madrid, spain: one young world

Two years ago, I was so grateful to attend One Young World 2015 Summit with Unilever in Bangkok, Thailand and again at the 2016 Summit in Ottawa, Canada. One Young World is a "UK-based charity that gathers together young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change." https://www.oneyoungworld.com/

 Donte, my friend, and I at One Young World in Ottawa- September 2016. There were over 190 flags to represent each country in attendance, including a Refugee Nation flag to represent the millions of refugees in the world. My friend, Meron, carried the flag and it was the first time the flag had been carried at such an event. So meaningful.

Donte, my friend, and I at One Young World in Ottawa- September 2016. There were over 190 flags to represent each country in attendance, including a Refugee Nation flag to represent the millions of refugees in the world. My friend, Meron, carried the flag and it was the first time the flag had been carried at such an event. So meaningful.

 Meron, Steven and I- all originally from 3 different places, reunited in San Francisco last year! Meron is the Coordinating Ambassador for the area.

Meron, Steven and I- all originally from 3 different places, reunited in San Francisco last year! Meron is the Coordinating Ambassador for the area.

One Young World has one main summit in a different country each year that brings together over 1,500 people from 196 countries. The summit has many sessions with incredibly inspiring speakers (from guest speakers, such as Kofi Annan and Justin Trudeau to fellow conference delegates) that address societal issues/solutions in order to spark dialogue. 

Throughout the year, there are a variety of mini-Summits and get-togethers for Ambassadors to meet, discuss, innovate and take action on social issues. OYW covers a variety of topics from education to security to mental health to LGBT rights and everything in between. It is hard to put into words how amazing the action these ambassadors take is (providing access to education, clean energy, personal safety, healthcare, hunger relief- this list goes on and on!). Impact Report can be found here:  

https://www.oneyoungworld.com/sites/oneyoungworld.com/files/Impact-Report-2015.pdf

 Carlota and I in La Latina- Madrid, Spain

Carlota and I in La Latina- Madrid, Spain

I am so grateful for all I have learned and been inspired by with One Young World. The network is truly incredible and enables a lasting connection to people all over the world. No matter where I am, I can reach out to and meet up with One Young World Ambassadors. It makes me feel at home wherever I am! My friend Charlie (UK) introduced me to Carlota in Madrid, who is a Coordinating Ambassador for her region. She essentially organizes groups of ambassadors to stay in touch and active throughout the year. Currently, she is helping to plan a European Summit in the coming months. It was so amazing to meet her and get traditional Spanish beer & tapas. I love seeing Ambassadors in their countries and learning more about their culture and impact! 

One Young World 2017 is in Bogota, Colombia! I'd absolutely recommend looking into attending!!! https://www.oneyoungworld.com/attend-summit-2017

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