UN Youth Assembly Social Venture Challenge Winners

August 12, 2016

Hi guys,

In my last blog, I talked about how we had a Social Ventures Challenge where we were divided into teams and where asked to develop a new social venture which is both socially beneficial and profitable. I am thrilled to announce that my team won the Best Project Award for our revolutionary Social Venture we proposed in a 5-minute presentation as a part of the Youth Assembly at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

19 groups of approximately 10 people each participated in the competition and there is no denial that there were extraordinary ideas by various groups. With the passion each team held in their presentation, it was challenging and yet amazing to have competed against them and come on top as the winners.

I believe our victory was due to the amazing collaboration and the different skill sets each team member possessed. My team consisted of seven Filipinos, one Nigerian, one American and myself.  Each one of us had a different and unique set of skills and backgrounds that contributed to our project. The mission of our venture was to empower refugees and internally displaced persons through a livelihood program and we had members who were good at video editing, structuring a well-crafted presentations and leading and managing teams. As I have the experience of the people our program is tailored for, my role was to fill the missing link and round up the holistic view of our venture. As I was once a refugee, I understand and know how the real situation is like. It’s not simply something I watched on the media or read from a paper but it is an experience I went through and with all the unique skills sets my team possessed mixed with my experience, we were able to craft and deliver one hell of a presentation which I believe shook the room.

Besides the monetary reward we received for our venture, it was extraordinary to have been a member of a team who turn their passions into actions.

My next blog will be about the Youth Assembly which is being held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where over 1000 international youth delegates are present and I had the opportunity to catch up with the other Aussie delegates. I will be posting photos regularly from my experience at the UN Headquarters on my Instagram. To view the photos or follow me, click here


Fred Duku Silver

Queensland University of Technology