U.S. Partners with Embassy Youth Council to Address Common Challenges

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel addresses the Embassy’s Youth Council virtually during their offsite planning workshop in Lautoka.

Fiji, Suva— On March 17, 2022, U.S. Charge d’Affairs (CDA) Tony Greubel met virtually with members of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council (EYC) and other youth groups in the West Division during EYC offsite planning. CDA Greubel congratulated them for their hard work in helping young people prepare for the future and encouraged them to continue their efforts.

CDA Greubel said: “Young people are resourceful and daring! We look to you for innovative solutions to the challenges ahead: economic recovery from COVID-19, tackling the climate crisis and, most importantly, leading your communities across the region. »

The U.S. Embassy helped the EYC organize its off-site from March 17-19 at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka so that it could develop its skills and establish an action plan for activities in 2022. EYC members are divided into four thematic groups: democracy and good governance, environment and disaster management, arts and education, and entrepreneurship and economic development. The thematic groups will each carry out one project during the calendar year.

The U.S. Embassy Suva established the Embassy Youth Council as an advisory and implementation committee on October 23, 2020. The EYC advises the Embassy on how to develop effective youth engagement youth, promote an inclusive and vibrant civil society, strengthen youth leadership, enhance community service activities, and create space to build a strong partnership between the United States and Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. In 2021, the EYC ran a series of 12 Talanoa webinars and virtual Youth Month activities to discuss the struggles of young people during the COVID-19 crisis.