“Waiting for change to happen is not an option for the new generation”

Columbus, Ohio, March 17, 2017 - The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) will be hosting the international roundtable “Discovering the Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in Latin America” at the 11th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) at the Ohio State University. This year’s theme focuses on Tools for Preparing the Change Leaders of the Future: Social Enterprise, Innovation and Education. The session will take place on Friday March 17th, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Hagerty Hall 062.


On this ocassion, YABT gathered three expert voices from the Americas and will be featuring Yadira Soto, Senior Advisor at the Office of the Assistant Secretary General at the Organization of American States; Cecilia Chapiro, Co-Founder Yunus& Youth and TereGonzálezGarcía, Co-Founder of Liter of Light Mexico and Program Officer at YABT. Together, they will explore the impact of social entrepreneurs in Latin America and the tools that education provides towards empowering new innovative leaders to advance sustainable development.


This roundtable discussion will allow attendees to share experiences about social entrepreneurship and its intersections with conflict resolution and education. In words of Yadira Soto: “Young people has already realized that positive change is imperative and that a new model for development needs to be addressed. Waiting for change to happen is not an option for the new generation and they have accepted the responsibility to lead, create and solve. Facilitating the right skills to shape accountable leaders is the challenge for educators and a key asset to bolster a conflict resolution mindset that permeates into policy making.”

 

Each one of the speakers brings to the panel a rich perspective of specific issues from our region. In the case of Yunus & Youth, Cecilia Chapiro will be able to showcase a validated peer-to-peer model to support young social entrepreneurs in their endeavor to achieve positive change. She will also provide concrete examples ofyoung change-makers from different parts of the world. In the case of Liter of Light, Teresa González will share with participants how a proven model with simple technology can be replicated globally to support marginalized communities to access light through the use of solar power and recycled plastic bottles. Her experience as a United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals will spark conversation on the link between social entrepreneurship with the SDGs.

With these real life practices, the audience will be able to understand the impact of education in enabling young social entrepreneurs and realize that they can also be agents of change. YABT’s doors will remain open to support attendees following up this roundtable through the wide variety of programs that the organization offers. For more information visit www.yabt.net

To learn more about the conference visit: www.u.osu.edu/cre2017

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About the Young Americas Business Trust

The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a non-profit international organization, founded in 1999, which works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT supports the objectives of OAS and the mandates of the Summit of the Americas to develop and execute programs and activities that promote the entrepreneurship spirit and leadership of youth in the Americas, fighting against poverty and creating more opportunities for young people.