Wednesday, April 20, 2016

US Celebrates Contribution of 10 Young Global Leaders

Nike Ching,, April 19, 2016 2:18 PM

Image from article, with caption: The U.S. State Department's Global Emerging Young Leaders Award winners are, clockwise, from top left, Basel Almadhoun, Hillary Briffa, Jessel Recinos Fernandez, Samuel Grzybowski and Asha Hassan.

STATE DEPARTMENT—Ten remarkable young people from around the world will be recognized on Wednesday by the State Department for their efforts to create constructive social change at the inaugural Global Emerging Young Leaders Award.

The 2016 honorees include a Palestinian student who started a debate club to promote peaceful exchange of opinions; a woman from Malta who is dedicated to grassroots educational projects; a Honduras gunshot victim who founded a skateboarding club for at-risk youth; an interfaith organizer from France; a Kenyan who promotes reconciliation among ethnic clans; a young professional from Afghanistan who is devoted to civil society engagement; a women’s empowerment advocate from Tunisia; a Georgian who is committed to peace-building through evolving technologies; a youth development advocate from Myanmar who helped organize the country’s National Youth Congress; and an Indonesian student who seeks to advance community dialogue in a place that experienced 10 years of inter-religious violence.

After the ceremony, the 10 recipients will visit the United States to attend through early May an intensive program to explore leadership practices in the nonprofit, government and private sectors, and to broaden their networks of resources and support.

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will present the awards.

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