September 13, 2013

Excitement Builds for 2013 Laureate Global Fellows

In just a few short weeks, Naomi Chepchumba, founder of Street Level Initiative in Kenya, will board a plane for the first time ever and travel to São Paulo, Brazil for a week unlike any she's experienced before. She, and nineteen other young leaders like her, will converge October 4 -11th at the Laureate Global Fellowship Retreat. 

Together, these twenty young social entrepreneurs will form a kaleidescope of diverse experiences and passions. Together, they will renew confidence in themselves, their ventures, and their generation. They will reflect on their strategies for change, explore their personal leadership styles, and set goals to work towards during their fellowship year. Most importantly, Fellows will have the opportunity to build a support system of peers who are familiar with the risks and rewards of  being a young social entrepreneur. They will know they are not alone. 

The 2013 Laureate Global Fellows are reinventing how their societies address critical issues from air pollution to education, transportation to healthcare delivery. Naomi's work is carried out largely in nightclubs, where her initiative provides DJs and musicians with peer education and training so they can pass along reproductive health information to club patrons. Other Fellows are developing rooftop aeroponic gardens in urban areas, empowering marginalized women and girls through the martial arts, and harnessing the power of technology to facilitate ride-sharing, disease prevention, and policy advocacy.

Sponsored by the Sylvan Laureate Foundation, the October retreat will provide leadership training, advocacy, and networking opportunities for Fellows. Their accomplishments will be celebrated at an awards ceremony and they will have the opportunity to dialogue with students and faculty at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, a member of the Laureate International Universities network and YouthActionNet’s partner in Brazil.   

Other Laureate Universities that have established local YouthActionNet institutes include: Universidade Potiguar (Brazil), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Peru), Universidad Latina (Costa Rica), Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (Honduras), Universidad del Valle de México (Mexico), Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey) and Universidad Europea (Spain).

By 2015, YouthActionNet expects to support more than 1,500 youth-led initiatives whose work will benefit more than two million people annually.

Stay tuned for live updates during the retreat via Twitter
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