Youth Time Administrator
The Youth Global Forum 2016 in Jakarta has concluded. Over the course of four days, more than 100 young people from 29 countries were gathered together to come up with interesting solutions for sustainable social development. Seven youth initiatives “battled” for the Forum’s main prize – a realization grant. And the winner was a young, but experienced, social entrepreneur from Russia: Olga Lakhnova, with a project targeted to fight the isolation of elderly people by allowing them to help with educating children. Olga plans to launch a social club in Moscow where local retirees will be able to use their knowledge for good by educating children through one-on-one instruction or in “classes” consisting of small groups. According to Olga, this will help elderly people to fight isolation and will give children the opportunity to obtain additional education for free. In this interview Olga explains the concept behind her winning project.
Mental illnesses and neurological disorders affect every fourth inhabitant of the small South American country of Guyana. Moreover, according to the World Health Organization,this small nation of less than a million people reports the highest sucide rate in the world. One of the project presenters at Youth Time’s Youth Global Forum in Paris, Shinelle Bayrd, decided to raise the general awareness of this problem and promote the possibility of improving the overall physical, mental, spiritual,and emotional wellbeing of people in Guyana. Her project – called the Wellness Center – was awarded the first place and recieved a realization grant. In an interview withYouth Time magazine, she talks more about the difficulties people face in Guyana and her ideas about how she plans to change the situation for the better.