The Youth Working Group.


We are a collective of leaders under 26 who have set out to advance social progress in the U.S. and abroad. We run projects that engage young people in various paths to progress, from peace building to sustainable development.



The Youth Working Group mission is to engage youth in the work of the U.S. National Commission to UNESCO while simultaneously empowering youth to lead therein. Formed as a working body of the U.S. National Commission, YWG and its members have played pivotal roles in strengthening the recognized value add of UNESCO and the work of the Commission. 



Our History.

The Youth Working Group began when Secretary Hillary Clinton appointed Alex Wirth as the first youth commissioner to the National Commission to UNESCO. He subsequently set up the group as a direct path for engaging young leaders in high level change and served as its Chair.

Since then, the Youth Working Group has assembled a task force of exceptional young leaders from across the United States. The group has developed inspired projects such as Global Hangouts, which convenes high energy youth to have conversations and share knowledge about social change, as well as live events bringing together leaders in the public sector and inspiring young change makers.

In 2015, Nathaniel Erb was elected as the second Chair of the Youth Working Group. Since then, the group has focused on being a resources for the many entities within the National Commission in engaging youth and identifying inspiring youth lead endeavors to be elevated through the work of the National Commission. Learn more about our members here.


As the Youth Working Group, we inhabit a unique position in the government as one of the few of such groups advising a major entity. This position affords us great opportunity and the measures of our success are entirely up to us to decide. We must drive ourselves but focus on the needs of others.

Youth leadership is not simply about leading youth. It is about showing, in everything, how youth can be leaders of equal merit. It is about demonstrating how to value the counsel of previous generations while not waiting for someone to give us the "green light" to create the change we know is needed. If we, in our work, can inspire those around us, or, even just in ourselves, retain the passion to make the work a better place throughout our lives we could collectively unlock the potential to for a world open to all.

- Nathaniel Erb, Chair of the Youth Working Group