Following the conclusion of the 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium, SDSN Youth’s Core Team and Network Coordinators stayed in Rome for three days of intensive, productive workshops. The workshops offered a chance for SDSN Youth’s main team of staff and volunteers to update and refine their usage of apps, technology, and partnerships to accelerate our organizational work and make sure we are as accessible to youth around the world as possible.
The majority of the workshops were spent listening to presentations by each member about the structure and accomplishments they have built in their region, as well as the challenges they face. Each presentation was followed by a Q+A session, as well as discussions on how we could collaborate to tackle challenges and further our work as individuals and a network.
Key outcomes from the workshops include heightened knowledge about the SDGs financing gap and the Move Humanity Initiative, coalesced strategies for events surrounding Mandela 100 on December 2, and a reenergized commitment to better engage SDSN Youth’s member organisations. While reflecting on our primary organizational values - which include fun, inclusivity, and diversity - each workshop participant had the opportunity to provide valuable input into where we are headed in the future. It was clear, from the tangible excitement in the room and the hard work that each network within SDSN Youth has already accomplished, that SDSN Youth is ready to scale and expand the SDG Students Program, Youth Solutions Program, and special events within each region, such as those for Mandela 100.
But as always happens when passionate, dedicate youth get together for work and collaboration, our workshops were not only constructive, but were also fun! Here are some fun pictures from our daily icebreakers, which included drawing ourselves as a robot, creating a new invention with ordinary objects, and “speed dating.”
Sienna Nordquist is a third-year Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University studying International Studies and Economics. She is a Project Officer with SDSN Youth’s Networks Team, focusing on the SDG Students Program, in addition to being the Co-President of Red Light at Emory.