UNIVERSITY of Portsmouth student Ariane Takyi has been chosen to be a part of the ONE Campaign’s Youth Ambassador programme.
The scheme was launched this month by MP Mhairi Black, a long-term ONE supporter.
ONE are a campaigning and advocacy organisation working to end the injustice of extreme poverty, especially in Africa.
Fifty young people from across the UK were chosen to participate in the year-long scheme.
They will be organising events, lobbying their MPs and getting their stories out in into the media.
They will join a team of 300 ONE youth ambassadors from across Europe.
The organisation will be harnessing the power of the ambassadors up and down the country, by asking politicians to keep aid promises, secure new agreements on financial transparency and deliver ambitious new funding for global health and nutrition.
The youth ambassadors will be campaigning on the Anti-Corruption summit in London in May, on the Nutrition for Growth summit in Rio in August and on a replenishment conference for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the autumn.
The group gathered in London earlier this month for training involving campaigning, using social media and working with the press.
Mhairi Black MP said: ‘As a teenager, the ONE campaign showed me how important it is to use your voice to create a change.
ONE’s youth ambassadors prove that young people are engaged in global issues and the programme gives them an opportunity to really make a difference.
Diane Sheard, UK director of ONE said:
‘With international summits happening this year, world leaders are facing their first test of the Global Goals promises they made last year.
‘ONE’s youth ambassadors will be holding leaders to account for these promises.
‘Their passion for campaigning is a force to be reckoned with.’