United Nations Educational Pilgrimage for Youth (U.N.E.P)
The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth is an educational tour of approximately two weeks duration for 16 and 17 year old young people who have at least one year left in high school.
This unique Educational Program was established by The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1949 when the United Nations was just a four year old “toddler.” Annually the UN Pilgrimage brings together high school students from around the world to study and learn about the United Nations. For young adults interested in world affairs, international relations ,economics and/or political sciences this is an opportunity of a lifetime to observe the United Nations in person while exchanging views on education, politics and religion. Students tour the United Nations building and listen to behind-the-scenes briefings conducted by specialized United Nations agencies and departments including Ambassadors, Minister Counselors and Country Representatives. Each student (delegate) will participate in in-depth discussions with other young people from around the world as well as make new and lifelong friends. In addition, students experience one of the greatest cities in the world: New York. Attending a Broadway play; St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and much more.
In the years since it was established, over 43,000 people have participated in the UN Pilgrimage. Growing in popularity, the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth program has been garnering growing public attention in the United States, Canada and abroad. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the advisory List of National Contests and Activities.
In 1999, The Sovereign Grand Lodge established the I.O.O.F. United Nations Educational Pilgrimage for Youth, Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation to administer The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth. All Tour fees are paid directly to the U. N. Pilgrimage, however all donations in the United States may be made to the U.N.E.P.Y., Inc. and are deductable accordance with the U. S. Tax code. Canadian citizens may make donations through the Ontario Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Central Humanitarian Services Committee.
Check the website www.unpilgrimage.org for further details.