Youth Ambassadors will work alongside World Vision School Partnerships Managers to enable, inspire and engage Kiwi school kids to fight against injustice through the 40Hour Famine.

Youth Ambassador Alumni have gone on to lead meaningful careers in social enterprise, the NGO sector, sustainable start-up businesses, and government. We’re proud to introduce to you this year’s World Vision Sanitarium Youth Ambassadors. 




Shannon from North Canterbury (L)
I’m inspired by… my Christian faith.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… I hope that other young kiwis like me will come to realize the massive importance of giving – giving aid to those in need, giving love freely and giving hope when it costs us so little.

Caitlin from Auckland (C)
I’m inspired by… Martin Luther King. He gave voice to those who didn’t have one, and inspired people to stand up for themselves and allow people to have the rights they deserve. He made history, and changed the way people lived in the past, the present and possibly the future.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui… Be strong, be steadfast and be willing. It is not about how much you give, but about how much love you put into giving.

Cole from Christchurch (R)
My friends and family would describe me as… imaginative, adventurous and funny.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… What you guys are doing is awesome! It’s a unique thing to have a real awareness of the world and a genuine passion to make it better, so keep it up!!




Abigail from Palmerston North (L)
I’m inspired by… probably my parents. They have taught me how to love, how to serve and how to have a relationship with God. Plus, many other amazing things that I am so grateful for.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… I hope New Zealanders, young or old, realise just how much of an impact they create in other people’s lives just by doing the simplest things. Amelia Earhart once said, “A simple act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

Tessa from Lower Hutt (C)
I’m inspired by… my mum! She is so full of wisdom, strength and love and her life is bursting with authenticity and acceptance. Every day she inspires me to do more, dream bigger and love deeper.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… See the hope that comes from a whole generation of young people taking a stand on the real issues. I hope they continue to encourage those around them to get on board.

Lisa from Kapiti (R)
My friends and family would describe me as… loud, funny and a good cook.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… I hope young Kiwis doing the Famine realise how much impact they’re creating. Young people are so powerful, and by doing the 40 Hour Famine, we are using our power to lead the fight for justice.




Shelley from Auckland (L)
I’m inspired by… Jesus, He’s the man.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… Have fun! Remember why we are doing it. Everyone deserves to live life to the full and to reach their full potential! Be selfless, be aware and be grateful. Let’s raise the most we have ever raised! You guys are the change. GO NZ! 

Shani from Auckland (C)
I’m inspired by… stories. Any kind. Movies, shows, and people's stories in real life. A story to me is always powerful and shapes our world today. 
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… Know that every cent you raise makes a difference to our brothers and sister in the world. 

Maeve from Christchurch (R)
My friends and family would describe me as… passionate, kind and witty.
I’m inspired by… my teachers throughout intermediate and high school; they have taught me the power of education, kindness and grit.



Anna from Upper Hutt (L)
My friends and family would describe me as… bubbly, perfectionist and busy.
I’m inspired by… my maternal grandparents. Both Grandma and Grandad have led incredible lives, working in difficult parts of the world and dedicating their lives to the service of others. Also, Malala Yousafzai. Her actions as a young girl oppressed and shot by the Taliban, were hugely influential on my journey with the pursuit of social justice.

Max from Auckland (C)
My friends and family would describe me as… comical, opinionated and perspicacious.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… Before you decide about what you’ll do/not do for the 40HF, spend a little bit of time researching and properly thinking about where the money’s going and what impact it’s going to have, then decide what you want to do.

Zainab from Auckland (R)
My friends and family would describe me as… passionate, loud and determined.
I’m inspired by… Ellen DeGeneres, because she is someone who uses her platform for good – she raises awareness for issues that need attention and is extremely generous. She encourages kindness and many other good values, and I have so much respect for her!



Joshua from Wellington
My friends and family would describe me as… passionate, reliable and caring.
My message to Kiwis doing the 40 Hour Famine this year… Do the 40HF with a strong passion for change; address the issue within your community and why you believe it is important to support this movement; have faith in the process and never feel discouraged when you face an obstacle because this only makes you stronger and better than you once were.