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.
You’re eligible if you…
- Are at least 18 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.?”.
Based on your eligibility and responses, those selected will be invited to join a training on being a UNA-USA Champion!
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Host a virtual event with a speaker from a small business or non-profit.
- Feature a federal, state, or local elected official as a speaker at this UNA-USA partnership event.
- Register five new UNA-USA members and let us know the names and emails of those you got to join.
- Host an interest event/meeting for those interested in starting or being involved in a community or campus chapter.
- Host an event/meeting where you educate college students on the UN, UNA-USA, and your motivations for being a Champion.
- Organize a “sit and chat” at your local library (or other community space) to speak with the community about the SDGs, issues relevant to the community, and how they are related.
- Write an LTE (200-250 words) about a specific issue or topic that is connected to an SDG or the UN’s work.
- Create a blog post (300-500 words) about an issue you’re interested in or interview and write about a member of your community who has done work pertaining to a certain issue (human rights, global health, gender equality, SDGs, etc.).
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 digital advocacy action
- Attend the Global Engagement Summit in New York City
- Attend the Leadership Summit in D.C.
- Participate in Lobby Day during the Leadership Summit in D.C.
- Attend a Global Engagement Online Series event
- Attend a PASSPORT Series event