Ambassador Spotlights: October 2022

One Young World Ambassadors are leading projects in every country of the world, creating substantial social impact across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Every month our Coordinating Ambassadors select someone from their region who has created significant social impact locally, regionally or even worldwide.

An Overview of this Month's Featured Projects

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Meet the Ambassadors

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Girish Ananthanarayanan

Peepul focuses on transforming student-teacher engagement in the government school system through the implementation of high-engagement classroom pedagogy and practices. There are four components to this model: a high-engagement classroom practice toolkit, high-quality teacher skilling and capacity building through bite-sized, practical, and immersive training, academic mentoring and coaching to provide timely, contextual coaching and support to teachers, and aligned incentives and accountability, to create a school system administration that is focused on academic outcomes and not administrative outputs. Girish currently serves as Peepul's COO and Director-Scale Programmes.

Peepul began in one school with nine students in Delhi. Its ultimate aim is to scale through government adoption of its proven, effective best practices. Ultimately, Peepul dreams of a world where every child is enabled and supported to live up to their potential, and for their programme to be replicated through partnerships with other non-profits and organisations.

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South Korea

Grace Kim

The Mini Moon Project is a non-profit organisation that aims to eradicate period poverty by providing people in need with free sustainable menstrual kits. The Mini Moon Project strives to establish a correct understanding of the female body through menstrual health education and achieve women's empowerment by eliminating all menstrual taboos. Recognizing that period poverty must be solved with systemic solutions, the Mini Moon Project approaches the issue by distributing menstrual health education and advocating for menstrual literacy.

The Mini Moon Project was founded in 2019 by the current Executive Director, Grace Kim. Since then, the organisation has grown to distribute over 2,000 menstrual kits and 10,000 educational materials to menstruators in Laos, Thailand, India, Kenya, South Africa, and South Korea. The project runs in two ways: 1) by visiting local places to distribute menstrual kits and provide in-person education on how to use the menstrual kits and 2) by having its international ambassadors deliver the menstrual kits and education through its educational materials.

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HY William Chan

Councillor HY William Chan is the youngest-ever independent elected to public office for the City of Sydney. Serving on the Lord Mayoral governing team, William is an architect, youth advocate, and urban and sustainability innovator. A testament to his ability to drive change, he was unanimously appointed to 15 council leadership roles. He chairs the planning, heritage, transport, traffic, cycling, environment and sustainability portfolios while representing Council to the community for cultural, creativity, inclusion and disability issues. William is also an Executive of Climate Emergency Australia, which represents over 100 local governments accelerating a zero-carbon economy across the country.

Described by Forbes as a “game-changing leader”, William is interested in how we can all help design the cities we live in. He has championed human rights as UNICEF’s Young Ambassador and led the Australian Youth Climate Coalition on its national council. As the World Economic Forum’s Global Public Leadership Fellow, William is opening up local politics to younger and more diverse people, expanding their role in actively shaping a future city.

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Herbert Santo de Lima

The Dream Factory aims to guarantee every person the right to dream. They do that by focusing on the rights of the most underprivileged in society and especially the rights of young people. Herbert currently works as a manager at the enterprise. In 10 years, The Dream Factory has been able to impact more than 6,000 young people in Brazil, advocating on their behalf and providing a safe space and resources to create projects and initiatives. These in turn have so far been able to impact more than 20,000 people directly.

The Dream Factory's rural headquarters are currently focused on creating new technologies to enable rural communities to also achieve their dreams. At present, the organisation is helping to realise the dreams of 60 rural families, with plans to expand the programme tenfold in the coming years. The Dream Factory received a grant from the European Commission to escalate its global methodological reach, it has also benefited from consultancy from Yunus and Youth, The Pollination Project, and Bem Maior Movimento.

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Orlando Anaya

Founded by Orlando Anaya, Kilometro Uno is a coastal and marine conservation team focused on marine litter, climate change, and empowering the next generation of environmental leaders. The organisation has directly educated 130,000 young people and its volunteers have removed 90 tons of marine litter. In recent years their work has been fundamental to the prohibition of plastic bags in Tijuana and the installation of a floating trash boom to capture cross-border waste before it reaches the Pacific Ocean.

Kilometro Uno has advised the UN Environment Programme and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Orlando was selected by The Economist and Sustainable Ocean Alliance as one of the “15 Ocean Youth Leaders” worldwide and recognized as an EE 30 Under 30 environmental education leader. His work has led to the invitation to several international events, such as the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13, the World Ocean Summit, One Young World and the Our Ocean Conference. He is currently working on an MSc in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford and is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship.

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Ronald Mugaiga

Ecomak Recyclers is a social enterprise founded by Ronald Mugaiga. It primarily operates in manufacturing eco-friendly, durable, and long-lasting construction bricks and blocks from post-consumer plastic waste using a chemical-free and energy-saving extrusion technology. These bricks are an affordable alternative to conventional bricks and are helping to solve the challenges of plastic pollution, unemployment, poverty, and indecent housing in marginalised communities, specifically refugee settlements and slum communities in Uganda.

Ecomak Recyclers works with refugees who collect plastic waste and exchanges it with them for cash or insurance coverage for medical or education services. They then transform the plastic waste into eco-friendly and sustainable plastic bricks and blocks. Ecomak Recyclers' plastic bricks and blocks are 2 times stronger and larger than conventional bricks, have zero breakages once used, require low maintenance, do not rot, are termite resistant, and are 42% cheaper than conventional concrete and clay bricks. The project has so far impacted 1,100 people directly.

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Zoya Miari

Zoya spent the first 15 years of her life in a Palestinian refugee camp in extremely difficult conditions. She then escaped the war in Ukraine and was hosted by a Swiss family, where she realised the importance of sharing her story. She has since had the opportunity to do just that, through interviews and other means, with different age groups in Switzerland.

Realising the power storytelling has on the storyteller and the world while being passionate about storytelling, healing, and human connections, Zoya hopes to create a safe and peaceful environment where refugees, displaced, and migrants become the storytellers of their own stories in the ways they know (through media such as music, painting, writing, or documentaries). She hopes that this will show the whole world the power, resilience, and growth mindset these people have gained despite and through their traumas. With this project, Zoya hopes to reach refugees, migrants, and displaced people, connect with them, and help them realize the power they have. She hopes that people will find different ways of telling their stories and thus change the way they define their lives.

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The Netherlands

Lisa De Wachter

Next to her current role as Industry Manager at Google, Lisa leads the #IamRemarkable initiative for the Netherlands. #IamRemarkable is an initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings.

As a facilitator, Lisa empowers individuals to talk openly about their accomplishments. Cultural and gender norms, as well as impostor syndrome, can prevent people from acknowledging their remarkable attributes and expressing their achievements. During the 90-minute #IamRemarkable workshop, participants learn the importance of self-promotion in their personal and professional life and are equipped with tools to develop this skill. To date #IamRemarkable has reached more than 400,000 participants in more than 170 countries, with the help of 4,000 facilitators; many participants credit the workshop with helping them make real, positive career and personal growth.

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Palestinian Territories

Jafar Shunnar

Current estimates suggest that the number of job seekers in the Middle East and North Africa will top 39 million over the next decade. Massive numbers of talented and educated young people lack opportunities locally, ending up jobless or in unsatisfying jobs. At the same time, there are hundreds of thousands of talent shortages in the tech industry in Europe, particularly in software engineering, data, product, and B2B sales. The gap hasn't been bridged because it has traditionally been seen as too expensive, and companies don’t care about faraway talent.

Co-founded by Jafar Shunnar, TAP (the Talent Acceleration Platform) is a Palestinian-Dutch edtech and career acceleration platform designed to unlock remote job opportunities for young people in the MENA region. While being mentored by industry experts, TAP participants enhance and deepen market-relevant digital skills and improve their power skills, before they are connected with international employers to work remotely. TAP is on its way to training its 100th participant and showing great traction and results, with an over 80% placement rate and a fast-growing partner network.

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Benjamin Carvajal Ponce

As a result of months of collaborative work with Latin American youth organisations and the broad outreach of young activists, Benjamin was able to participate within the coordinator team in the 2022 version of the Regional Conference of Youth on Climate Change for Latin American (RCOY Latam) in Costa Rica from September 12-14. The event boasted nearly 300 young activists from more than 20 countries in the region and hundreds more who connected virtually.

During RCOY Latin America, a network of organisations was built with more than 200 members at the regional level and over 10,000 participants, which was officially endorsed by YOUNGO in its 2022 version. To complement this, a map of regional initiatives was developed with more than 200 projects. In parallel to the conference, training sessions were opened to young people throughout the region to build content for the participatory document "From the Protest to the Proposal", with specific recommendations from Latin American young people to national governments of the region and large global emitters, considering countries and companies. The declaration will be presented at the COP27 summit; more than 40,000 people have signed it to date.

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Manuel Rodrigues

Escolha Do Povo (meaning The People's Choice), of which Manuel Rodrigues is Managing Director, operates a government-owned feed and maize mill in the agricultural heart of Mozambique. It also built a commercial hatchery in 2017 that is able to produce half a million chickens per month, and a soya expeller in 2019 which is able to produce 2,000,000 KGs of soya beans per month.

In addition, the project has contracted 80,000 small-scale farmers to grow maize and soya to process into chicken feed and maize meal at the factory. In 2019, it built a soya extrusion plant to create a market for another 14,000 soya farmers in the region. Escolha Do Povo (EDP) has maintained a target ensuring that of these 14,000 farmers, 83% are female. The farmers benefit through cash payments, while EDP also runs a training programme teaching best practices for chicken farming. The project's direct and indirect impact has reached about 1.1 million people so far.

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Mai Khidir

Al Sudaniya Mentoring (ASM) was established by Mai Khidir to equip young Sudanese women with the personal and professional skills to become powerful leaders and changemakers in their communities and Sudan. Through the programme, women are provided with tailored, holistic, one-to-one mentoring with exceptional female Sudanese role models, informative workshops, and the opportunity to implement impactful projects.

ASM envisions a future where Sudanese women across the country have access to and benefit from mentorship, and are able to unlock their true potential and strive for exceptional achievements in their chosen career path. Mentees who graduate from the programme are able to inspire the younger generation of Sudanese women and play a major role in helping their own communities and the country itself. To date, over 180 mentees have graduated from the ASM programme. Mai previously worked as UNICEF advisor to the Ministry of Social Development in Sudan.

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Souleymane Diallo

Guinean Young Leaders Initiative (GYLI) is a non-profit, co-founded by Souleymane Diallo, that seeks to empower Guinea's most promising young leaders to drive positive change through ethical and entrepreneurial leadership education. ​The organisation is building the Guinean Leadership Academy (GLA), an innovative school that will identify, develop, and connect Guinea's most promising young leaders to a world-class education in the country.

The GYLI currently runs the Emerging Leaders Camp (ELC): An intensive one-month entrepreneurial and leadership education summer programme for young Guineans of high potential aged 15-25. It also operates the Ubuntu Mentorship Program, which provides mentorship and guidance around college applications to high school students who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. In addition to this, the GYLI hosts the Inspiring Leaders Series: a bi-weekly conversation series with leading experts in Education, Politics, and Entrepreneurship. The organisation also empowers Guinea's most promising young girls to become leaders in STEM, Humanities, Politics and the Arts through its She Is in Charge Program. Since its creation, GYLI has already impacted 300+ people directly and indirectly.

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Elizabeth Oladepo

07 Foods is a nutrition-based social enterprise focused on reducing post-harvest loss, tackling climate issues through clean cooking, and providing nutrient-dense food products to the Nigerian market. Through the partnership with smallholder farmers, it has been able to sustainably impact the lives of young people, mothers, and women-owned farms in Oyo State, Nigeria.

Founded by Elizabeth Oladepo, the company has helped train over 500 women-owned start-ups on topics such as market segmentation, bookkeeping, and client retention strategies. It has also organised boot camps for single mothers on starting new sustainable businesses and provided impactful digital tools and worksheets to over 200 women-owned businesses. 07 Foods' long-term plan is to sustainably impact the lives of 5,000 women-owned farms across underserved communities in Nigeria through effective collaboration, continuous learning/improvement, and strategic implementation. 07 Foods was recently awarded The Gender Mainstreaming Award Winner for Economic Empowerment in West Africa by Accenture and Business Engage. Elizabeth was listed as one of the Top 20 Remarkable MSMEs in Nigeria and also a Winner of Nigeria's 25 under 25 Award for Agriculture.

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Anil Pradhan

Anil Pradhan is the co-founder of the Young Tinker Educational Foundation (YTEF) and Young Tinker Academy. They are on a mission to democratise access to the world’s best hands-on STEAM education to enable the innovators of today and tomorrow by developing tinker spaces in rural schools. Their project, Young TinkerSpace is an experimental STEAM learning space that is developing a culture of hands-on tinkering, making, innovation and entrepreneurship among students and young people. These tinker spaces in rural schools are equipped with hi-tech equipment like 3D printers, robotics tools and other fabrication machinery.

Apart from students and young people, women in rural areas are trained to be a part of Anil's tinkering revolution. 90% of the organisation's employees in management, fabrication of equipment, content development and manufacturing are women. Today, YTEF has impacted the lives of 157,000+ young people, including 92,000+ girls in STEAM. YTEF’s team was ranked third in the world at NASA’s Rover Challenge 2021. Anil has also been conferred the "National Youth Award", the highest civilian award for young people in India.