As of August 2022, State of Youth said goodbye to the old Youth Board, that served for the last year and a half. These young activists have provided a significant insight into the needs of the young advocates of today and we are incredibly grateful for all their hard work. We wish them all the best in their futures!

This week, State of Youth is delighted to welcome the new Youth Board! The Youth Board is comprised of 8 young activists from all over the world who each specialize in a different topic. As article 12 CRC, the right to participation, is the core of our work at KidsRights and State of Youth, the Youth Board is a fundamental function of our organization.

What does the Youth Board do?

This will be State of Youth’s third Youth Board. The Youth Board share their voices, network and experience in order to collaborate and brainstorm awareness, advocacy and action ideas for the State of Youth platform. As our Youth Board is represented by 8 young people from all over the world, they seek to offer their diverse and young perspectives about what State of Youth does.

Our Youth Board will also offer guidance and insight to our Chapter Leaders, through mobilizing and inspiring them to create a change in their local community.

Who are the new Youth Board?

Introducing the State of Youth’s New Youth Board:

Selin Özünaldım is an activist from Turkey. Her activism is focused on gender equality, especially in the field of education.

Nkosilathi Nyathi is an environmental advocate from Zimbabwe. He is focused on youth participation in the environmental agenda.

Divina Maloum is a peacebuilding practitioner and our International Children’s Peace Prize 2019 winner. She is committed to including youth participation in peacebuilding and development.

Alyan Khan is an activist from Pakistan. He is devoted to activism surrounding the right to education. Alyan is also one of the State of Youth Chapter Leaders.

Nav Agarwal is an advocate from India. Nav, alongside his brother Vihaan, won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2021. He is committed to fighting waste pollution and climate change.

Christopher Kleynhans is an activist from South Africa. He advocates for mental health to become a non-stigmatized topic. This will be his second term on the Youth Board.

Konstantinos Papachristou is an activist from Greece. He fights for youth participation for all decisions which affect children. Konstantinos will also be serving his second term on the Youth Board.

Christina Adane is an advocate from the United Kingdom. She has fronted campaigns as the founding co-chair of BiteBack2030 for free school meals and junk food marketing. She was also a finalist for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2021.

Do you want to read more about our new Youth Board members? Follow us on Instagram @stateofyouth.

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