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Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:24

YT Ambassadors 2019

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Naveen Chaudhary (India)

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YT Naveen Naveen is a youth mentor, a full-time mechanical engineer, and a young social leader. He has worked with many multinational companies in India and the UAE. He has published a technical paper on sustainable mass transit design, and has designed an original new mass transit system.  Apart from his full-time job, he volunteers for many international NGOs, working in the fields of education, energy, and sustainable development. He is a founder and director of the „Vijaydeep Foundation: NGO in Varanasi, working to provide quality education, sustainable energy, and preventive healthcare. He has participated as a speaker, presenter, and delegate at many international and national conferences including the United Nations, the Commonwealth, etc.

 

Alina Pishchalnikova (The Netherlands)

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YT Alina

Born in Siberia, Alina was ready for challenges since her first breath of cold winter air on February 19th. In 2005, She became the finalist of Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX). This program was funded by the U.S. Department of State to cultivate relationships between America and citizens of the former Soviet Union.

After the year in the US ended, her goals unconsciously changed for the better. By studying international relations in Tomsk State University, Russia, She gained the complex vision of the modern world system, its laws and mechanisms.

As for her latest career places, She worked as Recruitment Specialist in PricewaterhouseCoopers and Assistant to the Regional HR Director in Robert Bosch Company in Moscow, Russia. That experience helped her to understand Russian Market and company’s needs. During her university years she has been actively involved in AIESEC, SIFE and other non-profit organizations where she helped with implementations of social projects.

In June 2014 she moved to beautiful country Netherlands. Learned Dutch and passed Staatsexamens Nt2.2 (B2 level). Since October 2015 She is working at Applied Medical in Amersfoort as Branding Coordinator Europe. Every day she supports sales teams with products and organization of small and regional congresses.
Currently she is responsible for Germany, UK, Austria, Switzerland and Nordics (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark). Another side of her job is to manage marketing and promo budget, internal newsletter and translations.

Besides, part of her responsibility is organization of environmental events such as Volunteer days where team members can contribute back to nature. In her belief being Youth Time ambassador will help her to develop open and critical mindset. She is so excited and interested in this new opportunity!

 

Alexander Shelton (USA)

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YT Alexander.jpeg Alexander Shelton is a Philanthropreneur, an eco/ social  activist, humanitarian, community organizer, political strategist, creative placemaker, and social entrepreneur. Alexander works collaboratively with creatives and social entrepreneurs working towards sustainable solutions to multilayered world problems, by strategizing and championing unsung initiatives and grassroots work of people around the world, Alexander connects resources to empower human development projects and other social initiatives and create funding opportunity for ideas that help to push the world forward.

 

 

Aleksandar Dašić (Serbia)

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Aleksandar is currently working as a Content Strategy Coordinator in Catena Media, online lead generation company within the iGaming industry with its office located in Belgrade, Serbia. By studying International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, Aleksandar acquired substantial knowledge in this field and also had the opportunity to meet and to get to know different people.

Over the period of more than five years, Aleksandar has gained experience in project management, event organizing, youth activism and youth leadership. He was one of the founders of Youth Office in Municipality Raska, the town where he grew up. Being involved in several NGOs, he was trying to empower and motivate students to step up and take a proactive approach. Furthermore, he is founder and Editor in Chief of website portalmladi.com dedicated to young people, with more than 1 million readers per year, in Serbia. Likewise, he has positively influenced and mentored multiple young adults who showed the great potential and these individuals are currently working in different media and marketing companies.

Passionate about traveling and interested in Social Media platforms, he is an entrepreneur at heart who is always willing to share the latest discoveries with those around him.

 

 

Deepika Chaurasia (India)

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Deepika is a Corporate Communications professional working in a leading global steel company with the Tata Group, India’s most valuable brand. In her tenure, she has worked across diverse portfolios of Internal Communications, Brand Management, Content Management and Digital Communications and has considerable experience in organising small & large-scale corporate events. She has led internal & external corporate campaigns on the themes of Environment, Sustainability, Safety, CSR & Education apart from introducing new channels of internal communication for shop-floor employees.

Having studied Journalism from University of Delhi and Advertising & Public Relations from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, she has worked in mainline media and publishing houses.

She was selected for ‘Study of the US Institutes for Student Leaders (SUSI)’, a fully-funded exchange programme at University of Virginia, US; focussed on the theme of ‘Global Perspective on Democracy and New Media’, in 2010. She was also selected amongst ten Indian alumni to attend the International Young Alumni Conference at Islamabad in 2013 to engage in dialogue on common issues of South-Asian region.

She co-founded the Toastmaster International Community Club in her region apart from setting up Corporate Toastmasters Clubs at her current organisation. For her love for wildlife, she is a volunteer at WWF and is working on a project to revive the local Zoo.

She takes keen interest in environmental issues and is involved in leading company-wide initiative of making the organisation go single-use plastic free in all its locations and operations.

She enjoys playing badminton, and painting in her leisure time.

 

 

Gloria Owusu-Boama (Ghana)

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Gloria is a multi-talented woman, well versed in the area of media and communications. She is a final year student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, majoring in Communication Studies (Media and Public Relations).

Gloria has worked with various media houses as communication specialist, a producer, and radio host.

She is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Alumni and currently the Programs Director at The Pitch Hub. Pitch Hub is a social enterprise funded and supported by Youth Time Movement. It is aimed at equipping young entrepreneurs in Ghana with the soft skills that are needed to build and sustain competitive business.

Gloria is entrepreneurial and passionate about building ideas. She is an avid reader and she loves to travel.

 

 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:56

YT Global Forum 2018

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In December Paris, France hosted the Youth Time International Movements fourth annual Youth Global Forum. The diversity of the world was on show as distinguished guests, experts and participants from over forty nations gathered to discuss Impact Investment & the Role of Entrepreneurs. This three day forum saw attendants participate in various workshops, masterclasses and key-note speeches from the some of the world’s foremost experts in the field. The event culminated with fifteen project presenters getting the chance to showcase their projects with one ultimately winning the coveted Youth Time Idea grant to turn their project into a reality!

As the European Winter broke, participants arrived from across the world into the French Capital to attend this year’s Youth Global Forum. This year the Dolce Chantilly fittingly played host to this year’s event as the essence of France could not have better been captured than at this location in the Paris country-side.

After settling into their new home for the next few days attendees for this year’s forum were treated to the best food, wine and music that Paris had to offer at that evenings welcome reception.

The sounds of Jazz & soul rang out as guests arrived into the banquet hall. This set a relaxed and inviting atmosphere that really helped to ‘break the ice’ amongst guests as they exchanged greetings and pleasantries.

It was here that guests were introduced to their Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 Youth Global Forum & 2018 Youth Time International Ambassador, Mr Mohammed Shaheed Khan.

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2018 Youth Time International Ambassador, Mr Mohammed Shaheed Kha
 

He briefly told of his wonderful memories from pervious forums and previewed what was to come in the following days. Words were kept brief as a stunning feast awaited guests following Mohammad’s welcoming remarks. A truly great way to kick off the proceedings for the event.

The following morning the official Opening Ceremony took place signifying the start to formal proceedings for this year’s Youth Global Forum. Ms. Julia Kinash, Founder and President of Youth Time International, opened this year’s forum reflecting on the success of previous events and also the success of previous winners of the ‘Youth Time Idea Grant’.

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Julia Kinash – Founder and President of Youth Time International

Her remarks were quickly followed by Mr Jimmy Ganai, CEO of IPMI International School of Business and Youth Time International partner, who had kind words for the work of Youth Time International. The Opening Ceremony was finally concluded by Naveen Chaudhary, Youth Time International Ambassador, whose words served to inspire the participants who had travelled from near and far to take part in this year’s Youth Global Forum.

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Mr Jimmy Ganai

>With the formalities completed it was into the first of two Keynote speeches to be delivered on the first day of the programme. The first Keynote was delivered by Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Former President of Russian Railways & Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute. Following on from Dr. Yakunin was Robert Rubinstein, Founder of TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investing) Group, who spoke of ‘Attempting to Demystify Impact Investment’.

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Dr. Vladimir Yakunin

On their return from lunch participants were treated to their choice of a number of fantastic workshops covering various aspects of Impact Investment.

Dr Rieki Crins, Founder of the Learning Exchange Foundation and Author of ‘Blacklisted in Bhutan, spoke on ‘Impact Investing in Education: Case Study of a Social Enterprise in an Emerging Market’. Ardo Ryan Dwitano, Finance expert and faculty member of IPMI International School of Business, led a workshop discussing ‘The latest trends in Impact Investment’. The final workshop was led by Mr. Mohammed Shaheed Khan, Senior Islamic Banker and Harvard alumni, who educated participants on ‘New Financial Instruments in Impact Investment’.

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 Dr Rieki Crins

After a short break participants were then treated to a Masterclass from Ekkehard Ernst, Chief Macroeconomist for the International Labour Organization, which was entitled ‘Impact Investing in Combatting Unemployment’. The day’s program was brought to an end by Dr. Waleed Sadek, Co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Commission Post 2015, who spoke of ‘The Role of Impact Investing in SDG’s.

The next morning brought one of the world’s foremost experts on Profitable Impact Investing, Anne-Louise Thon Schur, to the stage who presented on the topic of ‘Social Investment: Gaps and Opportunities in Emerging Markets ‘.

After a small break it was time for this year’s Project Presenters to put forth their projects in the hope to win ‘The Youth Time Idea Grant’. The projects would be evaluated by a Jury Panel consisting of Ms. Julia Kinash, President and Co-Founder of Youth Time International Movement; Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Former President of Russian Railways & Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute; Robert Rubenstein, Founder of TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investing) Group; Dr. Rieki Crins, Founder of the Learning Exchange Foundation and Author of ‘Blacklisted in Bhutan; Dr. Waleed Sadek, Co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Commission Post 2015 & finally Mr. Jimmy Ganai, CEO of IPMI International School of Business.

Following each round of presentations, a Q&A session commenced whereby the audience and members of the jury panel were invited to delve into further details for each project. The presentations were followed by a voting process whereby each participant was asked to vote for an overall winner and state the reasons behind their choice. The results of the voting would be announced during the closing and awarding ceremony the following day.

The day concluded with two enlightening workshops led by both Rakesh Bisawas, Chairman of IYSERT ENERGY RESEARCH PVT LTD as well as the founder of International Youth Society of Eco friendly & Renewable Technology & Khalid Garba Mohammed, Executive Member of the International Pharmaceutical Foundation.

On the final day of Youth Global Forum guests were treated to day of cultural excursions; taking in all of the sights and sounds that Paris had to offer. The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe were just some of the many highlights of the day’s adventures.

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Participants of the Youth Global Forum by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Night time broke and guests were carried away to one of Paris’s hidden gems. The simply stunning Royaumont Abbey provided the backdrop to the Closing Ceremony for this year’s Youth Global Forum.

Closing remarks were made by many of the events distinguished guests, led by Youth Time International Co-Founder and President Ms. Julia Kinash. The previous night the jury panel spent hours dissecting each of the projects presented earlier that day to determine who would be the successful recipients of the awards and prizes on offer.

First to receive his award was Ghanaian born Samuel Afadu who presented his project ‘Light My World’. The Light My World project seeks to provide a clean, safe and affordable source of light to children and students living in Ghana with no access to electricity. Samuel would now receive an Internship to IYSERT ENERGY RESEARCH PVT LTD with all flights and accommodation included.

Next to receive her award was Peru-native Nicole Morveli, whose project WEEDS won her a Scholarship to the IPMI International School of Business.

Jose Molinelli Gonzalez’s project, The Urban Hanging Gardens Initiative (UHGI), was so unique that the jury panel saw fit to create a brand new award for his Initiative. The award saw Jose receive the funding necessary to turn his dream into a reality that is set to benefit many in his home country of Puerto Rico.

The winner of this years coveted ‘Youth Time Idea Grant’ was Shinelle Bayrd, whose project ‘The Wellness Centre’ brought tears to the eyes of many in the room. The Wellness Centre will seek to raise awareness and provide support for persons dealing with mental health illnesses in her home nation of Guyana.

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The winner of the 2018 ‘Youth Time Idea Grant’ – Shinelle Bayrd, with the project ‘The Wellness Centre’

As the guests enjoyed their final moments together and danced the night away to the sounds of live band ‘The Dynamos’ you couldn’t help but reflect on the success of this year’s event.

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Closing Ceremony of 2018 Youth Global Forum in Paris

The 2018 Youth Global Forum saw the most diverse group of experts, honorary guests & participants brought together with over forty nations represented. In 2019 The Youth Global Forum will celebrate its 5 year anniversary and if it can achieve the success that it did in Paris then it will continue to achieve success in aiding in the development and promotion of youth and youth initiatives next year and for many years to come.

 

This fantastic opportunity offers future ambassadors the chance to develop their diplomatic skills by representing Youth Time International Movement in their home country, in addition to our annual International Summer School and Youth Global Forum both of which are held in various locations across the globe. Furthermore, the Youth Time ambassador role comes with a responsibility to actively contribute to the success of the organization’s activities and the promotion of its reputation. Below, you will find more information on the responsibilities of a Youth Time ambassador as well as what you can expect in return!

Youth Time Ambas­sadors are appointed by the Youth Time International Movement Pres­i­dent for the term of one year to be an exclu­sive rep­re­sen­ta­tive in his or her region. Previous ambassadors (except those who were ambassadors in 2018) are welcome to apply!

Youth Time Ambas­sadors are responsible for:

  • Professional and proactive attitude and complete dedication to Youth Time;
  • Answering calls, emails, and requests from Youth Time team promptly and fully;
  • Respecting deadlines set by Youth Time;
  • Not engag­ing in any type of promotional marketing or selling of any product or service through Youth Time platform;
  • Authorizing Youth Time to use his or her name, photo, and biographical data for the purpose of Youth Time promotion through its website, social media and printed leaflets;
  • Promoting Youth Time projects and values in his or her region and on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and other local platforms;
  • Promoting Youth Time online magazine in his or her region and on social media;
  • Offering Youth Time presentations, participating in youth-related events in his or her region;
  • Facilitating new professional relations with potential partners, supporters, and friends for Youth Time;
  • Assisting Youth Time team in planning and organizing events;
  • Promoting and actively assisting Youth Time in delegate recruitment and support;
  • Overseeing participants’ active engagement throughout Youth Time events;
  • Encouraging networking and socializing among participants during Youth Time events;
  • Producing fortnightly progress reports on encouraging, assisting, and promoting Youth Time events during the application call period;
  • Submitting a monthly progress report in line with the provided format;
  • Agreeing to offer his or her time and effort voluntarily, without receiving any financial compensation. 

In return, Youth Time pro­vides its Ambas­sadors with:

  • Opportunity to be a representative of Youth Time;Opportunity to contribute to the development and planning of Youth Time events;

  • Opportunity to become a Youth Time Ambassador in the future;

  • Funds to cover travel expenses, accommodation, meals and the participation fee to two Youth Time events per year;

  • Priority to participate in Youth Time events;

  • Opportunity to attend an Ambassadors’ meeting in Prague;

  • An official certificate after successfully completing one year as a Youth Time trainee.


Main criteria for applicants

  • Aged between 18-35;
  • Strong communication skills and fluent in English;
  • Socially responsible with passion for youth development;
  • Have attended at least one Youth Time Event in the past;
  • Positive attitude with strong social skills.


Please note: this role is voluntarily and is not financially compensated. However, as previously mentioned, we do cover travel, hotel, food-expenses and program participation during our events. 

Consider carefully if you are able and willing to spend a reasonable amount of time and energy in the upcoming year to take upon this role. Under any circumstance, you need to be able to attend the ambassador’s meeting in early Spring in Prague where the rules of participation in an official agreement will be set and your personal strategy will be agreed upon.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, December 27th 2018.

In order to apply, applicants must submit the following documents via google docs:

  • CV
  • Motivational video (2 mins max)
  • Application form.

If you are unable to complete the application via Google Form, please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you an alternative application form.

International movement Youth Time extended applications deadline for the Youth Global Forum 2018 to October 7th! The event will take place in Paris, France from December 2nd -6th and will gather together more than 100 participants, experts and trainers from all over the world with the aim of discussing ideas and solutions to some of the most prevalent youth issues. The topic of the annual event is Worldwide Impact Investment: the Role of Entrepreneurs”. Participation is partially funded. 

Main criteria

  • Young people 20-35 from around the world;
  • Master’s/PhD students, social entrepreneurs, young professionals, persons working at/with startup incubators and/or accelerators;
  • Fluent in English (reading, writing, speaking).

You can either apply as a project presenter or a basic participant. 

As a basic participant you can expect to:

  •  Participate in educational and interactive talks and become inspired through workshops conducted by esteemed honorable guests.
  • Gain valuable new skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve as a solid foundation for your future entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Have a fruitful working and learning experience in the beautiful city of Paris.
  • Have a unique opportunity to meet with 100+ likeminded people from across the globe.
  • Network with renowned professionals in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, finance, science and technology.
  • Take part in a fantastic cultural exchange program which includes trips to see some of Paris’s’ most iconic attractions.
  • The program, food, and twin room shared accommodation are partially covered by Youth Time International Movement. Please take into consideration that travel costs are at your own expense.
  • Join each other in celebration at our welcome and closing dinners and attend the projects awarding ceremony.

As a basic participant you are expected to:

  • Inspire and evaluate all projects that are presented to you during the event and vote for a winner.
  • After invitation pay a participation fee of 300€ (foreign participants) or 150€ (local participants) or 1000€ (non-subsidiary). Only after payment is your participation guaranteed. See below for more information on participation options.
  • Take part in all components of the program and practice punctuality.
  • Follow Youth Time’s Code of Conduct (see below).

As a project presenter you can expect to:

  • Have the opportunity to present your project with the chance of being awarded a grant to realize your idea.
  • Work on your project proposal with the supervision of an expert (in setting up business initiatives) before the event.
  • Participate in educational and interactive talks and become inspired through workshops conducted by esteemed honorable guests.
  • Gain valuable new skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve as a solid foundation for your future entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Have a fruitful working and learning experience in the beautiful city of Paris.
  • Have a unique opportunity to meet with 100+ likeminded people from across the globe.
  • Network with renowned professionals in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, finance, science and technology.
  • Take part in a fantastic cultural exchange program which includes trips to see some of Paris’s most iconic attractions.
  • The program, food, and twin room shared accommodation are covered by Youth Time International Movement. Please take into consideration that travel costs are at your own expense.
  • Join each other in celebration at our welcome and closing dinners and attend the projects awarding ceremony.

As project presenter you are expected to:

  • After invitation pay a project presenter participation fee of 200€ (foreign participants) or 150€ (local participants) or 1000€ (non-subsidiary). Please note that only after payment will we take your project into consideration.
  • Hand in your project proposal before Youth Time’s set deadlines.
  • Present project in front of all participants, experts and journalists at the event.
  • Gather 30% of the total required project budget yourself.
  • Take part in all components of the program and practice punctuality.
  • Follow Youth Time’s Code of Conduct (see below).

Information about participation fees

The complete program is covered by Youth Time International Movement, but please take into consideration that travel costs come at your own expense. Hotel accommodation is partially sponsored by Youth Time International Movement. Participation fees will go toward the budget which will support the grant awarded to the 1st place project winner. Below you will find more details on the participation fees.


Subsidiary Basic Participation
 

  • Registration fee excludingaccommodation (only available for residents of Paris): 150€ (Includes attendance of opening and closing/award ceremonies, gala dinner, tea breaks and meals, cultural activities, educational program, participants kit).
  • Registration fee includingtwin room shared accommodation: 300€ (Includes attendance of opening and closing/award ceremonies, gala dinner, tea breaks and meals, cultural activities, educational program, participants kit).
  • Payment details will be provided to the selected participants in the official invitation.
  • Only after payment will your participation be guaranteed. 

Subsidiary Project Presenter Participation 

  • Registration fee excludingaccommodation (only available for residents of Paris): 150€ (Includes attendance of opening and closing/award ceremonies, gala dinner, tea breaks and meals, cultural activities, educational program, participants kit, presentation of the project during event).
  • Registration fee includingtwin room shared accommodation: 200€ (Includes attendance of opening and closing/award ceremonies, gala dinner, tea breaks and meals, cultural activities, educational program, participants kit, presentation of project during event)
  • Payment details will be provided to the selected participants upon acceptance of the project proposal and will be sent in the official invitation.
  • Only after payment will your participation and opportunity to present your project be guaranteed.

Non-subsidiary Participation 

As an NGO we will be glad to receive any kind of sponsorship. If you wish to support Youth Time International Movement, you can choose the non-subsidiary option which covers 100% costs of participation. Registration fee is 1000€ which will include: accommodation in a single room, attendance of opening and closing/awarding ceremonies, gala dinner, tea breaks and meals, cultural activities, educational program, participants kit, presentation of project during event (in cases where you are a project presenter). 

Participants Code of Conduct

  • Respect the culture and tradition of the hosting nation and organization. Avoid insulting people by bringing up sensitive topics and refrain from political statements for the harmony of the event.
  • Refrain from showing discord and causing disorder based on religious, sexual or national identity, political point of views, or social status differences.
  • Participate in ALL activities organized during the event, except for the parts that are marked as optional. The program of the event is designed is such a way that you will have free time for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing etc. We’re kindly asking participants to maintain a working frame of mind.
  • Maintain a proactive attitude as well as punctuality. This especially in regard to all transfers. Departure times are fixed and will not be altered for individual preferences. Organizers are not responsible for any other transport arrangements as well as any costs involved.
  • Dress code is casual/smart casual and cocktail dress/smart suit for opening and closing/award ceremonies and gala dinner. No short trousers and flip-flops are allowed while working at the event.

Participants that do not follow the code of conduct, will be immediately removed from the event and will be hold accountable for 100% of the costs made by the organizers. 

In order to apply for 2018 Youth Global Forum you must: 

  1. Be aged between 20-35
  2. Be able to communicate in fluent English (reading, writing, speaking)
  3. Be either a Master’s/PhD student, social entrepreneur, young professional, or person working at/with startup incubators and/or accelerators;
  4. Fill out the Youth Global Forum Participant Application form.
  5. Submit your up-to-date CV
  6. Make a one-minute video answering the following questions: 
  • What is your motivation for applying for the Youth Global Forum?
  • What do you understand by the term “impact investment”?
  • How do you plan to use the knowledge and skills gained during the Youth Global Forum?

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Find out more about the event.

From July 15th – 20th, Youth Time International Movement in collaboration with the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation hosted its eighth Youth International Summer School. This was to be the third event of its kind held in China. While the previous two had taken place in the capital, Beijing, the destination of choice this time around was one of the world’s most populated city and technologically advanced hub of Shanghai. As has become customary at Youth Time events, participants and experts from different countries, cultures and backgrounds travelled from all over the world to attend. A rich variety of keynotes, masterclasses, case studies and workshops took place, all centered on the event theme, “The Smart Revolution: the Interconnection between City and Society.”

The evening of Sunday 15th July marked the opening of the Youth International Summer School. Following official registration for the event and enjoying a jovial ice-breaking games session facilitated by Youth Time Ambassadors, participants who had journeyed from all corners of the globe sported traditional clothing as they joined together at the official welcome reception. As participants fragmented into smaller groups, they gathered around the Lazy Suzans and feasted upon local cuisine whilst enjoying a range of musical performances.

 

Julia Kinash

On the following morning, the formal activities commenced. The day was entitled, “Smart Society Day” and began with the official opening ceremony, moderated by Ms. Yin Lee and Youth Time Ambassador, Mr. Mohammad Shaheed Khan. The ceremony included a number of speeches including those made by the leaders of both organizing partners, Ms. Julia Kinash , President of Youth Time International Movement and Mr. Hang Yuanxiang, Executive Deputy Chairman of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. During her opening speech, Ms. Julia Kinash chose to take the opportunity to define the purpose of the event by stating, “While the Summer School aims to provide participants with new information and ideas related to areas including smart infrastructure, transport and technology, it has also been strategically composed to encourage them to consider the importance of a smart society.” She continued by posing the question to all attendees, “Increased urbanization requires many technological innovations, but what about social innovations?” Her message was that for a city to be considered truly smart, it must begin with the evolution of its citizens.

 

Dr. Vladimir Yakunin

After an inspiring start, the working component of the program began with Dr. Vladimir Yakunin’s interactive masterclass on the topic, “The Evolution of Education in the Time of Smart Development”. Participants discussed the different types of learning techniques in the present day whilst also considering the importance of understanding people from different cultures in order to find solutions to the global challenges that face humanity.

 

Chen Zongnian

Dr. Yakunin’s session was followed up by local expert Mr. Chen Zongnian who presented on the topic, “Innovation: Theme of the Times for Global Youth”. During his presentation, he discussed the importance of creativity as a characteristic for young people during the technological revolution.

 

Cheng Weidong

In the afternoon, the first round of workshops took place. Youth Time expert and long-term friend of the organization Mr. Sven Anger presented on his topic, “The Ecology of Smart Leadership” whilst local expert, Mr. Cheng Weidong went into greater detail on the smart society topic with his workshop on, “Diversity and a Community of Shared Future for Mankind”.

 

Hrishabh Sandilya

With participants feeling a little fatigued from a combination of jetlag, a long day’s work and the oppressive Shanghai summer heat, the day was capped off with an energizing game conducted by Dr. Hrishabh Sandilya. The interactive session was designed to encourage participants to consider and discuss which values are necessary for a successful smart society.

The game on smart values seemingly gave the participants a much needed energy boost, as that evening they headed out into downtown Shanghai to explore a little more of the Chinese culture.

 

Dr. Oualid Al

The following day’s programme was focused on smart business and technology. A combination of interactive masterclasses and workshops took place which included trending topics such as smart energy, demystifying blockchain technology, and the role of big data and IoT in smart cities. The final part of the working programme took place in the form of a case study, whereby Youth Time expert, Dr. Oualid Ali presented on the topic, “Utilizing Innovation Labs, Startup Incubators and Accelerators for Entrepreneurial Success.”

 

Mohammad Shaheed Khan

The day’s events were concluded with yet another cultural excursion; This time to the theatre to observe an acrobatic show. Already serving as moderator, expert, and Youth Time ambassador at the Youth International Summer School, Mr. Mohammad Shaheed Khan had already established himself as a seasoned “Jack-of-all-trades”, but it was his contribution during the acrobatic show that impressed more than any other. During the spectacle, a knife-throwing routine took place with a member of the audience later asked to volunteer as the assistant who would be put in the line of fire. Mr. Khan wasted no time in putting himself forward and raced toward the stage quicker than a greyhound. True to form, he had the audience rolling with laughter during the performance and completely stole the show!

The final day of the working programme centered on the infrastructure that makes up smart cities. Topics of the masterclasses and workshops included climate smart agriculture and urban farming, smart transportation and autonomous vehicles, intellectual design, and smart cities vs smart villages to name a few.

 

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As the formal part of the International Summer School drew toward a close, the day was completed with a concluding session. Both local and international participants conducted speeches expressing their thoughts about lessons learned during the event before Ms. Julia Kinash, President of Youth Time International Movement and Madame Song Jian, Deputy Director of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation Department of International Cooperation and Exchange made their concluding remarks. Further, each expert was also awarded gifts as tokens of appreciation from both organizing parties during the ceremony.

 

Madame Song Jian

On the final day of the programme, participants rose early and jumped on busses headed for the International Peace Maternity & Child Health Hospital of China Welfare Institute where they gained insight as to the general running of a smart hospital. They then headed for lunch at the Sea Palace Floating restaurant before venturing on to the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone. Here, they would learn more about the efforts being made to develop an innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, emerging industries, talented people from around the world, and reform policies.

 

Dinner

Finally, the event was capped-off in style as all attendees joined together for the official gala dinner which took place on a spectacular river cruiser on the Huangpu River. The event began with leaders from the partnering organizations expressing their thanks to one another and all that had helped make the event possible. The group would then dine in style in front of a live jazz band as the boat made its way along the river with Shanghai’s standout landmark, the Bund lighting up the night sky.

The International Summer School in Shanghai set out to inspire and educate young people from all over the world about the importance of smart cities and societies during the time of increased urbanization whilst also creating and environment for them to establish new friends and partnerships. In their mission, Youth Time International Movement and the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation duly delivered and it is now up to the participants to take up their civil responsibility of initiating positive change within their communities.

 

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