The curtains were closed and tears were streaming down Hussain Manawer’s face as he wrote the lyrics to ‘The White Rose’, which will be released this evening as his first recording for Virgin EMI, part of the Universal Music Group family.
Written by Alicia Raimundo, OYW Ambassador & mental health campaigner.
It had been three years since we’d first started talking to officials about repairing the mental health system, eight years since I’d begun my career as a mental health campaigner, and nearly 16 years since I’d tried to take my life.
So I don’t mind admitting I was fighting back the tears last month as I stood on stage behind Premier Kathleen Wynne as an invited guest and heard her promise $2.1 billion to repair Ontario’s patched up mental health system. $2.1 billion!
Recent tensions in US politics have resulted in a renewed focus on how the economic decline of the nation’s central industrial heartlands might have left a section of the population feeling forgotten and left behind.
Jackson, Michigan, lies at the heart of this region, known as the Rust Belt, and One Young World Ambassador Angela Edward, who lives and was raised in the city, is working to improve its children’s life opportunities and their sense of connection with the wider world.
“Let’s take on the bullies and unlock the potential of more young leaders”, says One Young World Ambassador Hayden Taylor, Managing Director of Unloc, a UK-based social enterprise for young people.
When Kieran O’Toole enrolled in the Unloc Enterprise Academy, our 12-week entrepreneurship programme, it gave him the chance to fight back against the bullies who had been an unfortunate feature of his time at school.
Look back at some of the best #OYW moments of 2017:
In September 2016, Amanda Bernardo joined One Young World in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and pledged to make a difference in her community.
Finsbury Park mosque attack must be hit back with love: performance poet Hussain Manawer on the aftermath of London terror
This article originally appeared on the Evening Standard.
Another day, another hashtag.
After speaking at the One Young World Summit 2016 in Ottawa, Canada, Kevin Mendez returned to his home country Belize as a One Young World Ambassador to continue the fight for LGBT rights. We asked him what drove him to lead the change in his country's laws and culture, and how his work has developed since the Summit.
Who are you, and what have you done to create positive change?
This blog is part of a series published on WEFLIVE from young leaders in the One Young World community who are addressing issues across the world relating to the World Economic Forum 2017 theme of 'Responsive and Responsible Leadership'.
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