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United Nations U.S. Youth Observer: Brooke Loughrin

Brooke Loughrin, junior in the Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College, has worked to stop the begging cycle of poor girls on the streets of Mali, Africa through the Fabric of Life Foundation, travelled to Iran with a United Nations Association sponsored delegation, experienced cultural and racial gaps while living in India and Senegal, studied Farsi in Tajikistan, been the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Noor: The Boston College Middle East and Islamic Studies Journal, and much more. Her latest achievement was being selected as the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer by the United Nations Association of America (UNA-USA) in September of 2012. Loughrin has accomplished so much because of her dedication to her community and the future of our world, which flourished at a young age.

In her position as U.S Youth Observer for the UNA-USA, Loughrin has used her responsibility to get young people involved in international diplomacy and development. She has used this platform to travel around the U.S. and abroad to discuss with teens opportunities within the UN, as well as initiatives that can be taken to improve their own communities. Loughrin describes her role as an, “opportunity to see the variety of ways in which students are being inspired to take initiative.” She recognizes the value students have for the UN.

“Students are a fresh voice for the UN. They’re smart, confident and dedicated to changing the world… The movement is called GenerationUN, or GenUN, and it is a national student initiative that engages a generation of young people in the work of the UN by empowering them to inform, inspire, and mobilize their peers to support the vital work of the UN,” said Loughrin.

Loughrin began her career in public service by volunteering for the Fabric of Life Foundation. She encourages other youth to get involved with volunteering as well.

“Volunteering can help you to explore your interests, meet new people, and add experience to college applications, work resumes, and scholarship and grant proposals,” Loughrin said.

Brooke Loughrin acknowledges that her position as the U.S. Youth Observer has sparked an increased interest in working for the UN in the future. In the future she hopes to garner a stronger relationship between the U.S. and the UN.

To learn more about Brooke Loughrin, check out her bio on the UNA-USA website or read about her experiences as a Youth Observer on her blog.