By Tiffany Taylor, U.S. Youth Observer at the UN

UNteenBeing the Youth Observer to the United Nations has provided me with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apply my experiences, passions, and interests to a global platform for change.

Over the past year of my term as the second-ever Youth Observer, I have traveled throughout the United States and abroad, learning not only about the opportunities available to me as a global citizen, but also about the hopes, wishes, and concerns of youth throughout the world – views that need and deserve global representation.

I wanted to be the U.S. Youth Observer so that I could encourage other young people to become engaged in supporting the goals of the UN. I wanted to amplify the voices of youth so that we would all be heard at the highest levels. I also wanted to be Youth Observer because I believe in the power of youth. I believe that we can change the world for the better. I genuinely feel the position has afforded me each one of these opportunities.

To this year’s applicants, the best advice I have for carving out a spot – as with any great cause – is to find your own unique voice. As the Youth Observer, I’ve learned that one person can indeed change the world and that we as youth must never underestimate the power of our words, our thoughts, and our vision.

To any young person between 18 and 25 in the United States who is passionate about the United Nations and global affairs, and who is committed to finding his or her voice: Apply for the 2014-2015 United States Youth Observer at the United Nations position.

As the next Youth Observer, you could also be able to travel to speak to UNA-USA Chapters throughout the country. Furthermore, you will engage with youth through blogging, tweeting, and posting photos of your experience.

My generation is the largest cohort of young people ever in history. Now is the time to effect positive change as youth. Apply today!