Monique Coleman: First-Ever UN Youth Champion!

Monique Coleman: First-Ever UN Youth Champion!

Congratulations, Monique Coleman!

The actress and activist was just named the UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth!

Monique will serve as the UN Youth Champion until 2011 and shared in the video below, “I just found out today that this position is the first-ever, and that is beyond an honor. It’s truly with great honor that I accept this position. I’ve always been passionate about youth and youth issues which was the inspiration behind my talk show.”

Listen to her full speech below and send her congratulation tweets @gimmemotalk!

Monique Coleman – UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth
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  • amy

    Oh wow thats amazing for Mo!
    Congrats <3

  • Sahina

    wow….congrats to her!!

  • http://IHavenoWordsToSomeone,thatInspireme,ThatsisaGreatArtist,ThatwaspartofHSM,SomeonethathavetheBestGirlfriendandDESERVEDIT,SomeonethatwillhaveGreatsAwardsbutmostImportantthatAllHavetheMostLoyalFans joan

    I love Her and i Know Every Fan Of Mo Are Really Happy and Proud i AM =D

  • Amy

    Cogratulations Momo! You are an inspiration ♥

  • good-one

    Well it’s a start. It is a little presumptuous of the U.N. to designate her a “Champion” rather than recognize her as a “Champion” and throw in with her efforts. That is a huge difference. In the first instance, they create and control her, in the second instance they support her good works. And the Freudian slip of “resignation” in lieu of “recognition”, in the video introduction, is particularly telling.

    Those negative youth stereotypes that the first speaker mentions in the video are not those that would be chosen by youth for themselves, but rather those that have been long conveniently deployed against young people that categorically paint kids as pariahs and are by which to better facilitate age apartheid. Out of sight, out of mind.

    Global economics have stolen the posterity from future generations and consigned those future generations to debt servitude, so that the elites of today, can live large on that borrowed posterity. Also, Youth have been stripped of their very sexuality and made to feel particularly ashamed of their body images, in order to more effectively deny their humanity, and to severely punish that very humanity in too many cases.

    I doubt Monique will actually mount the bully pulpit for suffrage, but in the developed countries, corporatists have managed to supplant the idea that people are fundamentally citizens with the notion that now people are first and foremost consumers.

    CHAMPION: imbued in equal parts with talent, work, luck and nerve.

  • pop86

    Congrats to Monique

  • maria

    So proud of Monique. She is a lovely young woman, and will truly be a wonderful spokesperson for youth issues around the world.

  • craig stairs

    So how does this fit into those at the UN who frequent local prostitutes (male and female – and yes children) when the UN comes to town?

    Is this the UN’s new plan to be like the president and simply indoctrinate children?

  • good-one

    Huh? Indoctrinate children? Kids’ brains have the highest density of brain cells for learning, of anyone. Access to Education is a human right. Access to the Arts and Sciences should be available and Sports shouldn’t just be an elective, available only when schools are rolling in surplus budgets.

    All this trash talk in the controlled media lately finding that kids that stay up past midnight and text are somehow headed for trouble, or that kids that text a hundred or two hundred text messages a day are somehow sex-crazed is a load of malarkey.

    There are also studies out there by renowned sleep scientists that assert that it is near physically impossible for vast numbers of teens to fall asleep before 2:00 a.m., that they are in fact literally hardwired to be awake that late. Those findings would certainly contradict the recent media claim that teens being up that late is an aberrant behavioral indicator.

    “Indoctrination”? Article 19, of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that:

    ” Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

    Some of those pretending a need to limit that freedom suggest that now that the Internet is solidly in place, it is no longer a “frontier”, and other such non-sense. The only true way to have a free market-place of ideas is to actually use it.

    It’s pretty hard to silence kids with a keyboard.

  • emeka Bede Anochirionye

    It is a great deal of honour and recognition Monique.

    I do hope that youths all over the world especially Africa would learn the way of positive morals and social lifestyles from your talk. Being a youth champion recognized by the UN means that you are a leader of youths all over the world and that leaves you with no other options than to lead and live with positive ideals.


    Emeka Anochirionye