The Youth Assembly: A Volunteer’s Perspective
October 17, 2016 – If you had told me that I would have had the opportunity to take photos at one of the most iconic seats of power in the world — at the United Nations, I probably would not have believed you and, yet, somehow, there I was. It’s been a little less than two months since the 2016 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations, so I figured that now is as good a time as ever to recount my experience at the UN.
I have a unique background when compared to most of the participants at the Youth Assembly; unlike many of the people I encountered at the conference, I was not a delegate, but a volunteer photographer. At this point, one might wonder: how does that happen? Quite simple really: I received an email in July from the Government Department of Manhattan College, my school, about a possible volunteer opportunity — The Youth Assembly. On a whim, I decided to apply as a volunteer, and a few weeks later, I found myself in the General Assembly Hall. You know what they say about when opportunity knocks, this is a textbook example of that very adage.
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