Day 4: Two innovative youth ideas recognized at SVSD
After four full intensive training days on social ventures for sustainable development, delegates added the final touches to their projects’ proposals in the morning.
All participants concluded the SVSD seminar with the social venture pitch presentations, which was judged by Fairleigh Dickinson University professors and Youth Assembly organizers.
With a hope for change, 150 delegates competed in front of the jury, pitching the most sustainable solution they could find for a current issue they have chosen four days ago.
Twenty solutions were proposed for various problems. Only two projects’ proposals made it to the finals, got awarded by FDU and were featured in a recap video, which will be showcased during the Youth Assembly.
The first project was “Fem Power,” which was presented by a group of five members who came all the way from Africa to work together on facing the problem of female genital mutilation in West Africa, which happens for cultural and religious purposes. The project aimed specifically to stop this violation of human rights, especially in Sierra Leone. by empowering women and providing them with knowledge about their rights.
The second project was called “Hope for Opportunities” and was presented by a group of 8 members coming from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Greece. This group was motivated by the miserable situation of young Syrian refugees worldwide and therefore decided to act. Based on the high number of refugees in nearby Lebanon, the group was willing to implement their project in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, where they provide youth who are out of school with professional and vocational training. In addition to that, their idea included creating an online platform that documents the stories of youth in camps and showcase their talents to open up opportunities for them to get scholarships, employment or sponsorship.
All participants received their certificates of participation and got ready for one of the most exciting youth events in the world, the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York City. They left FDU fully prepared to participate in the assembly, where they will meet, discuss and engage with their peers from numerous countries around the world.