Agents of Change

US Youth Delegations to the United Nations


COP21 Domestic Team

Agents of Change

Designed to facilitate youth involvement in international sustainable development policymaking, the Agents of Change program trains and organizes youth delegations to UN conferences. Since its establishment in 2004, the program has sent over 600 young people to conferences on climate change, sustainable development, social development, women, and biological diversity. SustainUS delegates work with hundreds of young people from across the globe to advocate for robust environmental and social policies.

Participants of the Agents of Change program engage in hands-on learning about policymaking at the UN while working with youth from around the world. From crafting effective media strategies and publishing op-eds to developing domestic environmental campaigns and lobbying government officials, the skills that delegates learn are valuable and long-lasting. SustainUS equips its delegates with the capacity to be effective leaders to push for strong sustainable development policies at these conferences and back in their communities.

There has never been a more important time to take a stand and raise our voices on the world stage. Today, as we look to the future, we find hope in our ability to inspire, equip, and empower young leaders at the forefront of our global fights for justice.

SustainUS is pleased to launch the Raise Your Voice Application for its 2018 delegation program. US citizens or people currently working in the US who are 30 and under are invited to apply for the opportunity to further develop advocacy and communication skills through active participation in UN Commissions listed below. Apply by December 30, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST for priority consideration: 

The 56th Commission on Social Development (New York)

The 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (New York)

Nominations: We find that people often need an extra boost of confidence to apply. We’re happy to give a nudge to anyone you think would make a stellar candidate. Here’s our nomination form.

UN Commission on the Status of Women

UN Commission on Social Development 

Contact the Agents of Change Program Lead, Kaydrianne Young, at for immediate questions!