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Charity Spotlight: NEXUS Global Youth Summit


Charity Spotlight: NEXUS Global Youth Summit


(Photo Credit: Nexus)

How would you define a modern world? How would you describe our modern society?
These are questions difficult to answer and every single human being living on this planet will have a different answer.  We are living in the 21st century and what took days or even months a few decades ago is now happens in just a matter of seconds. We use smartphones, computers and tablets on a regular basis and we have unlimited access to the Internet and therefore to the whole world.
If you send an email to your friend far away it only takes a blink of an eye for him to receive and open it. You can buy products from all over the world in your local supermarket and talk to someone thousands of miles away via your mobile phone.Our world becomes more and more connected! Whether it’s in economy and business or in politics and international affairs, you can’t stop the “revolution” of modern technology and communication.
But this process of modernization creates a whole new kind of demands. The young generation has the unique opportunity to grow up with modern technology and is able to take fast communication as granted! The youth has now, from an early age on, access to international relations. Because of that very reason you have to raise awareness of the importance of this issue among youth leaders and teach them how to use it properly, sustainable and for the good of the world. To be successful in this mission the old generation with its experience and different points of view and the young generation have to work together hand in hand and learn from each other. An organization, which is supporting collaboration between the generations, is NEXUS. Based in Washington, DC and founded in 2011, NEXUS is a nonprofit based non-governmental organization focusing primarily on the following goals:

  1. Advance the potential of next generation leadership across nations and sectors.
  2. Inspire young global philanthropy and social investment.
  3. Bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship for dialogue, education, and collaborative problem-solving.

The Nexus Youth Summit at the U.N. headquarter in New York City
(Photo Credit: Nexus – Perry Bindelglass)

In order to reach these goals NEXUS is convening summits and conferences in partnership with the United Nations, governments and non-profit organizations all over the world. NEXUS is trying to advance the potential of next generation leadership across nations as well as to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship for dialogue, education and collaborative problem solving.
Therefore the vision of NEXUS is a clear one: Creating a global youth movement of young change-makers who transform cultures and societies to be more effective, innovative and inclusive.
Nexus’ Youth Summits are an important tool to make their vision come true and currently the organization is holding four Youth Summits on four different continents:
Nexus Europe Youth Summit (London, May 21-23, 2014)
Nexus Singapore Youth Summit (Singapore, July 11-13, 2014)
Nexus Global Youth Summit (New York, July 23-26, 2014)
Nexus Australia Youth Summit (Melbourne, October 26-28, 2014)
They plan to organize additional conferences in Brazil, India, Mexico, Middle East & North Africa, Russia and Thailand.  Their biggest summit is the Nexus Global Youth Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Since Nexus wants to attract as many young people as possible from various cultural, social and ethnical backgrounds the organization offers scholarship and financial aid to participants from developing countries and insecure social backgrounds. Their Youth Summits cover a wide range of different social and economical topics and the applicants have to select their areas of interest when submitting the application. The selection process for their Youth Summits, especially for the Global Youth Summit, is a very competitive one since a lot of young people want to use this unique opportunity to work together with influential leaders in economy, business and the humanitarian sector as well as discuss with them international affairs. During the application process you’re required to write about numerous topics such as passions, wishes, personal offerings, references, short biography and areas of interest. Every application form will be reviewed carefully and the applicant can expect a formal answer within a few weeks.

Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Nexus Youth Summit
(Photo Credit: Nexus – Perry Bindelglass)

NEXUS is an organization created by the youth for the youth and therefore it uses modern websites and social media platforms intensively in order to reach as many young people as possible through the internet. You can find them on Facebook as well as on Twitter and they’re always seeking the personal contact to the young generation so they are more than happy to answer every question and give some more detailed information about their various projects as well as about the organization itself.  As widespread as their work may be there is one thing, which applies in every topic and issue: Human rights! NEXUS tries to reflect economy, business and international relations on human rights and to raise awareness for the importance of this social issue. An international relationship, mutual understanding and collaboration are only possible when based on human rights because only then you can use your work for the good cause. NEXUS tries show young people the influence of human rights on philanthropic relationships in order to help them to find their very own solutions for the different problems in our world. NEXUS tries, with the help of the older generation, to educate young people in order to prepare them for the future of the world because the day will come when it lies in the hand of the young generation!
Maybe a proper definition of our world and a description of our society isn’t that difficult anymore!


In 2008, I launched AskMissA.com which grew from my personal blog into a site with 700 writers, covering the intersection of charity & lifestyle in 20 U.S. cities. With Charity + Life, I am going back to a personal blog where I can share my favorite things, and continue to shine a light on nonprofits, and cause marketing campaigns to inspire others to give as they live.

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