“You cannot boil the Ocean, but you can get a lot of people to the beach.”
Pictured from left to right: Aaron Sherinian, Georgie Bernadette, Davis Smith, Kat Cole, James Irungu Mwangi

Aaron Sherinian chose a witty quip to open the early morning Social Good Masterclass at the Hotel Wales in NYC. 75 of the worlds top social media influencers, bloggers and activists gathered in one room, I was so lucky to be 1 of the 75. The Social Good Masterclass was the first in many events as a part of UN week in NYC and the United Nations General Assembly. Advocates from all over the world, CEO’s of countless different companies, Humanitarians, political officials, POTUS, to name a few were in attendance at the UN General Assembly. The Masterclass had a focus on interaction with the influencers (the 75 social media influencers) and the speakers, whom all came from many different ways of life. CEO’s sat amongst youth leaders and global journalists speaking on issues that mattered to them most.

Paralympian cyclist Jamie Schanbaum

Plus SocialGood and the United Nations Foundation partnered to make this event happen. I was sent to the Masterclass and Summit in representation of DoSomething.org a nonprofit that advocates for social justice and change directed toward millennials. DoSomething.org’s CEO Aria Finger was one of the speakers at the Social Good Summit. Her conversation directly addressed young people and their power to enact change in this world, as well as how we need to empower and provide the tools necessary for them and us to be able to create an affective and permanent change.

Working and networking with the worlds best in journalism and activism on the social scale puts into perspective just how much work we need to get done by the year 2030. The appropriate hashtag for both events was “#2030Now” this tagline is meant to give awareness to the 17 different Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations has listed on their website. They represent goals mankind must strive towards by the year 2030. If everyone were to perform one small act relating to one of the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) the world could change overnight.

As I looked around the room while at the Social Good Masterclass I noticed that nearly everyone in the room appeared to be young. Which made me very happy, to see people similar to me in age discussing and learning all they can about specific crisis that are happening RIGHT NOW in their very own world. It is our responsibility as young individuals to be knowledgable about everything that is happening in our world because it will be our world one day.

Along with the Summit and masterclass Chrysula Winegar extended an invitation to me from the United Foundation to attend a youth circle discussion on sustainability and our part in that goal with the ministry of climate change from the United Arab Emirates. I was privileged to meet and network with individuals from all over the world and hear from some badass young people on the work they want to accomplish by 2020 and by 2030. In attendance were organizations and non-profits that wanted to get in on the action and how their company and ideals could help in achieving this goal of sustainability.

Pictured above: Members of the UAE youth circle ministry of climate change meeting.

Caitlin Weich a representative from SCOUTS New Zealand which is a not for profit organization whom help teach young people from the age of 6 to young adulthood, skills and empowerment to pursue their desired field of service. Caitlin hoped to learn something about the visions that the United Arab Emirates has for climate change and compare them to the companies current standards to reinforce and polish a solution on how to move forward from all corners of the globe.

Pictured: (Left to Right) Nicol Perez, Alaa Murabit, Chrysula Winegar, Giorgio Jackson, Edda Hamar
“we are convening here in solidarity and silence, lets do something bold, with care, and great great compassion and have the best week ever.”
- Aaron Sherinian

Another incredible woman i had the pleasure of interviewing was Aishwarya Narasimhadevara. she is a medical representative from the UAE whom has been helping to build schools and water conservation in Zimbabwe. “The overall goal is to achieve each SDG, with achieving one SDG you can achieve them all”

Pictured left to right: Aishwarya Narasimhadevara, Caitlin Weich, Arta-Ademi

Finally, a true surprise to me was getting to meet Arta Ademi who is an advocate for the Give me 5 campaign. This campaign is a grassroots initiative that calls upon public and private investments in relation to achieving the 17 different SDG’s. Showing how much we spend as a society and how we can reallocate specific monies to affect the world in better ways. Public spending and investing in peace, health and learning how to not compromise the needs of the future generations for the needs of the world currently. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University, which is the school I currently attend.

Pictured left to right: Chloe Gacconier, Kim Yeung and ME Thomas Bergamo

To say that those few days in NYC were busy and exciting is an understatement. I simply became a sponge, soaking up new knowledge about anything and EVERYTHING that I could. Our future is fast approaching, we must take the necessary steps to be able to say that we will have a sustainable, safe and realistic world by the year 2030. These goals and dreams will not happen on their won, the time to act is NOW because the time for failure is over. TOO many times we have failed this earth, and I will not stand for that any longer. I am willing to do whatever it takes to make this world better than the one it was yesterday, I hope you will join me, because without you, the world has no one.

“It is important to be loud, if you have a soapbox stand on it and SCREAM!”
-Chelsea Handler