US Embassy launches youth initiative

US ambassador Joseph Cella during a press conference at their embassy in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU/FILE

The United States Embassy in Fiji yesterday launched its newest initiative — the Embassy Youth Council — in a bid to empower youth of five countries in the Pacific.

US ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella said members of the Embassy Youth Council were a diverse group that would work in collaboration with progressing aspiring leaders of today who were vital to the Pacific’s continued development.

“The council will be part of a larger advisory network to promote and empower the youth of the five countries covered by Embassy Suva — Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu,” he said.

Mr Cella said the youth council would serve as a bridge between the US Embassy Suva and youth in the region.

“Members of this inaugural council will assist in guiding broad outreach programs and promote leadership skills.

“Together we will find innovative and appropriate solutions to youth challenges, strengthen youth leadership, as well as amplify youth voices.”

As part of the launch, Mr Cella and newly-inducted youth council members planted a dedicatory tree on the embassy grounds to mark the beginning of the council and to symbolise the growing relationships that would stem from the initiative.

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