YRE Alumni - Inspiring youth leaders
Our YRE Alumni are a group of inspiring individuals who have showed a particular interest and engagement in the YRE programme. Some have represented YRE at international conferences, some are assisting their YRE National Operators, some have won a first place prize in the International YRE Competition. Common to all of them is that they are local youth leaders who are raising their voices concerning environmental issues.
UNESCO Youth Forum / YRE mission 2018
In March 2018, we gathered 42 YRE alumni from 24 countries around the world to participate in a three-day workshop focused on Education for Sustainable Development. The event was a joint initiative between UNESCO and Foundation for Environmental Education.
List of YRE Alumni
I am 19 years old and I live in the Eastern part of Slovakia. I am a student in my last year of high school and I am planning on studying journalism. I have been in the YRE program for 6 years. I participated in international YRE workshop in Sweden, in Portugal and the last amazing experience was the International climate conference COP23 in Germany. I started to work like a reporter on our local television. Sometimes I write articles on environmental issues.
Aian Binlayo, Canada
I had the privilege of attending the YRE Litter Less mission in Portugal in 2014. I recently graduated in Environmental Science and Public Policy. I currently work with a national NGO developing some of Canada's first set of educational resources focused on carbon pricing. I am also developing a mobile application called Carbonbase which allows you to automatically track the carbon emissions from your everyday life.
I am an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia studying nutrition within the context of food security and environmental sustainability. I first participated in the YRE program in 2015 with an article on my school's waste management solutions. Thanks to YRE, I most recently had the opportunity to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference as a young journalist last November 2017.
My name is Anastasia and I live in Athens. I am a Phd Candidate in International Law and Environmental Governance at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. I used to work as a journalist. I am a SDG enthusiast, thus, I believe that they are a breakthrough on how people around the world, can understand the concept of sustainable development. I have created an awareness campaign #Citizens4GlobalGoals for Organization Earth, a Greek NGO, after my participation at COP21 in Paris. Since 2016 I am a researcher at European Center of Environmental Research and Training in the field of 2030 Agenda.
I am a 24 years-old French student at the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, a school of journalism based in Paris. I got graduated from a Bachelor in law and I lived in Mexico for a year thanks to a student exchange program. There I have been an intern in a local TV and in a newspaper. I am willing to work as a correspondent in Latin America and I am quite interested in this region, politics and sustainable issues.
I have been pursuing my studies at the National University of Mongolia, writing my thesis on ecological education and I want to write my PhD in the field of education for sustainable development. My passion is to increase awareness among secondary school students towards low carbon emission lifestyle. This is the reason why I want to become a part of the YRE in Mongolia. YRE have a responsibility to youth by not just informing them, but also giving them a chance to talk about real issues that affect them about sustainability.
In 2012, I was able to go to Copenhagen to collaborate with other youth on environmental efforts and in 2014, I attended the conference in Nagoya Japan on ESD as a Young Reporter for the Environment. Looking forward to digging deeper into this community.
Physics Teacher, trainer and volunteer
I have worked as a trainer and a volunteer in Golden Orange Youth Club since 2015 in Turkey. GOYC works using non-formal education methods in youth projects on environmental and social issues.
Quality, Safety and Environment Technician
I am 34 years old and I live with my husband and daugther in a quiet village near Lisbon. I studied Environment and Health and my career has developed in the environment/safety construction area. I have made a post-graduation in Sustainable Management two years ago.
I am a young professional working in business and social organizations. Throughout my work in different organizations, I emphasize the importance of youth participation in decision making processes connected to global agendas and its implementation on local, national and international level. My engagement in YRE program started while I was in high school. In 2013 we won the national YRE contest in the category "Young reporters stories".
I am Toronto-based designer who enjoys using digital media to create graphic images. I am currently a third year student, working my way towards a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. The incredible opportunities given as an YRE Alumni has inspired me to continue to advocate sustainability through my work.
I am a Global Youth Power leader working under the #YouthPower campaign initiated by Restless Development, a Youth-led organization based in UK to empower young people to make leaders accountable to the SDGs. I am a film maker who produce videos for advocacy purposes to engage young people on different issues. I am currently serving on YRE Ghana youth board as the social media and communication officer.
I have always loved writing. One evening, I was looking through the Young Scot website and found a competition whereby it was to write a report on an environmental issue. I decided to write about air pollution. I was chosen as the winner for the competition - The Young Reporters Scotland award for the Year of Young People 2018.
I am deeply concerned about environmental issues and have an unbridled passion for the sea and the life that there exists. The adventure as a YRE began in 2011 when a teacher of mine introduced me to the programme. At first, I was taken aback since I had never dreamt to be a journalist, though my love for the environment and nature made me become interested in discovering the project. Since then I have participated in several missions, seminars, contests, workshops, and conferences, and I am eager to continue to be a part of it since it has just got me fond memories, loads of good friends, knowledge and the opportunity to develop new skills.
I am from Rotorua, New Zealand. I am a first year University of Waikato student. While I was in high school at John Paul College in Rotorua I was involved in many environmentally focused sustainability projects including YRE, winning the 2016 NZ YRE film competition in the 15-18 year old category through Keep New Zealand Beautiful.
I was first introduced to photography during secondary 2 when my teacher was looking for a photographer for a school event. It was from that day onward I was involved in more events and from there I was able to improve my skill in photography. I was privileged to be able to part of the photography team for the eco conference. I was also introduced to WWF during one of the workshops that ITE and my lecturers were conducting. That in turn opened my eyes to another world.
The first time I had participated in a YRE programme, it was back in 2014 when I had been given the opportunity to join the Litter Less mission in Sweden. During my stay, I realized that through team work, individuals, like me, could make a difference they didn’t imagine they had the potential to. I am currently in my last year of University in the program of Zoology, pursuing a career that combines my greatest passions - education, conservation and wildlife.
In 2016, I embarked on a 10-week expedition volunteering with Raleigh International in Borneo, Malaysia. Whilst abroad I worked on local sustainable development projects. I also witnessed the effects of deforestation from the palm oil industry and illegal logging. This firsthand experience has heightened my awareness of the importance of creating a more sustainable future.
I am a freshly graduated 27 years old journalist from France. I have worked as a intern-reporter in China, the USA, Cambodia and India, which grew my interest for international and environmental issues. Last year, I won one of the French YRE award for my report on sustainable scuba diving in Marseille, and I was really thrilled about it!
I am a student at the University of Toronto in Canada studying Economics. I have been involved with many different environmental and leadership initiatives since high school and I enjoy learning about sustainability and various environmental initiatives. In 2014, I was given the opportunity to travel to Sweden to participate in an international YRE workshop and learn more about the environment in a global perspective alongside other youth reporters and journalists.
I am currently in my second year at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, part of the University of Lisbon. I have been enrolled in the YRE programme for 5 years so far, and I have taken part in two national missions in Portugal and three abroad. In November 2017, I was selected to represent YRE at COP23.
I'm a Basque girl living in Portugal since 2012. I studied environmental sciences at the University of the Basque Country, and Master degree in Ecology and Territory at the University of Porto. I did an investigation with plants in the herbarium of Vila Real and worked in a company of environmental impact assessment. Recently concerned about waste issues, I'm very interested in the Zero Waste movement. The YRE Youth Forum in 2018 was my first experience with YRE.
I decided to be a journalist because I think that social media has the greatest impact on people. So, I could use my voice to make good changes. Those changes also include bigger ecological awareness and implementing sustainable development in my country. Right now, I am writing for one of Serbias newspapers and my goal so far is to introduce and expand the importance of environmental and ecological state in our country.
After graduating in Journalism, I started to work in environmental protection as an intern at ABAE in 2011. I did my Master's thesis on environment NGOs. During my internship I participated in my first YRE mission. Being a journalism student, I feel it is crucial to teach and learn about the value of their role in a society in which environmental awareness is increasingly important. Nowadays, I am part of the communication team at ABAE, which allows me to be aware of the progress of environmental awareness in Portugal.
I completed my Communication degree at the University of Lisbon and I intend to do a Master’s degree in environmental journalism with the purpose of promoting eco-citizenship through my work. I exchanged feedback and experiences with talented minds and passionate hearts at the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017, in San Francisco. I was one of the 22 journalism students at the WCSJ on a travel fellowship and had the opportunity to be part of an incredible multicultural student newsroom and to learn from scientists and science writers alike.
When I started with the articles and photos for YRE, I was only 15 and it helped me discover what I like to do and what I am good at. Now, photography and writing are not only my passions: I work using them. YRE has been an opportunity to see myself in another way and this brought me more confidence and helped me to be more open.
22 years old French girl, studying journalism. I was born in Paris but I feel more like a girl from the world, who loves playing with clichés, and keeps an open mind. The YRE Youth Forum in Portugal was my first expereince with YRE.
21 year old who loves to read and watch movies! YRE has been a part of my life since 2012. Best YRE experience was in Sweden 2014. YRE has made me a more environmentally conscious individual with a lot more international friends than I would have ever imagined!
With my great co-creator Martins Seleckis we have won one of the YRE ''Litter Less'' video competitions a couple years ago. I also went to a conference on ESD in Japan in 2015 and a YRE mission in Portugal...both incredible and unforgettable experiences. All in all, I have met the most amazing people and it has been a kickstart to my international career as now I am an international student in Denmark.
PR & Marketing Manager
I am a storyteller, born in Kotor (Montenegro) in 1990. I claim that everything is about the words and the way you treat them. I worked as a journalist/editor/TV host for several years and then turned to hospitality industry. While being a high-school student, I won the national YRE competition.
I am an open minded young individual, constantly looking for opportunities to make a positive change - YRE has been one of those opportunities. I have been making videos about environmental issues since 2012 and have participated in YRE workshop in Cascais, Portugal 2014.
Matej Majerský, Slovakia
I am 18 years old and currently I am studying at secondary school of printing and publishing as graphic designer. My dream is to make films. Also I love YRE program and I am proud of the fact that I can be part of this program. Last year I was on YRE mission in Portugal which was great. I expect to meet great new people and get some new knowledge.
Stefan Mitrov, Macedonia
I am the president of iNovum, a non government organization for development the IT technology in Macedonia. I am also an instructor of 3D and game design.
From the conference, I hope to connect with more people, learn how to have more influence over our society because of my position as education center and instructor.
Nina Milinkovic, Slovenia
I am 21 years old and I am from Škofja Loka, where I study at the Faculty for Organizational Sciences. From a young age I have felt a deep connection with the environment so in middle school my passion led me to pursue different projects like responsible food handling and usage of local food, waste separation and recycling. My faculty gave me the opportunity to be a part of the YRE.
I hope I can improve my communication skills, broaden my horizons in the field of leadership and networking. I also yearn for the opportunity to meet new people, so we can make global connections and possibly cooperate in global projects in the future. As a first time participant I have positive expectations for this project and I am honored to be chosen as Slovenia's first representative.
Yutong Feng, China
I am a junior of School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University. Participating in YRE with my schoolmates initiated me into environmental preservation. We were divided into teams and took turns removing white pollutants from the coast on weekends. In addition, we wrote reports about coastal environmental situation to arouse local residents’ awareness about the ripple effects of seaside contamination. Recently, I have become a volunteer of Nanjing River Protection environmental program. Besides volunteer work, as an undergraduate student, I have my own academic interest in environmental communication. Furthermore, as a teaching assistant of Cornell Civic Ecology Lab's Environmental Education courses, I have always been searching for new pathways of digital skills for global environmental communication and fostering citizens' pro-environmental behaviours.
Saga Oskarson Kindstrand, Sweden
I have been involved in many organizations and campaigns around environmental and humanitarian issues and have become confident in my ability to contribute productively to advocacy around complex issues. I was invited to be a part of the YRE-jury in Sweden last year. It was an honor and through that mission I got to know all about YRE. I have high hopes that this conference will give me the tools I need for future writing and will teach me the steps I need to take to reach my goals. I also hope to meet likeminded people from around the world to share their experiences and insights around the subject.
Samantha Dorfan, USA
I am a Senior in high school at the San Diego Jewish Academy and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After living in a minimally environmentally conscious place, I seek not only to inspire others to love the earth as much as I do, but to give that which cannot talk a voice. I am a member of the Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council, which inspired me to become the founder and president of the Eco Club at my school. I don’t have any prior experience with YRE but am so excited to get involved!
At the YRE conference, I expect to network with other people who are as passionate as I am about journalism and the environment. I plan to learn both from these conference attendees and from the speakers in order to become a more adept journalist and advocate for the environment.
Sara Luciana da Silva Cascais, Portugal
I have been a Young Reporter for the Environment for four years and I can see this experience as a way to learn but also to share knowledge, to enrich ourselves and to build the feeling of being responsible for something that belongs to everyone: the Planet Earth. I had the opportunity to make part of several YRE missions and workshops.
My expectations are really high as I feel that it will be a perfect moment to share ideas, to learn and to improve the way we practice our social and environmental responsabilities. Together as a group we can start an action, develop a plan and make the future of tomorrow a more sustainable one.
Tal Maymon, Israel
I come from Israel and i am 20 years old. Since third grade I am part of the youth movement "Maccabi tzahir" where I worked with at risk students and I was instructor team coordinator for the branch in the city. In high school I studied ecology and I participated in the YRE competition in 2015, I won the first place in Israel and the third in the world. As a result of my winning I participated in a workshop of YRE in Portugal. Today I am a soldier in the Israeli forces at the Education Corps, which deals with environmental issues and education. I expect the conference to be interesting, modernistic and exciting. I hope that every day would be used to the end and that every day would end with a smile and a sense of satisfaction.
Teodora Saulea, Romania
I am 22 years old and I am a law student in Cluj - Napoca, Romania. I would describe myself as an open-minded person before anything else. I always find myself looking for opportunities to learn not only about myself and other people, but also about the world. In 2013 my article for the Litter Less Campaign and won the first place in the 15-18 age category In 2014 I participated at the International Workshop for Litter Less winners which took place in Sweden.
I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity! I want to find out more about the development in the field of environmental protection. I would also be very happy to see that interest in the environment has increased.
Vinh Le, Canada
Creative Director & Environmental Designer
I am the Creative Director & Partner at Level Studio Inc., an Interior Design firm in Toronto. I can proudly say that I am a creative designer who wears multiple hats having a keen interest and passion for interior design, urban planning and creating environmentally friendly spaces. Being a YRE Alumni has been an important catalyst that inspires my passion for sustainable methodologies that shape my vision for an environmentally friendly world.
My expectation in this conference is to learn what the prosperous countries are doing to help solve climate change and practice their own environmental initiatives. I hope to meet many others like-minded individuals to seek knowledge and create an international network of eco-friends.
Wesley Poh, Singapore
I will be attending law school this year. Understanding the framework that undergirds our society brings me one step closer to knowing how to bring about the environmentally sustainable change I want to see in the world! Some topics that I am especially passionate about include ethical consumerism, global environmental justice and the creation of sustainable communities through smart urban planning. I would really love to connect with like-minded individuals at the conference, using our different backgrounds and experiences to empower and learn from one another. Finally, I am excited to find out more about what experts think our environmentally sustainable future is going to be like, and what we can and must do to reach that goal.