Today’s guest blogger is Annie Kessler, School Partnerships Director at City Year New York. Annie is an alumna of the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 New York corps. This week she is representing City Year New York and Alcoa at the One Young World Summit. You can learn more about the conference here.
This morning, I am excited to be wearing my red jacket in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania representing City Year New York and the Alcoa Foundation at the third annual One Young World Summit. From Today until Monday, I will learn, debate and problem solve with 1,500 young leaders from 190 countries about some of the most pressing challenges in the 21st century. Each day will include large group plenary sessions to learn about issues ranging from education to health to business ethics. There will also be opportunities to discuss, debate and action plan in smaller groups with the other delegates.
On Friday and Saturday, I will also have the chance to learn about these issues and potential solutions by exploring Pittsburgh. On Friday, I am attending a session that will take us to a school that has a student sustained garden growing much of the fresh food used to make the school meals. I am extremely excited to learn about this and bring ideas back to my work in New York, specifically in the South Bronx, where education and access to fresh, healthy food is a huge challenge and can have an impact on student’s ability to regularly attend school and be healthy and focused while in class.
I’m extremely excited to be representing City Year New York and Alcoa at this conference. Members of Alcoa have played a role in planning this conference in Pittsburgh since it is home to their operational headquarters. I’ve been able to work with Alcoa throughout my 7 years at City Year and I’m excited to get to know and learn with their 10 employees in attendance as well as the 5 other NGO representatives attending the conference through Alcoa as well.