Launching the New UNA-USA Champions Program

We are excited to launch a new program – UNA-USA Champions – targeted to members who want deeper engagement but live in areas where there is no chapter. Champions will be key advocates and play a key role in expanding UNA-USA’s reach across the nation, and are already interested or invested in UN issues.

Apply Now!

Who’s eligible?
You’re eligible if you…

  • Are at least 21 years of age.
  • Are a UNA-USA member
  • Live in the U.S. in an area where there is no UNA-USA chapter
  • Have no chapter affiliation on record (i.e. be registered as a Member-at-Large, formerly National member, which indicates you are not affiliated with a chapter).
  • Do not serve on a leadership position with a chapter.

 

To apply, please submit the online form. You should also have prepared for the form:

  • At least one social media handle, which should be made public, to track your digital engagement.
  • A response (300-500 words) in the form of a blog post to the question: “Why are you passionate about continued U.S. participation and leadership at the U.N.?”.
    • Use your personality! This isn’t academic or technical writing, it’s creative – this should show your voice and style.
    • (You can see UNA-USA blog posts here and here. for general examples)

 

Based on your eligibility and responses, those selected will be invited to join a training on being a UNA-USA Champion!

 

Activity Expectations
Champions should complete at least six of any combination of the below activities. Depending on their skills, interest, and capacity there are a variety of actions Champions can take! Actions can be repeated, such as meeting with your congressmember’s staff in-district twice a year counts as two activities. UNA-USA provides training, toolkits, and other resources to help Champions in each of these activities.

There are different engagement levels based on the activities you can engage in and the accumulated points, which helps UNA-USA recognize you and all of your efforts: Star, Pro, and Advocate. The more points you accumulate within 12 months, the more ways UNA-USA can recognize your efforts!

Below are the various activities you can act on through this program.

Advocacy

  • Meet in-district with federal elected officials or members of their professional staff to make the federal ask: full UN funding.
  • Meet with state or local officials or members of their professional staff.
  • Organize a “phone bank” event for members of your community to call members of congress to encourage support of the UN.
  • Organize five current or potential UNA-USA members to engage in a volunteer project on behalf of UNA-USA.
  • Coordinate an event in the community around a UN or UNA-USA initiative (MyDiplomat, Adopt-A-Future, International Women’s Day, UN Day, etc.).
  • Obtain a mayoral proclamation for UN Day (October 24) or Human Rights Day (December 10).
  • Gather 20 people to submit one of UNA-USA’s digital advocacy actions

 

Build Support

  • Work with local government or an organization such as a business, non-profit entity, or school in your area that has interest in working with UNA-USA in a collaborative event around the sustainable development goals or a day of recognition such as International Women’s Day or Earth Day.
  • Feature a federal, state, or local elected official as a speaker at this UNA-USA partnership event.
  • Organize a chapter interest meeting in UNA-USA in a community venue or college campus in your area.
  • Register five new UNA-USA members

 

Educate

  • Speak about UNA-USA and your motivations and experiences as an advocate for the UN at a community event.
  • Formally arrange an event where you educate young people about the UN at school or community group.

 

Spread Digital Awareness

  • Support/mention of UNA-USA, the UN, and/or the SDGs
  • Acknowledging official UN international day (e.g. International Women’s Day, International Mother Earth Day, Human Rights Day, UN Day, etc.) and UNA-USA event/support/impact.
  • Retweet or share a UNA-USA post.
  • Share a UNA-USA petition/call to action

 

Participate

  • Attend the Global Engagement Summit in New York City in February.
  • Attend the Global Leadership Summit in D.C. in June.
  • Participate in Lobby Day during the Global Leadership Summit in D.C. in June.