A 3-day online convening by young people for young people around the central question:

connect and learn with and from one another as education activists.

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2nd edition:
Jan 21-23, 2022
HOW will young people design the future of education?

In the first iteration of YouthxYouth's annual learning festival, we gathered around the question "What if young people designed the future of education?" and came to the strong conclusion that if education systems are to transform, young people should be leading the way.
In our second edition, we shifted from WHAT IF to HOW will young people design the future of education? We deepened our understanding of what are the concrete steps we can take, individually and collectively, to enable the transformation of learning and education.
Through this convening, we are building a youth-led intergenerational global community of education activists working to influence and transform learning and education.

Learning Festival 2022

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped organize. Enjoy the summary video of the festival!

Visual Harvest of YxY Learning Festival 2022

Thank you to Mona for creating this beautiful visual presentation of the key take aways from the Learning Festival.
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Want to learn more?

Check out our compilation of learning resources coming out of the 2022 YxY Learning Festival.
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6 types of sessions

Cafe

Youth-only discussion space
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Campfires

Youth activists (or intergenerational teams) sharing their stories & activist lessons
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Showcase

YxY activists showcasing their projects coming out of the Global Action Circle 5-month peer-learning journey
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Lab

Education organizations collaborating with young people
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Activist Classroom

Workshop or lesson on how to be an effective activist
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Community Garden

Spaces to plant seeds for connection, co-creation & collaboration as well as a space to play and radically reimagine in community
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Co-Hosted By

Antoine Beland
Antoine Beland
Ally Café Host
Antoine is an educator that dreams of a world where all kids can grow up in caring communities that nurture their full person and potential. He joined YxY in January 2021 because he believes young people must be at the center of building such a world. And he just started his dream job as assistant director of a summer camp near Montréal, Canada, where he will be working every day to make that a reality!
Success Yole Areeveso
Success Yole Areeveso
Success is a Social Entrepreneur with active experience working on various social impact projects covering education, food security, skill acquisition, advocacy campaigns, and youth empowerment. She is a 4th year Education Chemistry Student at the University of Benin who is passionate about solving educational problems in underserved communities. As a volunteer and a member of the fundraising team at Slum 2 school Africa, where she helps to raise funds with innovative fundraising strategies to help send children from the slums back to school. Success is the co-founder of Church on the street where she is engaged in organizing projects to ensure every child from under-served communities can have access to nutritious warm meals and quality education. She is enthusiastic about learning and helping people become better versions of themselves.
Angshula Anondi Khan
Angshula Anondi Khan
Angshula is a 19 years old student with a fiery passion to bring change in the education system. She's passionate about art, music, and writing. She hopes to be able to support everyone around her wherever she goes.
Devansh Chaudhary
Devansh Chaudhary
Devansh is a researchpreneur and loves exploring the intersection of Computation and Sustainability. He actively indulge with volunteers from his startup, ACTION, and his YxY Action Circle to find global solutions to Emissions Crisis. Besides, He is an avid trekker and enjoy paddling down the mountain early in the morning.
Mayssa Rezgui
Mayssa Rezgui
Mayssa is a Tunisian business student, peer trainer and social activist since 2016. Her main focus is to work on bringing an effective change into the lives of learners in her country. That is why she has been a youth advocator for a better quality education gathering both international and national skills and knowledge together to form a completed and realistic vision.She believes that education is a crucial tool for a better future, one that assembles the hopes of all future generations.
Joshua Buenviaje
Joshua Buenviaje
Josh is a 17 year old student at High Tech High, a project based learning school in California. He has a strong passion for learning about progressive and alternate forms of education, and the work that they've done with YouthxYouth has only allowed them to grow more as an educational activist. When he's not working in youth activism, you can find him at his favorite boba spots in San Diego, thrift shopping, and playing piano!
Olatomiwa Isaac Olusesi
Olatomiwa Isaac Olusesi
Olatomiwa is a christian and a development practitioner. With over four years of leadership experience in the humanitarian and development spaces, he has worked with multiple local, regional and global organizations in designing and implementing social impact programs. Previously, he worked to recruit, inspire and mentor young people to start change-making projects across the 54 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also works to spark collective actions by youths all over the world in designing the future of learning. When he's not working, he enjoys trying out new recipes and visiting new places.
Oda Holzknecht
Oda Holzknecht
Oda is a 15 year old student of a traditional grammar school (founded in 1528) in Bavaria/Germany. She believes that many of the traditional teaching methods are outdated and there is an urgent need for a significant change. As a member of international projects like Inspired Youth Summit, Global Talent Mentoring, CyberMentor and World Hope Project she stands up for modern teaching and learning worldwide, to the benefit of everyone in the third millennium.
Grace Oreva Areeveso
Grace Oreva Areeveso
is an educator with experience in working with schools and various non governmental organisations in providing access to quality education for children in marginalised environments. She is currently working as a special-needs educator. She believes that as a community,we can help children with both intellectual and physical disabilities lead a better life. She is an ambassador of Theirworld and World Literacy Foundation 2020.
Ron Berlinski
Ron Berlinski
Ron is a magician, photographer, video creator, web developer, a bit of a programmer, likes the devil sticks, diabolo, and the yoyo (but wasn't in a circus). He taught himself these skills based on the simple drive of curiosity, learning for the sake of learning because it was fun! The education system took this fun out of learning for him, and he found out that he wasn't alone in that. He's now here to help make a change.
Estefania Cardona Forero
Estefania Cardona Forero
Estefanía is an out-the-box thinker. She is eighteen years old and is currently a senior in high school. She is an innovative person, who believes in the practice of Co-elevation, within teams, to rise for a challenge.
Gbolabo Femi-Jolayemi
Gbolabo Femi-Jolayemi
Gbolabo is a young changemaker, an educator and social impact strategist committed to shaping the world by adopting innovative design response to global challenges and using alternative models to tackle problems whilst leveraging on technology. Currently serving as a Lagos State (Nigeria) Youth Ambassador, his core interests lie in Pan-African Development, Human Capital Development, Social Innovation and Project Management. With 5 years of experience in volunteering and active citizenship participation across several capacities locally and globally where he deployed skills in leadership, adminstration, strategy, communication, mentoring, digital marketing, community engagement and project design.
Kojo Aurelien
Kojo Aurelien
Kojo is a student at the University of Connecticut. He believes that student empowerment and advocacy are the bedrock for transformative change in education and the world. He is working to make sure that all youth know that their ideas and experiences are powerful, understand how to advocate for themselves, and have their voices embraced at school.
Etim-Etim Akpan
Etim-Etim Akpan
Etim-Etim Bassey Akpan is a teacher-leader and a fellow at Teach for Nigeria. He's the Founder of "The Gents' Court". He loves to volunteer, travel and connect with people.
Shriya Vaidya
Shriya Vaidya
Shriya works as an Associate, Curriculum and Program at Slam Out Loud. She has recently completed her Masters in Applied Psychology from TISS, Mumbai. Before that, she worked with Teach for India as a fellow, which sparked her interest in the intersecting fields of education and mental health. Her vision is to be able to design an inclusive, diverse and culturally relevant curriculum that integrates mental health and education.
Praja Tickoo
Praja Tickoo
Praja Tickoo, a 16-year-old student, has spent the last four years learning Design Thinking. In the summer of 2019, as part of a design thinking program, he participated in a collaborative effort to design a better ankle brace for a multiple sclerosis patient. This experience revealed to him the power that young people have to reshape their world, while reinforcing his conviction that problems can only be solved by questioning assumptions and involving those directly affected. Praja has taken multiple courses in design thinking associated with institutions such as IDEO, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Additionally, he is the founder of Impact The Future, an organization aimed at teaching the process of design thinking to middle and high school students. He continues to work through Impact The Future to empower students to break down their assumptions of society, develop their skills of critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and work to have an impact on the world.
Mahi Thakur
Mahi Thakur
Mahi Thakur is a 21 year old girl from India. Disillusioned with the education system that's promises to provide solutions to the world problems but is only pushing toward the edge of the cliff, she walked out of that system.
Chebijira Esther
Chebijira Esther
Esther is a 25 year old education activist from Uganda. She was named by Daily Monitor, as one of the three teachers doing tremendous work in Education in the whole country in 2020. She teaches the English language in a rural primary school and trains learners with hands on skills and holistic learning.
Sumaiya Binte Imad
Sumaiya Binte Imad
Sumaiya is currently a senior in high school. She is a published author, a women in business, and passionate about creating a world where education is accessible to all. Recently, she worked with the education ministry of Bangladesh to pass a new bill enabling free secondary education to low-socioeconomic group students in the country. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching Netflix and baking!

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