This year, for the second time in its history, Belarus may see one of its films nominated for an Oscar. The film is called Crystal Swan, and it is the first feature film of Daria Zhuk, a director from Minsk who is currently based in NYC. Daria moved to the US at the age of 16 and, after pursuing a finance degree at Harvard, decided to turn to her true passion – film making. Her journey, however, has not been an easy one. It took her almost a decade to bring to the big screen the story of a young lady called Evelina (Velya), who in the ‘90s followed the American dream by trying to obtain a US visa to immigrate and become a DJ. This summer the film had its premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film festival, opening in the East of the West competition, and then was screened at a few other film festivals. YT met with Daria after the premiere screening and talked to her about her life and work, the stereotypes in cinematography, the millennials, and the problems of family acceptance.

She was bold, determined, and touched. And these facts have changed more than a thousand lives of female farmers all over West Africa, South America, and parts of Asia. The success of Lisa Curtis, founder of Kuli Kuli, America’s leading moringa company, started with the tale of a single African mom who had five kids and was left with no home and no income. She was the first person to be affected by Lisa's dream of using the nutritious leaves of the moringa tree to improve the lives of women on the African continent. At the age of 23, with zero knowledge of the food industry, but led by a wish to make a change, Lisa managed to form a team of food, technology, and design experts and develop her startup. Today, seven years later, her company counts more than 1.5 million dollars of income given to family farms on three different continents. Read more about the moving story of blue flip-flops, Pierrette and Ayele, courage, vision, and having the guts to carve out the path that allowed an eager volunteer to become a widely recognized businesswoman with a place on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List of Social Entrepreneurs 2018.

The tale of the young Jaya Setiawan Gulo, now 28, starts in a left-behind village somewhere in the province of North Sumatra, after he broke his left arm. While he was on the road to recovery, he had the heartbreaking experience of witnessing the harsh realities that face the people in the rural areas of Indonesia who dedicate their lives to giving their kids the opportunity to finish school. It was then that he realized he would one day found a social enterprise organization focused on education. And so it has been. Back then, he was just a tiny kid with poor grades who was climbing coconut trees. Today, he works at the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and has made his dream come true.  Together with nine other young people who are dedicated to fighting for education, he founded a youth-led organization called The School Projects that is changing the shape of the education system in rural Indonesia. Gulo and his cohort have reached more than 1400 children so farby mentoring and motivating them while providing school supplies to support their learning process. This is Gulo’s story.

We at YT like to interview interesting people who do some amazing work. With them succeeding in their respective fields comes an obvious question. This is to find out what is their secret to their success. Here is what they have to say.

As someone who liked spending her time helping kids in orphanage homes and hospitals, being a kid herself, no wonder Omotoke Olowo has achieved so much so far, and deserved to be a role model for many people. This inspiring young lady from Nigeria has been named OD Young Person of the Month for June2018. She is also an Ambassador fellow for ROI Africa, an Ashoka Changemaker and 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow. Her first contact with disabled kids made such an emotional impact on her, she ended up founding her own NGO - The Autism Awareness Place, where children with autism feel respected and accepted as a part of society. Her journey includes teaching children of migrant fishermen at the Makoko community the art of reading and writing, training teachers in rural communities on how to facilitate learning for these kids and helping their parents to face all the challenges. Her mission is clear – to lend her voice and strength to the ones society keeps neglecting.

Oyindamola Johnson says Nigerians, especially the young ones, are one of the most hardworking and resourceful people you'll find anywhere and across the globe. Despite little or no direct support, future young leaders in this country are somehow managing to grab their chance to learn and grow. And he is doing everything he can to empower them, representing their interests. But not theirs only – he travels the world working on social innovation projects. This inspiring young man was selected as a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur in April this year, in May 2018 he was chosen as a part of 50 outstanding young experts and named a G20-Young Global Changer by Global Solutions Initiative in Germany. And these are just some of his numerous international recognitions. He claims the leaders of his country have failed the youth on several fronts but he is determined to be part of a revolution. His motto might really lead to big changes one day:Work on being and not on having, for with what you are, you will have.

Professor John Pencavel of Stanford, one of the most eminent economists, has published several studies on various areas of economics. We have this opportunity an interview with him.

The Youth International Summer School in Shanghai is just a few weeks away and we are excited to publish the latest article interviewing one of our workshop trainers, Ms. Caroline Wabara. An expert in marketing, Ms. Wabara will be travelling all the way from Nigeria to share her knowledge and experience with participants at the event.

Breastfeeding, its relationship to IQ and attainment. Professor Bernardo Horta and his team set out to establish the association through their research. We have this opportunity to interview Professor Horta.

With the Youth International Summer School in Shanghai drawing closer, Youth Time International Movement are excited to invite experts and participants from all over the globe to share their knowledge, ideas, and experiences. One of these experts is an entrepreneur, coach, and speaker for more than ten years Mr. Sven Anger. His first encounter with performance and the human ecology was at the Olympic Training Center for Judo in Leipzig, Germany. Afterwards Sven worked in finance and in management for a global logistics company. Along the way he dove into the arts attending the renowned Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in New York to study drama and find a second home on stage in London and Berlin. He founded ANGER COACHING in 2007 and has conducted hundreds of seminars and coaching sessions to help people make most of their potential. Sven focuses on working with entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the globe. Mr. Anger will be delivering his workshop on the topic, “The Ecology of Leadership”. This interview aims to provide Youth International Summer School participants with added insight and understanding as to what they can expect from Sven’s workshop, in addition to learning how to best prepare for the event.

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