Writing as a United Nations Association Blogger Fellow

This post was updated on 10/16/2015 with a link to my new post for UNA on representation of women in the media (below).


Oct. 7 2015 — Last month I had the exciting privilege to attend the 2015 Social Good Summit in New York during the UN General Assembly. Then I got to write about what inspired me there for the United Nations Association as a Blogger Fellow. I’m still reeling from the experience and will be writing more about the ideas shared there soon.

In the meantime, you can access what we’ve already written on UNA’s website at the links below:

Click to learn about the 2015 UN Association Blogger Fellows

Click to learn about who the 2015 UN Association Blogger Fellows are

Click for the feed of Blogger Fellow posts about the Social Good Summit

Click for the ongoing feed of Blogger Fellow posts about the Social Good Summit

Click to read my post on crazy celeb sightings on the UN Association's website

Click to read my post for the UN Association on crazy celeb sightings at the Social Good Summit

Click to read my post for the UN Association on how young people can help refugees

Click to read my post for the UN Association on how young people can help refugees

NEW (10/16/2015):

Click to read my newest post for the UN Association on women in the media

Click to read my newest post for the UN Association on women in the media

And finally, if you aren’t convinced of why the UN and it’s newly-adopted “Global Goals” have been so hyped up recently, read this New York Times article that explains:

NYT article

Thanks for following along this exciting journey with me!

New German Language App for Refugee Kids

Photo: BKA/Andy Wenzel, TheLocal.at

Photo: BKA/Andy Wenzel, TheLocal.at

It was so inspiring to open my Politico Brussels Playbook email today and find that Austria’s government has created an app to help refugee children (and soon adults) learn German, so they can begin to integrate into society more easily. This is exactly the kind of creative solution I was calling for in my recent post, ‘I’m Young and Broke. How Am I Supposed to Help Refugees?

It’s especially important that the app, “hallo App Deutsch,” contains pictures and sound in addition to everyday words, because many refugees come from Arabic-speaking countries, and will never have used the Roman alphabet before. As I described in the post mentioned above, it’s much harder for refugees, who have endured unimaginable trauma, to then learn a language from scratch that uses an entirely different alphabet and numbering system than their own.

According to TheLocal.at, an English-language Austrian news site,

“The app, co-funded with corporate sponsorship, is also set to be launched in Germany – the main destination for refugees in recent months – and a version for adults is also planned. The kid’s version will be available for free download from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store from the end of October.”

Many other creative solutions for aiding refugees have emerged over the last few days. The UN’s Refugee Agency recently announced partnerships with Kickstarter, Instacart, and AirBnB that allow you to help to whatever degree you can. Widespread participation and inspiring innovations like these programs will help end the horrors that refugees face.