Generation Global Youth Council, New York, July 2017
Posted on: 9th November 2017
The first Generation Global Youth Council is comprised of eight high school students from all over the New York City area. The young students, who range from 15 to 17, applied to be on the council earlier this year, with the aim to do lead dialogue clubs in their school communities. They come from a range of backgrounds, including different faiths and culture and from various NYC neighborhoods.
In July 2017, they attended a 3-week Summer Academy where they participated in dialogue trainings and leadership skill building activities. The Youth Councillors also began planning logistics to create Generation Global dialogue clubs in their schools as youth facilitators. The dialogue clubs plan to create space in their schools to lead dialogues about concerns of their high school community such as; inclusiveness, mental health, privilege, and gender.
They also participate in monthly trainings at our office in Manhattan and will host a city-wide dialogue event in April, which will bring together people from all five boroughs of New York City to showcase and share their gained knowledge from the program year.
The Youth Councillors are emerging as leaders in their communities and the council provides them with the opportunities to promote understanding of those of different identities, environments, and belief within their schools and with friends and family.
One Youth Councillor noted that "Before [Generation Global] I was less confident and concerned about organizing the club. But, after going deeper into facilitation skills I am able to ask thoughtful questions and go from there. I am excited to initiate the club and do dialogue in school."
If you would like to be involved and apply for (the 2018-2019 Generation Global New York City Youth Council), please contact with Emily Yost. (firstname.lastname@example.org)