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.

  SDSN Youth’s team after a long day of workshops.  Photo Credits: Bettoja Atlantico Hotel

SDSN Youth’s team after a long day of workshops. Photo Credits: Bettoja Atlantico Hotel

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.

 

  Siamak Sam Loni, Global Coordinator of SDSN Youth, finishes up a presentation on the SDGs financing gap.  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Siamak Sam Loni, Global Coordinator of SDSN Youth, finishes up a presentation on the SDGs financing gap. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  Cristina Christoforou Livani gives an enthusiastic presentation about SDSN Greece.  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Cristina Christoforou Livani gives an enthusiastic presentation about SDSN Greece. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

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.

  Yi Jun Mock, Project Lead for the Networks Team, shares his thoughts with the group.  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Yi Jun Mock, Project Lead for the Networks Team, shares his thoughts with the group. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  Massimo Gigliotti, from SDSN Mediterranean, and Toygar Akay, from SDSN Turkey, have a friendly disagreement over how to group network goals and objectives.  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Massimo Gigliotti, from SDSN Mediterranean, and Toygar Akay, from SDSN Turkey, have a friendly disagreement over how to group network goals and objectives. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

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.”

  Massimo Gigliotti show his drawing of himself as a robot, with Martand Shardul looking on.  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Massimo Gigliotti show his drawing of himself as a robot, with Martand Shardul looking on. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  Dong-ryul Kang shows the team his inner robot, much to their delight!  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Dong-ryul Kang shows the team his inner robot, much to their delight! Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  Gabriela Sampaio shares her robot with the team . Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Gabriela Sampaio shares her robot with the team. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  The group and genius dynamic of Buket Altinçelep, Toygar Akay, Gabriela Sampaio, and Michelle Huang on full display.  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

The group and genius dynamic of Buket Altinçelep, Toygar Akay, Gabriela Sampaio, and Michelle Huang on full display. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  Fun presentation time!  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Fun presentation time! Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  An action shot of Chris Bell defending his invention for the group, with teammate Mutiu Kolawole looking on.  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

An action shot of Chris Bell defending his invention for the group, with teammate Mutiu Kolawole looking on. Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  Just some friends and coworkers “speed dating!”  Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

Just some friends and coworkers “speed dating!” Photo Credits: Yuntong Man/SDSN Youth

  An impromptu team selfie at a restaurant by the Trevi Fountain after three days of intense workshops (and fun!).  Photo Credits: Massimo Gigliotti

An impromptu team selfie at a restaurant by the Trevi Fountain after three days of intense workshops (and fun!). Photo Credits: Massimo Gigliotti

  Some of SDSN Youth’s team (and Umar Zaidi) take a group photo in Piazza del Popolo.

Some of SDSN Youth’s team (and Umar Zaidi) take a group photo in Piazza del Popolo.

 
 
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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.