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YOUTH FOR CHANGE // JOIN OUR MOVEMENT 

The United Nations Youth Coalition (UNYC) serves to educate North Texas youth and create a movement of action and advocacy to solve the issues facing our generation.

The United Nations Youth Coalition (UNYC) was formed by Pierce Lowary, a student at Highland Park High School. Fueled by passion and great compassion toward social and economic issues affecting global youth, we set out to develop a voice for change, bridging a common cause across numerous cultures and languages.

We are an organization of young North Texans, founded by and uniting young adults to work together to solve the worst socioeconomic issues facing our fellow youth around the world.

The United Nations Youth Coalition is also a proud affiliate of the UN Association-USA Dallas Chapter. By joining our organization, you will receive free membership to the UNA-USA, which serves as a subsidiary of the United Nations Foundation.  The United Nations Foundation links the UN's work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

If creating a better world interests you, please click the button to the right and add your voice to our ranks.  As U.S. President Barack Obama said, "change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we've been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek."

 

Our Founder, Pierce Lowary, welcomes guest and potential youth members to our organization in Spanish.

Our Founder, Pierce Lowary, welcomes guest and potential youth members to our organization in Mandarin.

Our Founder, Pierce Lowary, welcomes guest and potential youth members to our organization in Persian / Farsi .

DONATE

To make a donation and directly support USA for UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), please click the button below to be redirected to our donations page. All donation funds go directly to USA for UNHCR, benefiting the refugees.

 

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

To receive event invitations and VIP updates regarding UNYC, please become a member by clicking the button below. Members will receive the latest information regarding our foundation. Please note, membership is free and exclusive to middle and high school students living in North Texas.

OUR PARTNERS

             United Nations Association                         Dallas Chapter

             United Nations Association
                        Dallas Chapter

         United States Institute of Peace

         United States Institute of Peace

                            UNA-USA 

                            UNA-USA 

                       Embrace Relief

                       Embrace Relief

                                Yoobi

                                Yoobi

CURRENT FOCUS FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

 

SYRIAN REFUGEES

 

 

  What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Imagine…. Imagine you are hungry. Imagine you lived in a place where there wasn’t enough food for you and your brother and sister.  You are hungry. Imagine you had to walk a long distance every day to fill a jug with water and take it back home for your family to drink.  Imagine soldiers in your neighborhood that would knock on your door and tell your family to leave your village or else they will burn your house down.  If you leave your village, where would you go to school tomorrow? Sometimes it is hard to imagine these problems. In parts of our world, you wouldn’t have to imagine.  This could be real life for some children. Sustainable Development Goals are a way to improve life for millions of children (and adults) around the world.   In their own way, each member state in the UN will implement the SDGs. Whether it’s food, water, education, public health or clean air and water, SDSs will help us make life better for the world’s children and the generations that follow.

 

What are the

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Imagine…. Imagine you are hungry.

Imagine you lived in a place where there wasn’t enough food for you and your brother and sister.  You are hungry. Imagine you had to walk a long distance every day to fill a jug with water and take it back home for your family to drink.  Imagine soldiers in your neighborhood that would knock on your door and tell your family to leave your village or else they will burn your house down.  If you leave your village, where would you go to school tomorrow?

Sometimes it is hard to imagine these problems.

In parts of our world, you wouldn’t have to imagine.  This could be real life for some children.

Sustainable Development Goals are a way to improve life for millions of children (and adults) around the world.   In their own way, each member state in the UN will implement the SDGs.

Whether it’s food, water, education, public health or clean air and water, SDSs will help us make life better for the world’s children and the generations that follow.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
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International Career Day - December 13, 2016

UNYC has been invited to participate in World Affairs Council's International Career Day by chairing an information booth.  This yearly event is designed to give high school students a wide perspective on the global landscape including international careers. Please contact Pierce Lowary to volunteer.

 

Help Us Support H.R. 5735

Join UNYC in supporting the Protecting Girls’ Right to Education in Vulnerable Setting Act (H.R.5735).  According to Better World Council: there are 65 million forcibly displaced people worldwide today. Half of refugees are under the age of 18 and only 50% of those are enrolled in primary school, with an even smaller number enrolled in secondary school. Please support the Act by clicking the link to the right. 

 

With the help of Yoobi and Embrace Relief, UNYC Dallas is raising funds to help provide school supplies to Syrian Al Rahma Education Center in Uskudar, Istanbul. This is a private school in Turkey providing education to the children of displaced Syrians living in Istanbul. The facility is currently serving 250 students in total in two separate sessions (elementary grades in the morning, and middle and high school students in the afternoon.)  UNYC is grateful to both Yoobi for their deep discounting of school supplies and Embrace Relief for providing the platform for our committee to help displaced children from Syria in Turkey.   

Any member interested in fundraising for this project, please contact
Pierce Lowary.


PAST EVENTS

 

2016 International Youth Day - August 12

In celebration of International Youth Day, UNYC invited all its members to join in a conference call at 6 p.m. CST on August 12. We discussed our role and responsibility as youth in promoting the 17 Global Goals.

Cyber Security Conference, August 1-5, 2016

In collaboration with CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program and University of Texas - Dallas (UTD), UNYC facilitated and sponsored a one week AFA CyberCamp at UTD.

 
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UNA - USA Leadership Summit and Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. (June 12-14, 2016)

We attended the UNA - USA Leadership Summit and Advocacy Day. Pierce Lowary was invited to give a presentation on UNYC. 

World Refugee Day, June 11 & 18

UNYC participated in World Refugee Day, including celebrating refugees' homelands and present homes in America. Activities included a naturalization ceremony, a voter registration drive, and a health, employment, and educational resources fair.

 

The Thanks-Giving Foundation 35th National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 5, 2016

UNYC was invited by the Thank-Giving Foundation to attend the 35th Annual National Day of Prayer assembling civic, community, religious, business leaders, and NGOs in celebration of unity around thanksgiving and gratitude.

 

Youth Refugees: Stories of Conflict, Courage, and Resettlement in Dallas
May 24th, 2016

UNYC members were invited to attend the World Affair Council event featuring three refugee high school students from Nepal Malaysia, and Iran.  

 
 

 

"Spirits Homecoming"

 Documentary on WWII Korean Comfort Women | Film screening 

In April, Film Director, Cho Jung-Rae, and Director of the House of Sharing, Dr. Shin-Kwon Ahn, joined UNYC and a 90 year old surviving comfort woman from Korea, Lee Ok Seon, as she shared her life experience. She made this historic visit in what could be her last chance to share her story through this film screening and interview.

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YMCA Dallas Model UN Assembly 2016 (April 1st & 2nd, 2016)

180 delegates from all over the state of Texas came together over the course of two days for the 2nd annual YMCA Model UN Assembly event to celebrate diversity and conflict resolution. Each delegate represented their assigned country in a number of sessions including the Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Security Council.  The event was lead by an introduction from UNYC Dallas to introduce the Global Goals. Pierce Lowary served as Chair of the Human Rights Committee. 

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United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week - Syrian Panel Discussion

Pierce Lowary led a panel discussion about the status of Syrian refugees and the vetting process. The event took place on February 27th at the University Park United Methodist Church with Syrian Refugee Activist, Sana Mustafa from the United Nations.

 
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70 Strong - United Nations

Pierce was so honored to welcome guests and open the ceremonies in four different languages to the "70 Strong" event, commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations. 

United Nations International Day of Peace

UNYC organized and moderated a panel of several refugees to educate the youth audience regarding their experience and their migration. This event was in collaboration with the UNA-USA Dallas Chapter, the United States Institute of Peace's Global Peacebuilding Center, the Refugee Services of Texas, Inc., and the International Rescue Committee.

 
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Alpha Kappa Alpha ASCEND DFW Model UN Conference

Pierce would like to give a special thank you to the AKA Sorority for allowing him to serve as the facilitator and a select speaker at their ASCEND Metroplex MUN Conference. 

Thanks-Giving Square Interfaith Council Festival of Faiths

Pierce was honored to serve as the official emcee for the 2015 Festival of Faiths. This event brought a variety of interfaith groups together for a multi-cultural celebration, while showcasing their religious and holiday traditions through song, dance, music, and much more. 

 

Model UN International Conference in New York City

Pierce, along with a fellow classmates, represented Highland Park High School and served as the school's first representatives at the Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference in New York City. 

UNA-USA Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC

Pierce went to Capitol Hill to advocate for the United Nations, as the only high school student representative in the nation working on behalf of UNA-USA. The annual meeting hosted numerous elected officials and policy makers.