Is Selena Gomez still a UNICEF Ambassador? All about Trick-or-Treat campaign for which singer was a spokesperson

Selena Gomez Visits Dylan
Selena Gomez Visits Dylan's Candy Bar For Unicef's 2008 Trick-Or-Treat. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Selena Gomez is a singer, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. In August 2009, she was appointed the youngest UNICEF Goodwill ambassador in the United States and continues to work with the organization. Gomez has been with UNICEF since she was 17 and has participated in several campaigns for the welfare of underprivileged children.

In an interview with Forbes in 2011, Gomez revealed that her role as a UNICEF ambassador is to use her "voice" and "platform" to educate kids. In October 2008, the Rare singer was named the spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.

Gomez reprised her role as spokesperson for the campaign from 2009 to 2012. As part of the welfare programs, she traveled to Ghana, Nepal, Chile, and other parts of the world.


Selena Gomez's work as a spokesperson for Trick-or-Treat campaign

Selena Gomez Visits Dylan's Candy Bar For Unicef's 2008 Trick-Or-Treat. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
Selena Gomez Visits Dylan's Candy Bar For Unicef's 2008 Trick-Or-Treat. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Gomez gained popularity with her role in Disney's Wizards Of Waverly Place and was soon recognized by UNICEF as the youngest person in the USA to be their ambassador. She was named the spokesperson for UNICEF's 2008 Trick-or-Treat campaign.

The campaign's aim was to encourage children to collect donations for UNICEF while trick-or-treating on Halloween. It was a success, and Gomez raised over $700,000 for the charity in 2008.

Gomez returned to her role as spokesperson for UNICEF's 2009 Trick-or-Treat campaign. The Monte Carlo star's huge fan following also contributed to the campaign's success, as her advocacy included promotion through social media.

The third time was the charm as the then 18-year-old returned as the UNICEF spokesperson for the 60th anniversary of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign in 2010. In October 2010, Gomez and The Scene held a benefit concert at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, celebrating the 60th anniversary.

Additionally, Selena Gomez also released a limited-edition T-shirt as part of her former fashion line, Dream Out Loud. Sales from the benefit concert and her clothing line went to UNICEF's lifesaving programs for children.

In an interview with Forbes in 2010, Gomez revealed her entrepreneurial decisions and worked with UNICEF. She said,

"I feel really really happy when I connect with UNICEF. With my clothing line, we did something for Trick or Treat. We did a UNICEF tshirt- we sold two tshirts and all the funds went to UNICEF."

While juggling her acting and music career, Selena Gomez was motivated to "do something good" and be part of a change. In an interview with Seventeen, Gomez revealed her experience of being part of the UNICEF family and said,

"This is now the third year in a row I have been the spokesperson for Trick or Treat for UNICEF and I am very happy to be a part of the UNICEF family."

A UNICEF ambassador since 2009, Selena Gomez has raised awareness, funds, and advocacy for the world's most vulnerable children. The singer and actress has often expressed gratitude for participating in campaigns that help children across the world.

Over the years, Selena Gomez has continued advocacy in one way or another. More recently, she has raised funds for youth mental health welfare through her beauty brand, Rare Beauty.

Edited by Gayatri Chivukula
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