Young people need support with best resources

Monique Coleman

Monique Coleman

The first ever United Nations Youth Champion, Monique Coleman, is calling on the UN and its agencies to support young people with the best resources they have.

The United States actress, best known for her role in the "High School Musical" movies, was speaking in Pretoria, South Africa as she continued her world tour.

Ms. Coleman has been touring the world since the beginning of the year to raise awareness of International Year of the Youth, under the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.

She has been speaking to young people and says she plans to use new media to raise awareness about their issues.

"So my hope is by using social media such as Face book, Twitter and my own personal website that I will be able to gain a large enough following to really let the UN and other agencies really  understand the importance of focusing on youth but also supporting young people with the best of their resources because the youth are not the future. They are very much the present."

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