Monique Coleman

Actress and 2010 United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth

Monique is most recognized as Taylor Mckessie in Disney’s High School Musical franchise. However, her most significant role came in 2010 when she was appointed the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth.

With this title, Coleman embarked on a self initiated global tour which spanned 24 countries in 6 months. Her aim was to raise awareness about the most pressing issues facing youth, encourage young people to foster progress in their communities and urge the international community to take responsibility on youth issues.

Following the tour, Monique has been the keynote speaker or host at several major events including World Youth Day (Madrid, Spain), UNESCO Youth Forum (Paris, France), International Day of Peace (UN Headquarters), and The World Leadership Dinner. She has had the distinguished honor of interviewing the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Coleman is the Founder and CEO of an online plaform that facilitates safe dialog about the real issues youth face. She is a Girl Up Champion for the UN Foundation and Peace One Day Education Ambassador.

“Acting is my passion, advocacy is my purpose”. ~Monique Coleman

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