As the world grapples with balancing the pandemic and some communities gradually return to a semblance of normal, OYW Ambassadors continue to demonstrate their leadership in their communities around the world. Over the past few weeks, Ambassadors have received prestigious appointments in governance, helped draft the new EU resolution and have impacted thousands through global digital events. Learn more below.
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Our #OpenLetter Justice for #GeorgeFloyd Campaign continues to make waves across #Europe— Fatima Zaman (@effbeezee) July 8, 2020
Passing a Resolution in the EU Parliament with @yasmineouir @bjornih @ARDIEuroParl - we continue to press for change! Pleased to be profiled by @EnjeuxTV for #BLM https://t.co/rcXrVchfMu
Fatima Zaman presented the open letter titled 'Justice for George Floyd" at town halls with Now Humanity and Redbridge Council, London. The open letter was integrated into the new EU resolution and the European Parliament acknowledged BLM, white supremacy, colonialism and slavery as part of its history for the first time.
Christian Routouang Mohamed Ndonga
Christian was appointed as Minister for Youth and Sports in Chad. He will work towards a 2030 vision for Chad by promoting and empowering youth and sports in order to create generational change throughout the country's development.
Morgan Hewett's website Options MD received backing from United Healthcare, the largest healthcare company in the world, and was accepted into the Techstars Accelerator, which has a 0.5% acceptance rate.
Options MD uses data to connect consumers with medications that better fit their lifestyle.
The one-year programme aims to create a network of high potential young Nigerians who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in the public sector and other spheres of activity over the next decade.
Nelson Olanipekun's initiative "Citizens' Gavel" completed the 2020 Forbes Digital Startup Accelerator. The virtual accelerator brought in nearly 4,000 applications from across the country, with 200 making the final cut. The programme involves four intensive weeks of digital training to help build and scale the companies for the future.
Jenifer Colpas' organisation Tierra Grata was named a finalist in the energy category at the Latin American Green Awards. The Awards have received more than 10,000 applications throughout the region and are recognised internationally as the "Oscars of Environmental Awards". 500 proposals relevant to achieving the SDGs have been chosen so far.
"I truly believe that this is the beginning of greater things to come" 💬 @KennyImafidon— BBC Children in Need (@BBCCiN) July 14, 2020
Our Trustee, Kenny Imafidon, on our partnership with @1Xtra & our £10M pledge matching Stormzy's donation to support young Black lives in the UK → https://t.co/a30lShOodq
As a trustee of BBC Children in Need, Kenny Imafidon helped push for the organisation's £10 million funding pledge to tackle racial inequality and support young Black talent in the UK. The pledge was inspired by Stormzy's commitment to provide funding the benefit young Black lives over the next 10 years. Kenny also spoke to the BBC about the importance of the anti-racism movement and focussing on equity instead of equality.
Caritta Seppä spoke at the AUDI AG Innovation Award in Taiwan. She shared more about her journey and how she began to collaborate with corporates and organisations such as Audi Environmental Foundation through Tespack Ltd.
Mike De La Peña
Mike De La Peña's organisation Positive Youth Development Network presented the Young House Heroes Initiative and the results of the Rapid HEEEADSS assessment during the committee hearing for the mental health ordinance of Iloilo City. This event marks a significant step in the way leaders are increasingly acknowledging the power of young people's voices.
Vincent Egunlae was named as a finalist for the 2020 UK Social Mobility Awards in the 'Rising Star' category. The award recognises & celebrates the achievements of businesses and organisations across the country in their work of advancing social mobility. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner which will be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in October.
Pratik Gauri was featured in Entrepreneur magazine, where he spoke about his journey founding 8 startups by the age of 29, spearheading the 5th Industrial Revolution, the impact of Covid-19 on his businesses and his future plans for continuing to positively impact people's lives.
Robin Lewis was appointed as a board member at Shibuya QWS, Japan's leading innovation hub. Shibuya QWS is a members-only facility located on the 15th floor of the newly opened Shibuya Scramble Square. Under the concept of "a crossroads of possibilities, from Shibuya to the world," it aims to create a movement that brings together people from diverse backgrounds to ask important questions and take radical action to drive positive change.
Digital Speaking Engagements
June - July
Kehkashan Basu's organisation Green Hope Foundation conducted 9 webinars on various themes associated with the impact of Covid on the SDGs, reaching over 15,000 people.
Sinéad Burke spoke about being an educator and disability advocate in the field of fashion and design on Pandora Sykes' podcast Doing It Right.
Marc Alain Boucicault led a talk on navigating the digital world for Haitian entrepreneurs. He spoke in detail on eliminating the myths blocking entry into the digital economy.
28 - 30 July
Isaac Olufadewa will speak about protecting frontline workers at the ZERO COVID-19 summit, with a focus on managing physical distancing in overcrowded primary health clinics in Africa.
Zarin Tassnim Zoana
Zarin Tassnim Zoana's research article on the risk of opening universities before 2021 in countries like Bangladesh was published by the Community Development for Peace.
Isha Kulkarni published her first blog post on behalf of RMI India about the benefits of the electrification of urban freight in Delhi.
Henri Kaboré helped publish a report on women in the Covid-19 crisis in Burkina Faso for Oxfam International.