Youth Visionary Collective 2021 Yearly Report

Sunday Guest Speakers

In the name of reciprocity, every other Sunday Roots & Routes arranges an educational event for YVC interns. Indigenous leaders from Alaska to the Amazon, and from California to Sweden (Yes! There are Indigenous peoples in Europe!), Zoom in to speak with the youth — a beloved event amongst R&R interns. In the past year, we have been able to hear from the whole gamut of peace-with-justice changemakers in the world: a linguist, a UN advocate for disability, a pro-forest and anti-mining activist, an African organizational director working for the Health of Mother Earth, a professor of Native American Studies, an entrepreneur, a filmmaker, and the Executive Director of the Peaceful World Foundation.

The interns during a conversation with Susanna Israelsson, guest speaker on 21st November, 2021.
Table 1: Roots & Routes YVC Speakers during 2021.

The YVC Teams

Like a child, the lifepath of an organization of people is ever-transitioning. Due to the YVC’s evolution, Roots & Routes’ strategic ways forward have transformed in unexpected and inspiring ways. Together the youth and I have been able to come up with a fantastic system that we are forever tweaking as we learn from our mistakes or simply from our reflections on the creative process. The teams meet one day of every week for an hour — one week with me, and the next, on their own. What follows is an overview of the six teams and all they have achieved in the past year:

  1. Steering Team. YVC’s Steering Team has two main committees.

Measuring Success: Creating Peace across Cultural Differences

This next section will provide you a peek into the ways that we are measuring success, i.e., creating and expanding possibilities for peace across cultural differences. At Roots & Routes, we are proud, amazed, and grateful for how far we have come in 2021, just one cycle around the sun.

NUMBER OF R&R YVC INTERNS & COUNTRIES

As indicated in the bar graph in Figure 1, we have had between 20–30 interns each season. The blue indicates the number of interns and the green the number of countries during 5 seasons: Winter 2021 through Winter 2022 seasons. There is a steady rise in the number of interns, and an increase in the number of countries Spring through Fall, but then a decrease in winter. This is because we had a strong relationship and solid participation with youth from across Europe in the Development Studies MA program at Lund University spring through fall, who then moved on to write their theses. The Fall season was also very exciting because we had several youth from across countries in the continent of Africa.

Figure 1. Number of R&R YVC Interns & Countries Winter 2021 to Winter 2022

TOTAL YVC PARTICIPATION WINTER 2021 TO WINTER 2022

This pie chart below shows that although we have had a great deal of participation of youth based in Ecuador, Sweden, Scotland, Nigeria, Canada, and Spain (in this order) during the one-year cycle around the sun, 38.8% of the YVC interns have been from the United States.

Figure 2. Total International YVC Participation: 1-year PWF 2021 Funding Season
Figure 3. Total U.S. YVC Participation Winter 2021 to Winter 2022
Figure 4. YVC Country Participation Across Seasons Winter 2021 to Winter 2022

Circling Back to Gratitude

It has been a great opportunity to work with all our interns this past year, as well as hearing from all the guest speakers that have left seeds of inspiration along the way. We thank every single person for their participation in the YVC this past year, no matter how big or small. Roots & Routes has grown immensely as an organization as a result of the YVC. ithout each and every youth intern and all of you, we would not be what we are today. Thank you.

Some of our amazing interns this past year who have made invaluable contributions to R&R. Thank you!

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