may program

Theme: Youth Leadership in Institutions

Date and Time: May 31, 2022 at 11 AM ET

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

We are excited to announce that during our first SCI Youth Chat we will discuss “Youth Leadership in Institutions” in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions!

As an avid supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we understand the importance of advocating for a more inclusionary future. This diverse and equitable future cannot be achieved without youth participation in decision-making and an emphasis on youth leadership in all aspects of our community issues.

We will be discussing how to have our governments and other organizations–from town hall meetings to national organizations to international institutions–listen more closely to the voices of the young people they represent. You will hear the experiences of the expert speaker, be able to ask questions, and get a chance to share your leadership stories with your peers.

Ultimately, what we talk about is up to YOU, the participant, and what you decide to bring to the table!

speakers

MODERATOR

MAYA YOUNG

2021 YLS Alumna
Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International

BIO

Maya Young is a graduating high school senior from Alabama, USA. She is passionate about running, violin, and writing and plans to study biology on the pre-med track in college. Maya was delighted to participate in last year’s Youth Leadership Summit and is very excited to collaborate with a new cohort of young leaders this summer!

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SPEAKER

CYNTHIA YUE

2021-2022 UNA-USA
Youth Observer to the United Nations

BIO

Cynthia is an honors student studying International Affairs at George Washington University. As a first-generation American raised in the Southeastern United States, Cynthia grew up witnessing inequality throughout her community and abroad, which led her to develop a commitment to global citizenship, human rights, and youth empowerment at an early age—a commitment that motivated her to serve as a lifelong advocate for the UN and its vital work.

Cynthia brings nearly 7 years of experience as a leader at UNICEF USA, where she has spearheaded national initiatives promoting leadership development and diversity to over 30,000 supporters. She served on the UNICEF USA National Council to facilitate communication between youth and UNICEF leadership and to galvanize young people for advocacy and community-based development. This year, Cynthia hopes to continue bridging the gap between youth and the UN by building community within the UNA-USA youth and student network, and supporting youth leaders across the United States.

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Questions? Email us at youth@sistercities.org

Didn’t get a chance to be part of our youth chats?

Check out our Youth Leadership Summit – Public Forum on Friday, August 12, 2022!

Have a question? Please feel free to contact us at youth@sistercities.org.