On April 20, 2016 Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel honored a group of extraordinary young leaders with the Emerging Young Leaders Award. These inspiring youth from around the world were recognized for their tireless efforts to promote positive social change in their communities. Amongst other achievements, this year’s inaugural group has been instrumental in creating safe and positive environments for at-risk youth, helped to spearhead inter-ethnic and inter-faith dialogue and reconciliation, and promote democratic transition in their home countries. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!
The 2016 Awardees:
Basel Almadhoun – Palestinian Territories
Hillary Briffa – Malta
Jessel Recinos Fernandez – Honduras
Samuel Grzybowski – France
Asha Hassan – Kenya
Ahmad Shakib Mohsanyar – Afghanistan
Ahlem Nasraoui – Tunisia
Nino Nanitashvili – Georgia
Thinzar Shunlei Yi – Burma
Zulfirman Rahyantel – Indonesia
Learn more about the program at https://exchanges.state.gov/eyl . You can also follow the conversation online with #EYLeaders and @ECAatState. Interested media should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.