Youth and the SDGs Virtual Showcase

Youth and the SDGs Virtual Showcase

CIFAL Atlanta, in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, UNITAR, and the Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE), with the financial support of Turner Foundation, has co-developed a Youth & Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) E-learning course, announced during a virtual showcase on May 13th, 2020, and launched that same day.

Dr. Binbin Jiang, Director of CIFAL Atlanta and Executive Director of the Division of Global Affairs at Kennesaw State University (KSU), delivered the welcoming remarks at the showcase. Opening statements by Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President of Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr. Sheb True, Interim Associate Vice Provost of the Division of Global Affairs and Interim Dean of the Graduate College at KSU; and Ms. Estrella Merlos, Associate Director of CIFAL Global Network at UNITAR, presented the importance and aims of this initiative. The course, developed by young people for young people, is to promote and educate individuals in identifying the social, economic, and ecological sustainability needs of the RCE member communities, in addition to teaching those participants the skills for collaborating with diverse stakeholders to create and implement action projects.

During the showcase, the following project interns/fellows, Vanessa Godinez, Nafeesah Robinson, Ambika Natajaran, Marisol Mendez, Jaylan Jacobs, and Skyler Stirling, shared how their research findings contributed to the online course. In addition, four collaborative partners included in the course also had the opportunity to briefly present the work of their respective countries/organizations and highlight their dedication to the sustainable development goals. They included: Mrs. Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta; Mr. Garry Harris, President of the Center for Sustainable Communities; Dr. Russanne Low, Senior Scientist at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies; and Mr. Jon Thompson, CEO & Co-Founder of Comunidad Connect. This successful showcase, which was attended by 101 participants, highlighted how the research of fellows and interns, together with the related collaboration of 15 partnerships involving local, regional, and international organizations, was critical in the development of the E-learning Course.

You may find more information from UNITAR’s website here: https://www.unitar.org/about/news-stories/news/unitar-and-cifal-atlanta-launch-e-learning-programme-rce-greater-atlanta-youth-network

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