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26 December, 2020

Teenspire Global: Innovative Training for the Next Generation

 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, new ideas are springing up around the globe to help marginalized communities. Teenspire Global Mission is a new model with innovative ways young people can make a difference.

Looking back, there are many sad stories from 2020. Nevertheless, there are also many bright lights that have emerged that bring more hope for 2021 and beyond.

One example is a new nonprofit group that launched this summer called Teenspire Global Mission, which works with young people all over the world to solve difficult challenges. The organization is the brainchild of a wonderful person whom I met in Dubai in 2015 when I was a keynote speaker at their Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC). During that visit, I quickly learned that Ayusha Tyagi is an extremely talented executive with amazing coordination skills and capabilities.   

At that time, Tyagi was the portfolio director for the Dubai World Trade Center, managing their many global events and much more. After that role, she moved on to become the managing director for IQPC Middle East.

And in August 2020, Tyagi dedicated herself to a new mission by becoming the founder and director of Teenspire Global Mission. I was delighted to join their initial advisory board when Ms. Tyagi reached out to me this past summer. I was also pleased that she agreed to be interviewed for this blog to describe the group's progress and tell their amazing stories.

Dan Lohrmann (DL): What is Teenspire Global?

Ayusha Tyagi (AT): Teenspire Global is an innovative social research, not-for-profit organization. We work with young people globally to raise awareness about the critical issues facing humanity while empowering them to be the change agents to solve complex challenges.

The framework of our comprehensive programs and activations is based on the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs), and in 2021 we are collaborating with United Nations partners to deliver focused outcomes to impact the lives of 3 million people from marginalized communities in AfricaIndiaEurope, the U.S. and Asia who have been impacted by COVID-19.

DL: How did you (and your team) come up with the idea?

AT: Teenspire Global Mission was conceptualized from a strong desire to innovatively tackle problems that have plagued humanity for decades. The misery the pandemic caused in the first few months of lockdowns amplified the desire to empower youth to craft solutions for a sustainable future. The youth are a powerful voice, and represent 25 percent of humanity, but are often left on the sidelines. We are changing that. We are ensuring they understand they can be active decision-makers by developing solutions that can be deployed in communities. Every day we help thousands of children globally understand “how to” do it.

DL: How is this effort different from other training efforts that you've seen?

AT: The feedback from the students we work with is a clear indicator there is no program like ours out there. We spend hours of research in developing our IDIEA Pods, which provide inspiration and a clear methodology to students to develop solutions. They craft these solutions with us and come up with amazing ideas. The more we train them, the more skilled they will get at creating solutions that stick and solve problems.

Mental health has been a real concern among young people in 2020. We have invested significant resources to deliver mental health IDIEA Pods to more than 15,000 young people globally this year. We helped them become change agents and offer support to friends and people around them that need it.

DL: Why is this effort important right now in the middle of a global pandemic?

AT: The world needs more than just humanitarian aid to tackle the deep chasms the pandemic has created. We need millions of innovative solutions to solve problems that have affected virtually everyone, especially the vulnerable communities. And we need lots of partnerships to get there.

Some upcoming programs include "Future of No Poverty," where we are working in partnership with Detroit Revitalization Fellows; AI and data analytics in the future of sports with Formula 1; sustainable oceans with the Netherlands Water Partnership; and clean energy with Energy Swaraj Foundation, among others.

We also did a webinar on Future of Museums recently with National Heritage Board Singapore that resonated extremely well with our young audience.

DL: What is new that you are announcing today?

AT: We’d like to launch our #Sustianable17Dare Program for 2021 today. The #Sustainable17Dare program is a partnership that is structured around the United Nations' SDG framework and the IDIEA methodology. It will empower students globally to develop meaningful solutions that help open gateways to prosperity for millions. It’s part of the regional UN Global Compact initiatives.

Our Global Youth Tech Trends Report 2020, which captured the pulse of 1,500 young people worldwide, showed that youth globally are keen to embrace technology. AI and cybersecurity are the top technologies they wish to pursue. As such, we are excited to see how these will be integrated into the solutions they’ll be developing.

DL: How can people get involved in the U.S., Europe and around the world?

AT: Our #Sustainable17Dare Program for 2021 is a global program in collaboration with the United Nations partner agencies. We welcome corporations who are embracing the UN SDGs to talk to us. Our platform is complementary for all children worldwide, so we are looking for corporate partners who’d like to work with us.

We are also connecting with several NGOs and educational institutes worldwide to share our IDIEA program with. So, anyone interested in collaborating is welcome to contact us.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our story. Appreciate it, Dan.

DL: Thank you so much for your leadership and global example that can help bring more hope to the nations' young people and more innovation around the world.

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UN Global Compact

15 December, 2020

Re: Letter of Commitment 

H.E. António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations
New York, 

NY 10017 USA
Dear Mr. Secretary-General, 

I am pleased to confirm that Teenspire Global Mission Corporation supports the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 

With this communication, we express our intent to implement those principles. We are committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company, and to engaging in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals. Teenspire Global Mission Corporation will make a clear statement of this commitment to our stakeholders and the general public. 

We recognize that a key requirement for participation in the UN Global Compact is the annual submission of a Communication on Progress (COP) that describes our company’s efforts to implement the Ten Principles. We support public accountability and transparency, and therefore commit to report on progress within one year of joining the UN Global Compact, and annually thereafter according to the UN Global Compact COP policy. 

This includes:
• A statement signed by the chief executive expressing continued support for the UN Global Compact and renewing our ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles. This is separate from our initial letter of commitment to join the UN Global Compact.
• A description of practical actions (i.e., disclosure of any relevant policies, procedures, activities) that the company has taken (or plans to undertake) to implement the UN Global Compact principles in each of the four issue areas (human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption).
• A measurement of outcomes (i.e., the degree to which targets/performance indicators were met, or other qualitative or quantitative measurements of results). 

Sincerely yours, 

Ms. Ayusha Tyagi
CEO
Teenspire Global Mission Corporation
 

Sustainable growth, gender equality, human rights, and social justice have warranted attention for decades, and after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, these issues have been amplified in the fashion and textile industry.

 

As the world evaluates a rebound from COVID-19, the Consciously Sustainable Fashion IDIEA Impact Program (CSfIIP) will define the roadmap of growth and sustenance for the next 5 years in this extremely important sector.\\r\\n\\r\\nThe framework of CSfIIP is based on the SDGs, delivering focused outcomes to impact the lives of 3 million people from marginalized communities in Africa, India, Europe, USA, and Asia.

 

Through year-long activations, over the next 5 years, Teenspire Global Mission's programs will define the roadmap of growth and sustenance at a time when the world needs it the most. The #Sustainable17Dare program will empower youth globally to develop meaningful solutions that help open gateways to prosperity for millions of fashion and textile workers whose livelihood has been impacted due to the pandemic, to craft a sustainable future. \\r\\n\\r\\nWe host a variety of programs - workshops, discussion groups, webinars, events to educate, connect, and help forge partnerships.

 

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

 

The initiative will facilitate global partnerships that will empower youth and marginalized communities to drive change and create inclusive sustainable societies thereby driving economic prosperity. Capacity building and knowledge transfer will be achieved via IDIEA programs, webinars, insights reports, documentaries, and digital pods.\\r\\n \\r\\nOver 20 programs and resources are focused on assisting with the attainment of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The initiative will facilitate global partnerships that will empower youth and marginalized communities to drive change, and create inclusive sustainable societies, thereby driving economic prosperity. Capacity building and knowledge transfer will be achieved via IDIEA programs, webinars, insights reports, documentaries, and digital pods.\\r\\n \\r\\nOver 20 programs are focused on assisting with the attainment of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as follows:\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 1: Eradicating poverty through capacity building and free learning opportunities for all\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 2: Zero Hunger by ensuring all global youth understand the problem and become agents of change\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 3: Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being through the dissemination of information and workshops for the young\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning or all\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 5: Helping achieve gender equality by raising curiosity in young girls and eliminating violence against women \\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 8: Providing decent work and economic growth and eradicate slave labor\\r\\n\\r\\nSDG 11: Initiate programs for capacity building that accelerate robust community development and sustainable cities\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 13: Building awareness around climate change and sustainability of oceans and sea life\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 15: Building awareness around climate change and sustainability of forests and land\\r\\n\\r\\nSDG 16 for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, which calls for the end of abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against women\\r\\n \\r\\nSDG 17: To strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development\\r\\n\\r\\nIndependent Board Members and a clear metrics-driven framework will enable us to cement the governance.

Media Release

10 December, 2020

Youth empowerment project to impact to 3 million migrant workers directly, unique human rights initiative to aid millions more

 

New Delhi, December 10, 2020 As the world evaluates a rebound from COVID-19, The Teenspire Global Mission’s IDIEA AFTS Programs on human rights, women empowerment, and right to education will orchestrate solutions powered by the youth to re-shape the future of sustainability and equality. Through global partnerships these solutions will define the roadmap of growth and sustenance for the next 10 years in this extremely important sector.

 

In a global survey of 1500 youth that was carried out by Teenspire Global Mission 63% of young people globally believe they are not empowered. This is a large percentage of passionate bright minds that can make a real difference to our world if they can be energised. IDIEA AFTS Program is a first of its kind initiative being hosted in India and Africa, putting the global solution spotlight on the problems of millions of migrant workers and their families whose livelihood depends on the textile and garment manufacturing sectors.

 

Given the situation bears stark resemblance to any other part of the world where the textile sector is a key employment generator, the solutions developed will be transferrable to other regions to revitalize their economies. They will help governments attract funding to rebound from the pandemic, in clean energy, technology deployment, sustainable goods, and supply chain infrastructure projects.

 

In India, the IDIEA AFTS Programs will be hosted in collaboration with Energy Swaraj Foundation with Prof. Chetan Solanki as the Indian Ambassador. Prof. Solanki has been referred to as “Solar Man of India” by Times of India, The Hindu and India Today. Some people also call him “Solar Gandhi”. Known for his remarkable work in the field of Solar, he is an educator, innovator, entrepreneur, and author. Teenspire Global Mission will be working in partnership with other important stakeholders to deliver humanitarian outcomes as part of its 2021 outreach programs.

 

Over 3 million lives will be directly impacted via this initiative, whilst the indirect impact will be to several million over the years. As per Ayusha Tyagi, the CEO of Teenspire Global Mission, they are working to seed similar initiatives that can create a sustainable future via a clearly articulated agenda reflective of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, having already successfully empowered young people to craft over 20,000 solutions.

Media Release

9 December, 2020

Human Rights project to deliver impact to 3 million Africans directly, millions more to benefit in coming years

 

Virginia, December 9 2020, A timely intervention to help millions bounce back from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has orchestrated deep scars that have exacerbated hardships for low-income, minority communities pushing them into deep poverty. Increased inequalities, heightened structural deformities, and widened discrimination and wealth gaps need innovative solutions. The chasms in human rights, as they stand now, are wide. To recover, and rebuild a resilient and sustainable world, will require big steps and courage.

 

Africa is committed to ensuring its millions of citizens do not see COVID destroy their life for extended periods.  Whilst sustainable growth, gender equality, human rights, and social justice have warranted attention for decades, the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused these issues to amplify in the fashion and textile industry. As the world evaluates a rebound from COVID-19, Africa Fashion and Textile initiative 2021 (AfTS) is set to define the roadmap of growth and sustenance for the next 10 years in this extremely important sector.

 

Nigeria is taking leadership as being the Country and Host Partner of the initiative and is amicably positioned to showcase its leadership in dealing with critical issues affecting humanity. Through its commitment, it can open gateways to prosperity for millions of people and families whose livelihood depends on the textile and garment manufacturing sectors, to craft a sustainable future.

 

This first initiative of its kind hosted under the patronage of The Federal Department of Information and Culture puts the global spotlight on Nigeria. At this stage, Africa needs investment and funding to rebound from the pandemic, for its clean energy, technology deployment, sustainable goods, and supply chain infrastructure projects. Africa Fashion and Textile initiative 2021 will help forge partnerships to help deliver these. The African Heritage Foundation and Teenspire Global Mission will be working in partnership to deliver humanitarian outcomes whilst Impact Fashion Hub will create avenues for entrepreneurship funding.

 

Over 3 million lives will be directly impacted via this initiative, whilst the indirect impact will be to several million over the years. The AfTS board is working to seed similar initiatives that can create a sustainable future via a clearly articulated agenda reflective of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Media Release

23 November, 2020

60.5% of youth globally are not aware of the United Nations SDG Goals

Dubai, Nov 23, 2020 (Issuewire.com)  - The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the reset button on the imagination, scope, and pursuit of ambitions within the young generation. It has also made them vulnerable to isolation, mental health challenges, as well as lack of engagement and ideation.

 

As per the Teenspire Global Mission’s 2020 survey, which captured the pulse of 1500 young people worldwide, 74% of youth surveyed acknowledged being under severe stress and needing support.

The survey concluded that globally youth believe the pandemic was a period of reflection for them and inculcated a strong desire to tackle critical issues affecting humanity. Young people want to make a difference at the grass-roots level and find solutions to challenges overwhelming our world, the policymakers, governments, and humanity, but do not know where to start. 61% of young people feel the avenues of where to embark on the journey are unclear and the definition of success very limited.

65.5% of youth are not aware of the United Nations SDG Goals in developing countries.

Whilst 84.3% of young people are aware that the world’s biggest problem is hunger, they see no correlation between the problem and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. In fact, a majority of young people did not have any understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals.

57.9% are also aware that violent conflicts, and disasters, have left 168 million people in need of aid this year. Yet, they see these problems in isolation, empathize with them, but have no real context to the underlying reasons, or potential solutions. Neither do they relate them back to the United Nation’s SDG goals.

The lack of connection and their inability to see themselves as contributing members to impact solutions is a wake-up call for us and definitely something we need to change collectively.

Youth make up 25% of the world's population and are an influential voice to drive change if empowered to do so. By not empowering them to evaluate problems and drive the change we are limiting their ability to make a difference.

Young people are also frustrated with the slow progress being made on critical issues like equality, injustice, gender discrimination, and mental health that have been hiding behind the walls of stereotypes and biases for too long. They believe access to education is the biggest enabler of building long-term and sustainable capabilities to ensure a better future.

Our research indicates, if we created mechanisms and playbooks by which youth could have the ability to influence and impact the outcomes, the world would definitely be a better place.

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