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160 teens from 18 countries came together to propose policies at the 2020 Global Youth Leadership Conference

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BOSTON, June 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 160 high school students from 18 countries participated in last week's virtual 2020 Global Youth Leadership Conference hosted by Knovva Academy. The event was held in partnership with the Y7 Youth Summit hosted by the YPFP (Young Professionals in Foreign Policy).

160 students from 18 countries participated in the Knovva Academy virtual Model Y7 Summit
160 students from 18 countries participated in the Knovva Academy virtual Model Y7 Summit

"Students voluntarily came together from across the planet to participate. They really care about changing the world," said Peter Dufresne, SVP of Academics at Knovva Academy.

The high school students observed the delegates to the Y7 Summit deliberating on topics such as the future of education, employment, peace, security, and energy policy.

"It was truly inspirational to hear speakers emphasize the importance of youth engagement. I have no doubt my peers are on their way to forming creative solutions to the world's most pressing problems," said Kiara Ortiz, a graduating senior from Dominican Academy 2020, Dartmouth College '24.

On the final day, students got the chance to propose their own policy solutions.

"All week, they get to think about what it might be like to actually become delegates on the Y7, sitting in their seats. Our curriculum challenges them to learn to step outside of their comfort zones to share their thoughts with a new group of peers from different countries and cultures," said Patricia Lozada, Knovva Academy's Y7 Committee Chair. "This is how high school students transform into public policy leaders."

"I feel I am standing with the world. I am not alone and we are not alone," said Hailey He, a student from Chongqing Nankai Middle School in China."No matter what the pandemic brings to us, if we just connect together and hold each other's hands, we can all get through it."

Student Awards
Knovva Academy recognized 12 students for their extraordinary contributions in elevating the youth voice. The award winners hailed from Egypt, Australia, U.S, Japan, India, and China. Vidhur Senthil of Upper St. Clair High School, PA, earned the Most Outstanding Delegate Award.

Knovva Academy: is an international education company based in Boston, Massachusetts. We are passionate about global education and making the world a better place. Knovva Academy uses project-based learning and experiential education to empower youth to become change-makers. Knovva students break down cultural barriers so they can rebuild a world without them. Find out more at www.knovva.com.

Yuxi He


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