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Meet Plan International Global Youth Advisory Panel (GYAP) member Nadyah, aged 18, from the USA.

Global Youth Advisory Panel member Nadyah
Global Youth Advisory Panel member Nadyah.

What are you passionate about?

I am currently studying International Affairs and Development at University. I am a student full time, and also intern part-time at the Peace Corps.

I speak English and Tamil, and am a student of French and Arabic. In my spare time I love to travel, cook, read, exercise, volunteer and learn more about global development!

What do you enjoy about being on GYAP?

Through my experiences I have become extremely passionate about international development issues, promoting youth engagement, and ensuring that children live in a peaceful world where they have rights and are able to reach their potential.

Being on GYAP allows me to help Plan International achieve its purpose. I also want to help other young people realise their potential and to help create change on a global level.

Being part of GYAP is an incredible opportunity to meet young people from all over the world who are equally as passionate about creating sustainable change and representing youth voices.

Why is GYAP important?

Youth voices are an untapped resource that bring new ideas and passion to the table. Mark Zuckerburg created Facebook in his college dorm room, Bill Gates wrote his first software at 13 and Malala Yousafzai won the Noble Peace Prize at age 16. These examples show how valuable youth can be when they have opportunities.

It is important for Plan International to take advantage of young people’s abilities to innovate and explore, and use their energy so that young people can realise their potential. Engaging with youth will help benefit communities and countries.

When youth help make decisions, programmes are more likely to meet their needs. In addition, when young people feel part of a process they feel ownership, they mobilise others and become influential role models.