“Crime happens not because there are lots of foul individuals, it happens because of the silence of those who are good.” This significant and impactful statement was made by Ms. Dina Sonyah, the president of AIESEC Indonesia, during her welcoming speech. Her speech perfectly described the purpose of YouthSpeak Summit 2016; to increase awareness on poverty and quality of education issues, making people realize that it is something real, concrete, and urgent, as well as to inspire young people to do something about it.

For the past few months, AIESEC has been conducting YouthSpeak Summit in several cities around Indonesia such as Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Makassar, with its main event held in Jakarta, December 3rd 2016 at Universitas Prasetiya Mulya under the theme of “Delivering SDGs with Integrity”. This summit was broken down into 3 main events; sharing session, panel discussion, and idea selection.

The first event was a sharing session with esteemed keynote speakers including Zainal Minasichin (Staff Expert of Menpora), Maudy Ayunda (Singer-Public Figure, Representative of Youth) Ruben Hattari (Director of Corporate Affairs Microsoft Indonesia), Adita Irawati (Vice President Corporate Communications Telkomsel), and Antonius Tanan (President of Ciputra Entrepreneurship Center).

Soon after the sharing session ended, it was followed up by a panel discussion, a forum in which participants discuss upon global issues together with the Director of Ciputra Incubator and Accelerator, Mr. Ivan Sandjaja, and the Co-Founder of Erna Batik, Ms. Stephanie Regina.

This event is highlighted by the selection of Best YouthSpeak Project Idea with Deputy Country Director UNDP Ms. Francine Pickup, Staff Expert of Menpora Zainal Minasichin, and a representative from Telkomsel as the judge. The winner of this YouthSpeak Project competition would be granted financial aid in order to realize their social project.

Overall, from this event, there is one message that stood up the most: active participation and engagement of the youth is a crucial component in developing our society, in other words, it is our job as the youth to deliver our voices in order to aspire a better and brighter future.

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Words By: Clara Rahardja

All Images are Credited to: YouthSpeak Summit 2016 Committee