Below is just a small sample of GYC alumni activity over the past few years.
- Aloys Ntezimana served as one of the UN Youth Representatives for Rwanda in NYC
- Laura Heaton, already blogging for Enough from Nairobi, had pieces published in Newsweek on South Sudan and Somalia, as well as DR Congo in Foreign Policy
- Tyler Branscome enrolled in George Mason
University’s Conflict Resolution Program
- Ajla Delkic assumed the role of Executive Director of the Advisory Council for Bosnia & Herzegovina, Washington, D.C.
- Venezuela Alum Amarilys Estrella took on role of Program Officer for DR/Haiti at AJWS
- Amy Lambe ran the John Humphrey Center’s Ignite Change Now Global Youth Assembly
- Rose Tuyishime and Zawadi Umuhoza served as Rwandan youth delegates to the UN
Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Doha, Qatar
- Rebecca Davis opened offices in Guinea, Bosnia, and Rwanda for her dance for peace-building programs
- Cassien Havugimana and Aflodis Kagaba spearheaded campaigns in Rwanda to decriminalize certain forms of abortion
- Kaitlyn Allen founded Global Affairs Associates, consulting in international fields including human rights, conflict resolution, foreign policy, with clients such as the Institute for Sustainable Peace.
- Samantha Williams was elected to GYC Board of Directors
- Gina Vorderstrasse was hired by USAID to work on conflict resolution in East Africa (Kenyan Elections and South Sudan Refugee Crisis)
- Semir Hasedzic enrolled in Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution Master’s Program
- Simba Calliope was named Program Director of LIPRODHOR in Rwanda; and then MIBILIZI Hospital Director, Cyangugu District, Rwanda
- Jean Claude Rwibasira expands INARA Legal Aid Services (INALAS) and INALAS becomes GYC’s lead Rwandan partner organization
- Kanal Khiev taught "Arts for Human Rights" workshops in Cambodia and Thailand
- Melissa Martelly completed two years of work in Rwanda at the Ngoma Health Center
- James Dineen started Peace Corps in Rwanda
- Aloys Ntezimana founded the Global Campaign Against Youth Unemployment
- Davina Finn served as GYC Rwanda Program Assistant and spoke on Queens University Panel on Rwandan Genocide and Human Rights
- Rose Tuyishime completed a B.A. in Development Studies and was hired to run the Act to Tell Drama group for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (CHABHA.org)
- Innocent Ndayishimiye served as GYC Program assistant; created video for GYC & CHABHA
- Rebecca Davis was named MSNBC Footsoldier for her work on Children’s Rights in Rwanda through ballet
- Cassien Havugimana and Aflodis Kagaba (of Health Development Initiative) spearheaded campaigns in Rwanda to build the capacity of LGBTI organizations
Carter is currently working as the project director of @Rights for all - RIFA which is an organization working with the health, protection and rights of LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) and Sexworker individuals. He has a degree in accounting from Inilak (Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali) in Rwanda. In 2009, he was involved in the successful fight against an amendment (217) to the Penal Code in Rwanda, an amendment which would have criminalized homosexuality in Rwanda. He has been the keynote speaker at two International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - the Global page(IDAHO), at the U.S. and Swedish Embassies. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career combining both his accounting skills and his passion for human rights issues in developing countries.
Ameed is a 3rd year student at New York University Abu Dhabi. After having graduated from UWC Atlantic College in Wales, Ameed joined GYC's first Human Rights in the USA program in NYC in 2012, where he volunteered at The Floating Hospital and wrote for youthpolicy.org on the limitations of the US healthcare system. As an NYU Abu Dhabi student, Ameed took part in public healthcare visits to hospitals in the UAE and Ethiopia and participated in other academic programs in Shanghai, Florence and New York. Committed to peace building, Ameed also served as a camp leader at both Seeds of Peace summer camp in Palestine and Project Common Bond in Pennsylvania. Today, Ameed is interested in advancing human rights through science and technology. He is currently involved in cutting-edge nanoparticles research to enhance the treatment of Hepatitis C virus infection, and is also planning a STEM promoting start-up in his native Palestine. This summer he was selected for a summer research internship at Harvard University.
Marie is on the faculty at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she teaches classes on gender and human rights, development, and comparative genocide. Marie is a graduate from UCLA with a Ph.D. in sociology. Her research looks at the long term impact of war on societies, and specifically at the impact of war on women. Marie’s human rights background has led her to ask critical questions about how international humanitarian aid is used in the aftermath of war and genocide, as well as about how states interfere in both positive and negative ways in programs to empower women after atrocity. Marie is a GYC Rwanda alumna (2007) / staff (2008/9). She served on the GYC Board of Directors of GYC for several years beginning in 2010, including as Board Chair.
After participating in GYC’s Nepal training program back in 2007, Deepak continued as an active and successful human rights advocate, serving as “Youth President” for the 32,000 young members in the organization, Backward Society Education (BASE). Deepak’s efforts gained huge support among the youth in Nepal, which was why he eventually was threatened by the Nepalese Maoist movement. Today, Deepak lives in New York where he is currently looking forward to graduating in International Relations or Diplomacy from Boricua College while still being involved with his local NGO back home in Nepal. Deepak’s current plan vis a vis Nepal is to organize a Youth Constitution Drafting Ceremony to raise awareness regarding the Nepalese government’s past failures in drafting a constitution and pressure them to draft a sustainable version as soon as possible.
Following participation in GYC's Bosnia 2010 and Rwanda 2011 Human Rights Delegations, Kevin graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where his research on the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo produced a peer-reviewed publication. After graduating, he spent over two years in service to his university working as an Admissions Counselor, working with, and advocating for, low-income students of color. On a grant from The Fulbright Program, Kevin recently taught in an under-served, rural, Muslim community in northeast Malaysia, where he applied numerous lessons learned from his GYC programs. Kevin believes that access to quality educational opportunities is fundamental to human rights and development. Presently, he travels full-time in search of opportunities to help best serve others.
ELIZABETH DEARBORN HUGHES
Elizabeth joined Global Youth Connect to study post-conflict reconciliation and human rights advocacy in 2006 and she considers that the experience at GYC was influential in shaping her path towards a career in women’s rights and education. Soon after joining the program, Elizabeth realized that women in Rwanda were trying to support their families but often didn't have the skills or education necessary to find meaningful employment. For that reason, she decided to start Rwanda’s only women's college, the Akilah Institute in 2008 with the purpose to prepare young women for leadership roles and professional careers within the fastest growing sectors of the East African economy. The mission is to create an academic institution that will provide a bridge from education to meaningful employment and to empower young women from low-income communities to launch professional careers and support their families.
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