On Friday we will hold our annual UN Day event. This is a great way to celebrate our multicultural community, honor our ties to the UN, and embrace our responsibility to be an active force in shaping a better world. Building off of past successes, we are exploring the theme A Call to Action: Using our Awareness to Build a Better World. As part of this everyone will make a pledge of what they will do to help meet the goals of the United Nations.
To inspire students to find ways they can make the call to action a reality we have special guest speakers. They bring a wealth of experiences that should enlighten and excite the entire UNIS community.
Our speakers include:
Jessica Minhas is a human rights and mental health advocate, and her non-profit organization, I'll Go First, is dedicated to leveraging media and technology to provide mental health and wellbeing resources for underserved communities. For the past 12 years she has in humanitarian media, carefully producing inspiring content focused on complex social issues; and the survivor advocacy space, crafting economic empowerment programs and investigations on behalf of sex trafficking victims.
She challenges audiences to think globally, empowers them to find their purpose, and encourages them to cultivate their unique voices for the common good. Everything Jessica does is driven by a commitment to shed light on issues normally silenced in shame, and offer hope to those without it. Learn more about her work at www.jessicaminhas.com, and www.illgofirst.com
Max Rubenstein, a 16 year old attending Galloway HS in Atlanta, has the distinction of being named one of the top 25 youth in America. Eleven months ago, he started Game Givers, a non-profit with the goal of donating new and used video games to Children's Hospitals across the nation, in his Nana's memory.
Since Game Givers' founding, the organization has raised over $54,000 in video game and monetary donations, impacted thousands of children nationwide, and has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, WSB-TV, and many others. He has partnered with six hospitals, two Ronald McDonald houses and his goal is to take Game Givers national this year starting with a partnership at Boston Children's Hospital.
Born in South Africa, Liesl Tommy is the first woman of color ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Director of Play for the Broadway production of Eclipsed. Ms. Tommy's impressive body of work captures her international experience, and speaks to her dedication to the arts.