ISV Attends UNICEF Conference

by isvolunteers on Monday, 12 January 2015


The United Nations Children’s Fund advocates for children’s rights.

In October of 2014 ISV attended the UNICEF Campus Initiative Summit and Millennium Campus Conference at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, by invitation from the US Fund for UNICEF. This gave ISV the opportunity to network with UNICEF campus clubs and work toward expanding our own campus clubs by forging partnerships with other campus organizations in attendance.

For those of you who are not familiar, UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, a UN branch focused specifically on advocating for children’s rights. UNICEF works with governments and non-governmental organizations all over the world on issues regarding child health, education, poverty, and safety. The US Fund for UNICEF is the fundraising arm of UNICEF, based in the United States. They advocate for and promote UNICEF work in a variety of ways, one of which is hosting the UNICEF Campus Initiative Summit. The US Fund for UNICEF has university/college campus clubs all over the United States.

MCC conference

Millennium Campus Conference – fostering partnerships between campus clubs.

The weekend was insightful and inspiring. The UNICEF Campus Initiative Summit celebrated campus club fundraising accomplishments, provided interactive workshops for students about various topics that UNICEF works on, and presented a number of incredibly motivating and dedicated speakers.

The rest of the weekend was dedicated to the Millennium Campus Network’s Millennium Campus Conference, in which the US Fund for UNICEF also participated. It was an engaging event full of debates, discussions, and workshops about issues of sustainability, international development, international and intra-national power dynamics, safety, and mitigating exploitation in development. Both the Conference and the Summit fostered information exchange and partnership between campus clubs.

ISV aims to build new partnerships between ISV campus clubs, UNICEF campus clubs and also some of the organizations we made contact with at the conference. We hope to expand domestic volunteering opportunities for the students involved in our campus clubs, as well as our students who return from volunteering abroad and want to continue serving in their own communities. This is an essential part of our mission to promote global citizenship.

Ruth Plaut Kindergarten

Courtney with an ISV volunteer group at the Ruth Plaut Kindergarten in 2013 (c) Courtney Middlebrook

About the Author: Courtney Middlebrook, an ISV alumnus and current Master’s student in International Development and Public Health, was ISV’s representative at the conference, and has been involved with ISV for a number of years as a Project Leader in the Dominican Republic, where one of our focuses is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. 

 To learn more about ISV and our programs please visit our website.

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