Y20 Community
September Highlights and Upcoming Events
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Months ago, the Y20 Community was just an idea. Today, we are an active global network that is sharing, listening, and supporting one another. We are engaging on the key Y20 topics while also thinking about how young people are facing the pandemic's consequences in education, employment, and health. We encourage you to keep active by continuing your involvement in our upcoming activities (see below) and by reaching out to one another. 

Also, remember to submit your video (and invite your friends) for the Youth Priorities Initiative (YPI). The deadline is September 26.  

Thank you for being an active member of our Y20 Community. 


Arwa AlHarbi
Y20 Community Taskforce Lead, Y20 Saudi Arabia

P.S. Remember to join the Y20 Community LinkedIn group for ongoing updates and engagement!

September 26  - Open Call Video Submission Deadline: Submit a video to share story, insight, and/or recommendations on any of the three priority topics on this year’s Y20 agenda. The deadline for video submission is September 26. More info: In addition, we invite you to share this opportunity using our social media toolkit.

October 1, 12-1:30 PM GMT - Global Dialogue Fellowship Session #3: Fellows go deeper on key themes in small groups, building learnings and recommendations. Fellows, check your email for details!

October 8, 12-1:30 pm GMT -  Impulse Session #2: Youth Empowerment: Impulse Sessions are a monthly engagement opportunity for Y20 Community members and other members of lead youth networks to engage in dialogue about key issues. This session will feature Yemi Babington-Ashaye, president at United People Global and former head of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum, and be moderated by Muhunnad Alsharekh, Y20 delegate of Saudi Arabia in 2019 and Global Dialogue Fellow 2020. Please RSVP at:

October 12 - 18 - Y20 Youth Summit: Stay tuned for details on how you can engage in this year’s event as young leaders from across G20 countries come together to discuss and debate the G20 Leader’s agenda. The Summit concludes with the drafting of the Y20 Communiqué.

October 22, 12-1:30 PM GMT - Global Dialogue Fellowship Session #4: Fellows continue deep dialogue with our UFacilitate team - reflecting on their small group conversations, the collective knowledge built, and the questions that remain. Fellows, check your email for details!

First Impulse Session Inspires Unique Perspectives on Global Citizenship

On Thursday, September 10, the Y20 Community gathered for our first Impulse Session to discuss: What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Global Citizen?” The session was moderated by Jahkini Bisselink, Y20 Delegate of the Netherlands 2018 & 2019. The program included Hadeel Al-Eisa, Head of the Y20 2020 Task Force on Global Citizenship, and featured Professor Fethi Mansouri, UNESCO Chairholder for Cultural Diversity and Social Justice. The conversation was lively as participants offered valuable youth perspectives. “More than half of the world population is under the age of 30, therefore, I believe it to be a moral obligation to involve young people in decision making processes,” shared Jahkini. We invite you to join us for Impulse Session #2: Youth Empowerment on October 8 and invite friends! We are opening this dialogue to the Y20 Community and youth leaders from other communities. Spread the word and the invite link at

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Y20 Community Selects Global Dialogue Fellows

On Thursday, September 3, the Y20 Community Global Dialogue Fellowship brought together the 49 Fellows, representing all G20 countries, selected for this unique opportunity in their first interactive session. During the Fellowship, participants discuss the Y20 key topics within the context of this question: What’s the post-Covid19 new normal for youth worldwide? The first session focused on creating common ground amongst the Fellows and defining the engagement plan. “The one-on-one talks were really insightful and eye-opening, it showed me a new perspective and opened my eyes to how the pandemic is affecting youth in other parts of the world,” shared one participant. Fellows will continue to meet with the goal of sharing their learnings during the final November 12 Impulse Session.

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Y20’s remarkable alumni and organizers, now a network of more than 500 strong, have advanced social impact in their local and global communities. Y20 alumni and organizers are distinguished leaders selected for their commitment to amplifying youth voices through policy work. We invite you to get to know the Y20 Community through these featured profiles. Here are two of our changemakers:
💡 SAILESH SINGHAL was the India Delegate for Y20 Germany in 2017 and he is part of the Y20 Community inaugural group of Global Dialogue Fellows. Sailesh is also the Founder of Youth of India Foundation, special accreditation by United Nations for 2020 Conference - a movement initiated to empower, engage, and evolve young people in localising the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative campaigns and discussions. Youth of  India is present across 13 states and 12 countries, completing more than 100 projects. In the past 150 days, they have reached out to 2.5 Million people digitally. On his mission in ending single-use plastic, he is advocating for a Global UnPlastic Day on September 17 and celebrates 17th of every month as UnPlastic Day. Sailesh is excited to be part of the Y20 Community because, "this group brings an innovative way of connecting that encourages learning from past experiences and moving forward in accountable and effective ways." Learn more at his organization:
💡 TATIANA PODLISZWEKSKI was the Executive Director of the Youth 20 in 2018 and served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Y20 Community Reunion on August 20. Tatiana is currently a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics. Her previous experience in government and NGOs has focused on issues related to low-income communities, development, education, and gender equality. She was also selected as a U.S. Department of State Young Leaders of the Americas Fellow. As a member of the Y20 Community, Tatiana wants to get a global perspective on issues facing Argentina. Specifically, she would like to engage with Y20 Community members engaged in poverty, education, and gender equality. Also, if you are in London, she would love to connect!  

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