In September, UNA-USA challenged youth supporters from across the nation to find the most creative way to thank a UN peacekeeper. We asked, and you delivered! With entries from far and wide, three rose to the top from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC, Georgetown University, and Indiana University.
The winners are:
Alice Deal Middle School:
Alex Waterman and Cecelia Nogueira are 7th graders at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. They were inspired to create this video to thank peacekeepers for protecting children like them in conflict situations around the world.
Led by Veronica Dulin and Rachel Brooks, Georgetown UNA-USA campus chapter members created a comic book about UN Peacekeepers, illustrating how the brave men and women in blue helmets are truly superheroes. The book explores the three principles of peacekeeping- consent, impartiality, and selective force- to show why peacekeepers are an effective and important part of the UN system. In addition, they polled members of the UNA Georgetown chapter on what peace means to them and included it at the end of the book. Download it here!
Led by Kelsey Cooper, Indiana University used the power of blue balloons to make their project a “soaring success.” By decorating the famous Indiana University Sample gates with dozens of balloons symbolizing the 96,000 uniformed personnel deployed to peacekeeping missions worldwide, they attracted people from ages two through 78 to sign thank you cards to UN peacekeepers. They are passionate about engaging the community in understanding and recognizing the importance of UN peacekeeping and, especially, full funding from the United States to support its mission. See photos from their event here!