In the midst of numerous global challenges, OYW Ambassadors have demonstrated their continued leadership in their countries and communities. This week, Ambassadors have been featured by MIT and Forbes, been given prestigious appointments, and have taken a stand against exclusionary practices.
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Michael Tubbs, a former mayor in California who gained international attention for running a guaranteed income program, is joining Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration as a special advisor for economic mobility and opportunity. Learn more.
Dr. Shakira Choonara is currently serving on a high-level independent commission to review the continent's progress towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) targets by 2030, recently leading on the publication of a report on the practical steps towards achieving UTC for persons with disabilities. Learn more.
Andrea Papus Ngombet Malewa
Republic of Congo
Xiomara organised a regional simulation of COP26, with more than 200 participants from 22 countries in Latin America. The event took place with the support of the UK Embassies in Colombia and Ecuador, the Ministry of Environment & Water, Barranquilla +20, Fudena de Ecuador and Pazinde. Learn more.
Pablo Restrepo chaired a panel on Clubhouse with Juan Manuel Santos, the former President of Colombia. More than 1,000 people connected to talk about the legalisation of drugs.
Sebastian Arevalo Sanchez
Sebastian launched the 2021 DataJam Against Exploitation Hackathon. The competition seeks to develop tech-based solutions to combat human trafficking - particularly amongst vulnerable groups - as well as increase public awareness on the issue. Learn more.
Juan Carlos Viloria
Juan Carlos Viloria has been selected to participate in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, an annual initiative where young people can contribute to key policy discussion at the UN. Connect.
United Kingdom / Nigeria
Kemi has organised a fundraiser to support girls and women ages 10-18 living in orphanages and foster homes. The funds will go towards training and skills acquisition programs as well as provide food, clothing and shelter. Donate.
Sara co-authored 'Toxum', the first book on social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding and project management published in Azerbaijani.
Josie was inducted into the National Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, established to honour those who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and raising awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.
After being removed from a restaurant last year, Wandile Mthiyane decided to take a stand against exclusionary practices in South Africa by opening the Anti-Racist Hot Dog pop-up restaurant right above it. Learn more.
Marc Alain Boucicault
Sheree's book 'Demanding More: Why Diversity and Inclusion Don't Happen and What You Can Do About It" was featured by the Financial Times on their list of top titles for April. Learn more.