Education
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Education leads to opportunity. Providing access to education, enhancing delivery of education, and ensuring the strength of different types of education - including elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and vocational - are crucial goals. Given food, water, and shelter, people can survive; given a basic job, they can live; given knowledge, they can grow and lift themselves and their families up to the next level.

Education leads to opportunity. Providing access to education, enhancing delivery of education, and ensuring the strength of different types of education - including elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and vocational - are crucial goals. Given food, water, and shelter, people can survive; given a basic job, they can live; given knowledge, they can grow and lift themselves and their families up to the next level.

IMPaCT

Natalie Stasiewicz is starting IMPaCT in Heidelberg, Germany. IMPaCT is an inclusive music program for teenagers 14-17 from different social and educational backgrounds to learn about music and themselves by writing and creating rap together. This free program will include music therapists and local artists to help students learn to express themselves and discover all that they have in common while also celebrating their differences.

Natalie Stasiewicz

I was born in Hamburg Germany where I grew up. My parents are both from Poland, which gave me the amazing opportunity to grow up bilingual. After graduating from the Gymnasium I decided to move to Heidelberg, where I started studying History and South Asia Studies. During my studies I got the chance to learn many languages and meet incredible young people. One of them is my friend and flatmate Milena. Together we founded our social venture IMPaCT, the Inclusive Music Project. We hope to bring young people from different social- and educational backgrounds together

Joseph Opoku

Joseph has a wide range of experience advancing youth development in Ghana. He worked with the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Opportunity International, Children and Youth in Broadcasting and Springboard Roadshow Foundation, and many others. Joseph is passionate about education and youth development, particularly working to fill gaps within education. He founded the Youth Impact Workshop to help build the capacity of young people in Ghana to design, prototype and implement social enterprises at school and in their communities.

School Relief

Suman Kumar & Avishek Sanjel are co-founding School Relief in Nuwakot, Nepal to rebuild schools destroyed by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Students from the first school they will rebuild have been taught under temporary shelters; they will use a ‘Portal Shelter’ modular design that will allow for rapid deployment, use of local materials, safer and earthquake-resistant construction to provide a safer and more lasting solution throughout Nepal.

Avishek Sanjel Chhetri

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Avishek has grown to realize the health disparity that exists globally in terms of quality healthcare services. Avishek is driven by his passion to bring change to the healthcare sector of Nepal. Avishek is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester studying Biochemistry and International Relations. He plans to pursue an MD-MPH and work with rural communities in Nepal. Currently, with his team, he has started School Relief to rebuild schools that were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Suman Kumar

Suman is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester in New York, pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business. He has Engineering experience and has worked on several engineering projects in Nepal including earthquake relief project that provided shelters for approximately 26,000 earthquake victims. He previously ran a successful fabrication business where he dealt with several International organizations including the United Nations. 

Why Youth?

Why Youth aims to encourage students in Belgrade to recognize the important leadership roles they can play in developing their communities. Stefan and his team will deliver a leadership development curriculum in schools, building students' social skills, awareness, and self-confidence. Why Youth will create strong young leaders who take the initiative in creating positive change.

Stefan Raicevic

Stefan was born in Bar, Montenegro and graduated from the local primary and high school. After finishing his first year of high school, Stefan was chosen as a scholar of the U.S. State Department’s Young Leaders Exchange ASMYLE. Through this program, Stefan spent one year in the United States. He graduated in the top 10 of both his American and native high school and started studying law at the University of Belgrade in September 2014.