New Youth Reference Group Members


Youth Reference Group Members (L-R): Raven Maeder, Teina Wells-Smith, Samantha Allen, Danielle Newton, Kya Raina Lal, Sophie Goulter and Shawn Thomas.

Five new young people have recently been appointed as members of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Reference Group. Raven Maeder, Teina Wells-Smith, Danielle Newton, Kya Raina Lal and Shawn Thomas join existing members Samantha Allen and Sophie Goulter.

Led by our Special Advisor Youth, Sophie, the Youth Reference Group was created to ensure that young people are engaged in the decisions, priorities and discussions of the New Zealand National Commission.

Members meet three times a year, immediately prior to the National Commission meetings.