GYC Annual Report 2016-FINAL

GYC Annual Report 2016-FINAL
globalyouthconnect.org@globalyouthcnct
FINANCIAL DETAILS 01
MISSION 02
LETTER FROM GYC LEADERSHIP 03
WHAT WE DO 04
#GYCRWANDA AND #GYCCOLOMBIA 06
IMPACT 08
STORIES FROM DELEGATES 09
WINE TASTING 12
BOARD LISTING 13
HOW IT WORKS 14
CONTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITY 15
CONTENTS 2016
Global Youth Connect
GYC
2016 Annual Report |01|
GYC Financial Details
2015
Expenses
$107K
Employee Compensation
Professional Fees and Administrative
Program Related
Grants
Other
2015
Revenue
$108K
Program Service Revenue
Donations, Gifts, Grants
2015 Income
Program Service Revenue
Donations, Gifts, Grants
Total Income
2015 Expenses
Employee Compensation
Professional Fees and Administrative
Program Related
Grants
Other
Total Expenses
Excess or (Deficit)
76,127
32,036
108,163
39,661
29,392
27,160
7,749
3,175
107,137
1,026
Global Youth Connect
globalyouthconnect.org
@globalyouthcnct
Global Youth Connect's
(GYC) mission is to advance
human rights through
cross-cultural programs for
emerging leaders, focusing
on post-genocide and
post-violence countries.
|02|2016 Annual Report
M I S S I O N
2016 Annual Report |03|
Dear friends,
This year has been a tremendous year of
change and transition as we evolve as an
organization. What hasn’t changed is our
commitment to running quality,
transformative programs for young change
makers and activists around the world.
Our theory of change is simple: we believe
that when you bring socially engaged
young people together, from diverse
backgrounds, something amazing happens.
Delegates across cultures learn that the
similarities in thought often greatly outweigh
any cultural differences. Delegates work
collectively to learn about and grapple with
difficult questions about equity and
promoting human rights; and it doesn’t stop
with our delegation. Folks who joined our
GYC Colombia delegation continue to
collaborate remotely with an organization
they visited while in Bogotá/Cartagena.
We successfully sent another delegation to
Rwanda for our flagship program. We also
ran two delegations to Colombia for the
first time in our history and leveraged social
media to bring people along on those
delegations in real time using
#GYCRwanda and #GYCColombia.
We plan on continuing these programs in
2017 and hope to continue launching
innovative, life-changing programs across
the world.
We’ve come far in 2016, but we still have
many things left to accomplish to create a
more equitable and just world. We thank
you for joining us on our journey.
LETTER from
Executive Director and Chairperson
globalyouthconnect.org
@globalyouthcnct
Executive Director Board Chairperson
Jason Torreano Nestor Solari
Global Youth Connect empowers youth
to promote human rights for all people around the world.
We work in post-conflict countries, with local and international youth, to
participate in human rights workshops, volunteer service, and meetings
with key stakeholders. We’re equal parts theory and practice. For
example, in Rwanda, we enjoy a mutually beneficial collaboration with
a legal aid society in Kigali. In this context, GYC’s local and
international delegates have been vital in keeping a violent anti-gay bill
out of parliament, promoting education and health care in impoverished
Batwa communities, and raising awareness about the restrictions of
freedom of speech and press in the country.
Address: P.O. Box 1342
NY, NY 10159 - 1342
www.globalyouthconnect.org
contact@globalyouthconnect.org 845-657-3273
|04|2016 Annual Report
Through our work, we’ve sought to make our corner of the world just a
little brighter, and more equitable. Our alumni have transformative
experiences, too -- dozens of people have initiated their own human
rights-focused organizations since participating in a GYC delegation.
Address: P.O. Box 1342
NY, NY 10159 - 1342
www.globalyouthconnect.org
contact@globalyouthconnect.org 845-657-3273
2016 Annual Report |05|
#GYCRwanda #GYCColombia
# G Y C R w a n d a
S O C I A L M E D I A U P D AT E S
F R O M O U R D E L E G AT E S A N D G Y C L E A D E R S H I P
# G Y C C o l o m b i a
@globalyouthcnct @global youth connect
|06|2016 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report |07|
Embassy of the US
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Rwanda
Ministry of Disaster Management and refugee affairs
GOVERNMENTAL
National Paralympic Committee
Focusing on the people living with disabilities
Health Development Initiative
Sexual and reproductive health rights initiative
Rafa LGBT rights
AegisTrust
Preventing mass atrocities and promoting
peacebuilding education
EjoYouth Echo
Using media to promote the culture of peace
Mind Leaps
Street children social inclusion
Chabha
Children affected by HIV and AIDS
Ineza Cooperative
Woman living with HIV
Esperance
Football and sports for hope
Gihembe Refugee CampYouth
Council
NON-GOVERNMENTAL
July/August 2016, the TURIKUMWE (We are Together) program brought together
nine young leaders from Rwanda, the United States and Congolese refugee camp
for an intensive two-week program exploring human rights and peacebuilding in a
national and international context.
During the course of the program participants came together to explore different
notions about human rights and peacebuilding but also to learn more about how to
take action to promote and protect human rights and peacebuilding worldwide.
Global Youth Connect, in partnership with INALAS Legal Aid Services, helped to
develop the youth leaders’ personal interests and explore new angles on human
rights, peacebuilding, mass atrocities prevention through group discussions,
workshops, site visits, homestays and volunteer placements. Some of the topics that
the participants discussed with local guests and lecturers were the rights of people
with disabilities, LGBT rights, gender rights, the situation of the survivors of the
1994 genocide against the Tutsi and the status of refugees.
During the educational and inspirational two-week program, Turikumwe delegation
met with various organizations, including:
RWANDA
8 COUNTRIES, 600 YOUTH, 50
HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS,
650 PROJECTS, 50 REPORTS
47%
GYC Alumni currently hold jobs
in the field of Human Rights
97%
GYC Alumni say that the GYC
program influenced their
career trajectory in some way
IMPACT
|08|2016 Annual Report
8 COUNTRIES, 600 YOUTH, 50
HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS,
650 PROJECTS, 50 REPORTS
20%
20% of GYC alumni have founded a Human
Rights related program, organization, or initiative
since their delegation. For example...
Meet GYC Alumna Rebecca Davis -- MSNBC
Foot Soldier empowering street children in
Rwanda, Bosnia, and Guinea through dance.
Learn more about the Rebecca Davis Dance
Company here! And meet Elizabeth Dearborn
Hughes, the founder and director of the Akilah
Institute, recognized by Forbes and many
others as a pioneer in girls education. In 2013
Newsweek named Elizabeth one of the 125
"Women of Impact" in the world.
Alumni Spotlight
GYC has held over 30 programs in 8 countries,
training over 600 youth to strengthen over 50
human rights organizations with over 650
projects, and issued over 50 reports.
GYC’s impact manifests itself not only in the future
progressive lives and activities of our youth
participants from around the world, but also in
the human rights efforts of the grassroots
organizations where our youth volunteer their
time and skills, and in the actions of policy
makers who get involved through our advocacy
and sharing meetings.
“Global Youth Connect gave me tremendous inspiration and a unique experience.
My eyes and mind were opened by visiting different places, ministries, and the
most vulnerable groups in the world.
Significant challenges to promoting human rights remain. I am never more
reminded of that when I entered the memorial site of the Genocide perpetrated
against the Tutsi in 1994.
I paid respect for my family members, and my heart is broken when I think that
over a million Tutsi were killed without any reason just because they were born as
they are.
I must be a part of ending these mass atrocities, and personally I will do
everything to protect the dignity of humanity in every way.
It is important to recognize the crucial role of education in contributing to
building a culture of peace.
My love of GYC has inspired me to obtain my master’s degree in the human rights
and peacebuilding.
STORIES FROM DELEGATES
Majesty
#GYCRwanda
|10|2016 Annual Report
”
My name is Mwiza Aline Hanna and I am a junior studying International
Relations at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Mwiza Aline
#GYCRwanda
I was so excited to attend the GYC program in Rwanda because I was
raised there and consider it my home.
One of the things that touched my heart were the refugees. We visited
Gihembe Refugee camp, and talked to some of the leaders as they discussed
aspects of their daily lives. My heart was full sorrow, and my eyes were full
of tears to hear what they had to say. It was so hard to believe because I
couldn’t imagine such a life, but reality cannot be denied, and, yes, this is
their life. By walking through the camp, I could see the issues they were
enduring. There were so many thoughts going through my mind just from
looking around the camp. We sat down and talked about the refugees’ lives
with the leaders as they addressed many issues such as hunger, inadequate
health care, poor of education, unclean water, lack of transportation,
unsanitary environment and countless other issues.
My experience continued with a visit to the Kigali Memorial site. What a
horrific experience this was and one that I never saw even though I was
raised in Rwanda.
Through GYC, I had the opportunity to visit and learn more about genocide
sites. When we arrived at the site, my heart started to beat fast. I couldn’t
understand why. I realized I was afraid of what I was going to see. After
watching a short documentary I began to cry and I couldn’t seem to stop.
I finally found the courage to read the stories and testimonies of the
survivors. I began questioning how this could happen. Why no one stood up
to stop genocide before millions of innocent people were killed. I made the
decision right then and there to become a human right activist, and
standup and fight against these inhumane abuses.
GYC is a unique experience that will enrich your life by advocating for those
who need it the most by exploring new and alternative approaches to
bringing about change.
2016 Annual Report |11|
“ I am a second-year graduate student studying
International Education Policy and Management at
Vanderbilt University.
Before this delegation, I knew hardly anything about
Colombia. I joined mostly out of curiosity.
I love working and collaborating with genuinely
curious people because they’re problem solvers; they
see things others don’t and are relentless in their
pursuit of answers.
Curious people will keep you open-minded. They see
the world differently, and I think it makes the
collaborative experience all the richer.
The country is hopefully ending the conflict, and
both the people and the government are trying to
heal the victims. One example is the Center for
Memory, Peace and Reconciliation (“Centro de
Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación”) in Bogotá.
What truly impressed me the most: the people. In
spite of all the loss and trauma people are hopeful
and confident about the future for themselves and
for the country.
I know that with my education I can impact the
overall quality of life for people in these countries
and want to encourage others to experience a
delegation like this.
Maoqing
#GYCColombia
|12|2016 Annual Report
”
WINE
TASTING
EVENING
Twitter
@globalyout
hcnct
Phone
845-657-3273
Website
globalyouthco
nnect.org
NY
NY 10159
1342
Manhattan, 2016
WINE TASTING
Global Youth Connect held its first ever Wine Tasting and Giving Party at Taste
Wine Company in Manhattan in Fall 2016. Nearly 50 people came out to
sample wine and learn more about Global Youth Connect’s mission and vision.
“Our goal with this evening was to introduce people to GYC’s mission and
vision,” said Jason Torreano, Executive Director. “We raised money - but we also
raised awareness and made a few friends in the process.”
Attendees had an opportunity to sample more than a dozen wines, snack on
appetizers from Trader Joe’s and bid on silent auction items.
Over $3,000 was raised to support human rights programs.
50 People
$3,000 Raised
2016 Annual Report |09|
Board listing
Nestor Hugo Solari, Creation Investments, Chair
Lisa D’Annunzio, Esq. Vice Chair
Caroline Nguyen, Esq. NYC Economic Development. Corp. Secretary
Gietha Murugiah, Developing World Markets, Treasurer
Daniel Burnside, Morningstar, Fundraising Chair
Neha Raval, New York Women’s Foundation, Member
Dechen Albero, The New School, Member
Dr. Lynette Nickleberry, SUNY Empire State College, Member
Aissatou Diallo, Member
Vikram Rastogi, Department of Homeland Security, Member
Joyce Kasee-Mills, US Institute of Peace, Member
globalyouthconnect.org
@globalyouthcnct
2016 Annual Report |13|
Global Youth Connect
GYC
|14|2016 Annual Report
YES!globalyouthconnect.org
@globalyouthcnct
Name on card:
Card number:
Security code:
Expiration date: /
Address associated with card:
Mailed to:
Global Youth Connect,
PO Box 1342, NY, NY 10159.
Contributions can also be made at
globalyouthconnect.org.
Iwish to promote
human rights
around the
world.
I will make a gift of to Global Youth Connect.
Check is enclosed.
Credit card details are below:
Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover
To: Global Youth Connection
From:
Date:
2016 Annual Report |15|
Checks should be made payable to
“Global Youth Connect”.
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GYC Annual Report 2016-FINAL

  • 2. globalyouthconnect.org@globalyouthcnct FINANCIAL DETAILS 01 MISSION 02 LETTER FROM GYC LEADERSHIP 03 WHAT WE DO 04 #GYCRWANDA AND #GYCCOLOMBIA 06 IMPACT 08 STORIES FROM DELEGATES 09 WINE TASTING 12 BOARD LISTING 13 HOW IT WORKS 14 CONTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITY 15 CONTENTS 2016 Global Youth Connect GYC
  • 3. 2016 Annual Report |01| GYC Financial Details 2015 Expenses $107K Employee Compensation Professional Fees and Administrative Program Related Grants Other 2015 Revenue $108K Program Service Revenue Donations, Gifts, Grants 2015 Income Program Service Revenue Donations, Gifts, Grants Total Income 2015 Expenses Employee Compensation Professional Fees and Administrative Program Related Grants Other Total Expenses Excess or (Deficit) 76,127 32,036 108,163 39,661 29,392 27,160 7,749 3,175 107,137 1,026
  • 4. Global Youth Connect globalyouthconnect.org @globalyouthcnct Global Youth Connect's (GYC) mission is to advance human rights through cross-cultural programs for emerging leaders, focusing on post-genocide and post-violence countries. |02|2016 Annual Report M I S S I O N
  • 5. 2016 Annual Report |03| Dear friends, This year has been a tremendous year of change and transition as we evolve as an organization. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to running quality, transformative programs for young change makers and activists around the world. Our theory of change is simple: we believe that when you bring socially engaged young people together, from diverse backgrounds, something amazing happens. Delegates across cultures learn that the similarities in thought often greatly outweigh any cultural differences. Delegates work collectively to learn about and grapple with difficult questions about equity and promoting human rights; and it doesn’t stop with our delegation. Folks who joined our GYC Colombia delegation continue to collaborate remotely with an organization they visited while in Bogotá/Cartagena. We successfully sent another delegation to Rwanda for our flagship program. We also ran two delegations to Colombia for the first time in our history and leveraged social media to bring people along on those delegations in real time using #GYCRwanda and #GYCColombia. We plan on continuing these programs in 2017 and hope to continue launching innovative, life-changing programs across the world. We’ve come far in 2016, but we still have many things left to accomplish to create a more equitable and just world. We thank you for joining us on our journey. LETTER from Executive Director and Chairperson globalyouthconnect.org @globalyouthcnct Executive Director Board Chairperson Jason Torreano Nestor Solari
  • 6. Global Youth Connect empowers youth to promote human rights for all people around the world. We work in post-conflict countries, with local and international youth, to participate in human rights workshops, volunteer service, and meetings with key stakeholders. We’re equal parts theory and practice. For example, in Rwanda, we enjoy a mutually beneficial collaboration with a legal aid society in Kigali. In this context, GYC’s local and international delegates have been vital in keeping a violent anti-gay bill out of parliament, promoting education and health care in impoverished Batwa communities, and raising awareness about the restrictions of freedom of speech and press in the country. Address: P.O. Box 1342 NY, NY 10159 - 1342 www.globalyouthconnect.org contact@globalyouthconnect.org 845-657-3273 |04|2016 Annual Report
  • 7. Through our work, we’ve sought to make our corner of the world just a little brighter, and more equitable. Our alumni have transformative experiences, too -- dozens of people have initiated their own human rights-focused organizations since participating in a GYC delegation. Address: P.O. Box 1342 NY, NY 10159 - 1342 www.globalyouthconnect.org contact@globalyouthconnect.org 845-657-3273 2016 Annual Report |05|
  • 8. #GYCRwanda #GYCColombia # G Y C R w a n d a S O C I A L M E D I A U P D AT E S F R O M O U R D E L E G AT E S A N D G Y C L E A D E R S H I P # G Y C C o l o m b i a @globalyouthcnct @global youth connect |06|2016 Annual Report
  • 9. 2016 Annual Report |07| Embassy of the US Ministry of Health of the Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Disaster Management and refugee affairs GOVERNMENTAL National Paralympic Committee Focusing on the people living with disabilities Health Development Initiative Sexual and reproductive health rights initiative Rafa LGBT rights AegisTrust Preventing mass atrocities and promoting peacebuilding education EjoYouth Echo Using media to promote the culture of peace Mind Leaps Street children social inclusion Chabha Children affected by HIV and AIDS Ineza Cooperative Woman living with HIV Esperance Football and sports for hope Gihembe Refugee CampYouth Council NON-GOVERNMENTAL July/August 2016, the TURIKUMWE (We are Together) program brought together nine young leaders from Rwanda, the United States and Congolese refugee camp for an intensive two-week program exploring human rights and peacebuilding in a national and international context. During the course of the program participants came together to explore different notions about human rights and peacebuilding but also to learn more about how to take action to promote and protect human rights and peacebuilding worldwide. Global Youth Connect, in partnership with INALAS Legal Aid Services, helped to develop the youth leaders’ personal interests and explore new angles on human rights, peacebuilding, mass atrocities prevention through group discussions, workshops, site visits, homestays and volunteer placements. Some of the topics that the participants discussed with local guests and lecturers were the rights of people with disabilities, LGBT rights, gender rights, the situation of the survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi and the status of refugees. During the educational and inspirational two-week program, Turikumwe delegation met with various organizations, including: RWANDA
  • 10. 8 COUNTRIES, 600 YOUTH, 50 HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, 650 PROJECTS, 50 REPORTS 47% GYC Alumni currently hold jobs in the field of Human Rights 97% GYC Alumni say that the GYC program influenced their career trajectory in some way IMPACT |08|2016 Annual Report 8 COUNTRIES, 600 YOUTH, 50 HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, 650 PROJECTS, 50 REPORTS 20% 20% of GYC alumni have founded a Human Rights related program, organization, or initiative since their delegation. For example... Meet GYC Alumna Rebecca Davis -- MSNBC Foot Soldier empowering street children in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Guinea through dance. Learn more about the Rebecca Davis Dance Company here! And meet Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, the founder and director of the Akilah Institute, recognized by Forbes and many others as a pioneer in girls education. In 2013 Newsweek named Elizabeth one of the 125 "Women of Impact" in the world. Alumni Spotlight GYC has held over 30 programs in 8 countries, training over 600 youth to strengthen over 50 human rights organizations with over 650 projects, and issued over 50 reports. GYC’s impact manifests itself not only in the future progressive lives and activities of our youth participants from around the world, but also in the human rights efforts of the grassroots organizations where our youth volunteer their time and skills, and in the actions of policy makers who get involved through our advocacy and sharing meetings.
  • 11. “Global Youth Connect gave me tremendous inspiration and a unique experience. My eyes and mind were opened by visiting different places, ministries, and the most vulnerable groups in the world. Significant challenges to promoting human rights remain. I am never more reminded of that when I entered the memorial site of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994. I paid respect for my family members, and my heart is broken when I think that over a million Tutsi were killed without any reason just because they were born as they are. I must be a part of ending these mass atrocities, and personally I will do everything to protect the dignity of humanity in every way. It is important to recognize the crucial role of education in contributing to building a culture of peace. My love of GYC has inspired me to obtain my master’s degree in the human rights and peacebuilding. STORIES FROM DELEGATES Majesty #GYCRwanda |10|2016 Annual Report ”
  • 12. My name is Mwiza Aline Hanna and I am a junior studying International Relations at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Mwiza Aline #GYCRwanda I was so excited to attend the GYC program in Rwanda because I was raised there and consider it my home. One of the things that touched my heart were the refugees. We visited Gihembe Refugee camp, and talked to some of the leaders as they discussed aspects of their daily lives. My heart was full sorrow, and my eyes were full of tears to hear what they had to say. It was so hard to believe because I couldn’t imagine such a life, but reality cannot be denied, and, yes, this is their life. By walking through the camp, I could see the issues they were enduring. There were so many thoughts going through my mind just from looking around the camp. We sat down and talked about the refugees’ lives with the leaders as they addressed many issues such as hunger, inadequate health care, poor of education, unclean water, lack of transportation, unsanitary environment and countless other issues. My experience continued with a visit to the Kigali Memorial site. What a horrific experience this was and one that I never saw even though I was raised in Rwanda. Through GYC, I had the opportunity to visit and learn more about genocide sites. When we arrived at the site, my heart started to beat fast. I couldn’t understand why. I realized I was afraid of what I was going to see. After watching a short documentary I began to cry and I couldn’t seem to stop. I finally found the courage to read the stories and testimonies of the survivors. I began questioning how this could happen. Why no one stood up to stop genocide before millions of innocent people were killed. I made the decision right then and there to become a human right activist, and standup and fight against these inhumane abuses. GYC is a unique experience that will enrich your life by advocating for those who need it the most by exploring new and alternative approaches to bringing about change. 2016 Annual Report |11|
  • 13. “ I am a second-year graduate student studying International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt University. Before this delegation, I knew hardly anything about Colombia. I joined mostly out of curiosity. I love working and collaborating with genuinely curious people because they’re problem solvers; they see things others don’t and are relentless in their pursuit of answers. Curious people will keep you open-minded. They see the world differently, and I think it makes the collaborative experience all the richer. The country is hopefully ending the conflict, and both the people and the government are trying to heal the victims. One example is the Center for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation (“Centro de Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación”) in Bogotá. What truly impressed me the most: the people. In spite of all the loss and trauma people are hopeful and confident about the future for themselves and for the country. I know that with my education I can impact the overall quality of life for people in these countries and want to encourage others to experience a delegation like this. Maoqing #GYCColombia |12|2016 Annual Report ”
  • 14. WINE TASTING EVENING Twitter @globalyout hcnct Phone 845-657-3273 Website globalyouthco nnect.org NY NY 10159 1342 Manhattan, 2016 WINE TASTING Global Youth Connect held its first ever Wine Tasting and Giving Party at Taste Wine Company in Manhattan in Fall 2016. Nearly 50 people came out to sample wine and learn more about Global Youth Connect’s mission and vision. “Our goal with this evening was to introduce people to GYC’s mission and vision,” said Jason Torreano, Executive Director. “We raised money - but we also raised awareness and made a few friends in the process.” Attendees had an opportunity to sample more than a dozen wines, snack on appetizers from Trader Joe’s and bid on silent auction items. Over $3,000 was raised to support human rights programs. 50 People $3,000 Raised 2016 Annual Report |09|
  • 15. Board listing Nestor Hugo Solari, Creation Investments, Chair Lisa D’Annunzio, Esq. Vice Chair Caroline Nguyen, Esq. NYC Economic Development. Corp. Secretary Gietha Murugiah, Developing World Markets, Treasurer Daniel Burnside, Morningstar, Fundraising Chair Neha Raval, New York Women’s Foundation, Member Dechen Albero, The New School, Member Dr. Lynette Nickleberry, SUNY Empire State College, Member Aissatou Diallo, Member Vikram Rastogi, Department of Homeland Security, Member Joyce Kasee-Mills, US Institute of Peace, Member globalyouthconnect.org @globalyouthcnct 2016 Annual Report |13| Global Youth Connect GYC
  • 17. YES!globalyouthconnect.org @globalyouthcnct Name on card: Card number: Security code: Expiration date: / Address associated with card: Mailed to: Global Youth Connect, PO Box 1342, NY, NY 10159. Contributions can also be made at globalyouthconnect.org. Iwish to promote human rights around the world. I will make a gift of to Global Youth Connect. Check is enclosed. Credit card details are below: Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover To: Global Youth Connection From: Date: 2016 Annual Report |15| Checks should be made payable to “Global Youth Connect”. Global Youth Connect GYC