The Unmentionables Names Aoki Lee Simmons and Callan McAuliffe as First Youth Ambassadors

Austin, TX: Global nonprofit The Unmentionables is thrilled to announce Callan McAuliffe and Aoki Lee Simmons as their first Youth Ambassadors. They will be joining Global Ambassador Kimora Lee Simmons as advocates for The Unmentionables’ mission to provide safe and consistent access to intimate health education, services, protection, and empowerment programs for refugees. 

The Walking Dead’s Callan McAuliffe (23) is no stranger to philanthropic causes. In addition to appearing as a series regular in the upcoming season of the hit television show, he also acts as a National Ambassador for UNICEF Australia. As Youth Ambassador for The Unmentionables, Callan will support education initiatives relating in particular to male sexual and reproductive health, relationships, and masculinity. The Unmentionables will be expanding on its male sexual and reproductive health curriculum by piloting programs focused on masculinity and healthy relationships in Greece later this month. 

“When listening to these folks describe their work, there was a recurrent phrase of particular importance to me: "evidence-based". It's for the thoroughly researched, well focused, ask-don't-tell nature of what they do that I most admire The Unmentionables, and I am beyond honoured to be involved as a Youth Ambassador for their cause,” says McAuliffe.

Aoki Lee Simmons (15) is the youngest daughter of fashion model and designer Kimora Lee Simmons and entrepreneur Russell Simmons. An aspiring archaeologist and talented writer, Aoki has been making waves this year as a positive role model for young people. As Youth Ambassador, she will support The Unmentionables’ youth-related programming, including its empowerment program, UnExposed, which provides young refugees with the skills to tell their own story through in-depth photography education and mentoring. Aoki and her family joined The Unmentionables in August 2017 to help survivors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and then again in Athens, Greece in June 2018, where Aoki volunteered her time at The Unmentionables Resource Center and a local refugee camp. This fieldwork has inspired Aoki to take on a larger role with the organization.

"I am grateful to have been born into circumstances that have provided access to a safe and healthy life. Serving as The Unmentionables' Youth Ambassador will allow me to advocate on behalf of displaced young people, ensuring they regain access to their fundamental rights,” says Simmons.

The announcement of these two young people stepping into their new philanthropic roles comes on the heels of the United Nations’ International Youth Day on August 12, which celebrates young changemakers who are raising awareness for the challenges faced by today’s youth. 

Rachel Javellana