May 5, 2022

SDG 18 | Youth Activism & the SDGs in Times of Crisis | Rachel Svetanoff

SDG 18 | Youth Activism & the SDGs in Times of Crisis | Rachel Svetanoff

Should we challenge the status quo and add to the SDGs?

Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!


- Why do youth matter for the future & our pursuit towards achieving the SDGs?

- What programs exist that can help empower the youth?

- Is there a need for an additional goal around Youth Equity?

We got the inside scoop from expert Rachel Svetanoff, a young leader dedicated to championing innovation in social impact. Over the past 10 years, Rachel has helped work on all 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals where she has contributed to over 100 projects with 112 organizations across 35 countries. She is the Co-Founder of Global Futurist Initiative, which aims to elevate youth contributions to sustainable development and social progress. This effort is housed by and in partnership with InternetBar.Org Institute of which Rachel leads as Executive Director.

Rachel is a Global Goodwill Ambassador, an International Monetary Fund Youth Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development LEAP fellow, One Better World Collective Liaison, UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate alumna, Youth Marketplace YOMA Rules! Taskforce member, and Harvard Seminar for Leaders in China instructor. She is also a founding member of the North American Changemaker Xchange global community, selected as 1 of 19 youth innovators from the continent. For her service, Rachel is the recipient of the Top 10 Under 40 of Tippecanoe County Award, 2021 Purdue University Student Life Young Alumni Award, 2021 Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award of AmeriCorps, the 2021 J.B. Dondolo, Inc. WASH Changemaker Award, and an InnoCentive Challenge winner.

Connect with Rachel: LinkedIn | Twitter

Episode Resources:

- Lessons from young people on how to organise a humanitarian response | World Economic Forum

- Climate change, Ukraine and pitfalls of international goodwill | The Hill

- A beginner's guide to the SDGs | Innovators Box

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