Digital Summit

Mainstreaming Youth – The good, the best, and the ugly

Date:12 December 2017
Time:13:00 - CET (Use this tool to convert to your local time zone)

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Youth. They are the next generation of leaders — but what does that mean for us right now?

What are the advantages and practical challenges to engaging youth through targeted programs?

Youth mainstreaming is the strategic tool and strategy for effective youth development. Mainstreaming requires a comprehensive approach that can often be difficult to implement.

In this Digital Summit, we’re taking the rose-colored glasses off and taking a hard look at what it takes to operationalize youth integration. We’re bringing together leaders from both youth and professional organizations to discuss different perspectives, initiatives, and challenges. This conversation will describe shining examples and opportunities for young people while sharing the most common pitfalls when devising your own program to include youth.

We’re sharing best practices to be easily implemented in multiple scenarios and at different levels.

Whether you are a young person looking for your next opportunity or part of an organization seeking to learn more about youth programs, this Digital Summit will tell you both where to start and what to avoid.

If you have been a part of a great (or bad) youth program, please share your stories and experiences online with us before Dec 12th by using #GLFYouthConvo.

Our Speakers

Maria Paula Sarigumba

Maria Paula Sarigumba is a young Filipina forester who is passionate about rural development and youth involvement in natural resources management. At present, she is based in Bangkok, Thailand working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Part of her work is to support the mainstreaming of youth in sustainable development through agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Paula graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Baños where she focused on forestry education, social forestry, and forest governance. Amongst other things, she coordinates the Philippine case for the global study on the future of forest work and communities.

Ejeguo Ogheneovo

Ejeguo Ogheneovo is 28 years old and possesses a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science. He was one time the pioneer president of Nigerian Youths Against Climate Change, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus between 2012- 2014. He later assumed the office of the Country Coordinator of Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network, Nigeria in October, 2014 and occupies the office till date. Ogheneovo is a young passionate entrepreneur in the field of agriculture with several civic engagements. With the overwhelming challenges faced by African countries, Ogheneovo is devoted to working with youths from all spheres. He believes that the innovative and creative abilities of the youth are the strength and hope for a better Africa and the world we want.

Daniel Boehnke

Daniel Boehnke is a South African forestry graduate and Junior Professional Officer at the IUFRO Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. He is the Coordinator of the IUFRO-EFI Young Scientists Initiative and serves as the Secretary of the IUFRO-EFI Review Committee.

Uwase Hirwa Honorine

Miss Popularity Rwanda 2017; UWASE HIRWA Honorine; recently titled Miss Earth Rwanda 2017, is a public / motivational speaker, passionate in empowering and learning with the youth to do right! She has worked with Youth Impact Mission (YIM) to equip the youth with leadership skills, Red Cross - Rwanda for humanitarian services, Peace and Love Pro-claimers (PLP) and Aegis Trust to promote forgiveness and reconciliation, Government institutions such as NCC to promote children's rights, Africa Improved Food (AIF) to promote nutrition and now partnering with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an FLR Ambassador (Forest and landscape Restoration) to run and coordinate national campaigns whose primarily aim is to raise awareness on sustainable management of our forests to private sectors, public institutions and specially to the youth.

Courtney Paisley

Courtney Paisley is the director of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), a global youth network enhancing the inclusion and engagement of youth in the agricultural sector. Courtney’s educational background is in natural resource management with an emphasis on international programmes. She has previously worked for SolarAid, IOM, Oxfam and the CGIAR in Kenya and Tanzania.


Salina Abraham

Salina Abraham is a forester, economist, and passionate advocate for youth involvement in solutions for landscape challenges. Salina is the current President of the International Forestry Students’ Association as well as the Youth Coordinator at the Global Landscapes Forum. She also is a co-coordinator to the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, a partnership and capacity building program led by youth organizations and young people across agriculture, ecology, and forestry.Salina has served as the focal point to the UN Forum on Forest for the Major Group Children and Youth and continues to lead delegations and deliver statements across international fora. Her academic research has taken her back to Eritrea, her country of origin, where she investigated the impact of corporate social responsibility programs on land rehabilitation and rural women’s livelihoods. Salina is passionate about tapping into commonalities across youth leaders to propel a stronger and more inclusive change.

Khalil Walji

Khalil Walji, holds an MSC from the University of British Columbia, a recent graduate, he is currently an Intern at FAO HQ based in Rome, Italy, working with the Social Forestry team with a focus on Forestry Education. He has been a member of IFSA since 2014, and is generally interested in Forest & Soil conservation, education and outreach of science.


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About GLF Digital Summits

Attendance to our Digital Summits is open to all. GLF partners as well as other nonprofit organisations or individuals working in the area of forestry, sustainable development, agriculture, ecosystems, public health and design are especially encouraged to register.

Our summits are attended a wide variety of landscapes practitioners: there is no barrier for entry beyond a passion for solving complex problems!

We do not ask for a participation fee, but we like all participants to actively engage into the online discussion during the digital summit.

The summits are moderated via BlueJeans, an online tool running within any internet browser. It only requires participants to have a good and reliable Internet connection and a computer/tablet running any browser.