UNICEF Young Ambassadors is an innovative program pioneered in Los Angeles that joins together over 50 students, ages 10-15, to fundraise on behalf of UNICEF. They serve as a voice for children around the world and advocate for UNICEF’s work in their communities.
The program was started in 2013 by Christina Zilber and several other Southern California regional board members. The first year was devoted to fundraising for The Eliminate Project, a campaign to end maternal and neo-natal tetanus. As champions of the belief that no child should die from a completely preventable disease, the Young Ambassadors raised enough money to vaccinate 70,000 women from tetanus and educate them on safe birthing practices.
This year, the Young Ambassadors are focused on supporting Child Friendly Spaces in China.