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28 July 2020
Final Coffee Chat of the Summer!

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Youth at the Forefront of Change


Join us on Tuesday, July 28 from 1:00-2:00pm EST for the final Coffee Chat of the summer! 

UNA-NCA Coffee Chats have successfully brought together global, national, and local leadership- as well as hundreds of UN advocates across the country- through this series of dynamic and engaging discussions, all centered on the Sustainable Development Goals. 
Our upcoming series installment will explore the critical role that youth advocates and leaders play in driving change at all levels, analyze the challenges that lay ahead, and most importantly- how we keep the spirit of hope alive.


Jay'Len Boone
8th United States Youth Observer to the UN
Jay'Len Boone is the founder and executive director of Sustainable Youth in Action, a nonprofit organization that trains and equips students with opportunities and tools to help turn their ideas into sustainable solutions for global issues, such as extreme poverty and climate change. He is a Global Citizen Curtis Scholar, Cultural Vistas Fellow, and a winner of the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship. His desire to combat global challenges and help underserved populations has taken him across the globe, on the ground with communities in Hong Kong, South Africa, and Japan. The most critical role of the Youth Observer is to engage young Americans in the work of the UN, empowering them to be active participants to foster a greater global impact.

Thomas Liu
Executive Director, Global Innovation Challenge at William & Mary (WMGIC)
Thomas (Huan-Cheng) Liu is a Gates Scholar and a junior at William & Mary double majoring in Government and Business Analytics (Data Science) with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. On-campus, Thomas is the Executive Director for the Global Innovation Challenge (WMGIC), a premier international and sustainable development case competition, and he also serves as the official student voice on the school-wide Committee for Sustainability. Thomas is passionate about Sustainable Development and aspires to work in the field of Global Development Finance and or Development Consulting.

Nursena Oktem
UNA-NCA Student Representative, Board of Directors

Nursena Oktem was born and raised in Turkey. In her time there, she volunteered for Syrian refugees and witnessed refugee oppression firsthand, which initiated her interest in social change and advocacy. After she finished her sophomore year in law school, she and her family decided to leave the country due to increasing political tensions. When she arrived in the United States, she started from scratch. After finishing two years in Community College as an honor student, she transferred to Georgetown University. Her strong interest and multiple experiences working with displaced communities enabled her to assume the director position in the Leadup Greece Project, where she and her team aim to support refugees in Greece through fundraising events and online English classes. She is also a part of a mentorship program, Core-Es Education, where she guides senior high school students academically and morally. She is currently a rising senior, majoring in Government and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Marco Fabian Sanchez
Youth Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator, UNA-USA
Connecting American youth with the work of the United Nations is the core of Marco Fabian Sanchez’s work as the Youth Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator for the United Nations Association of the USA. In his current role, Marco helps to build grassroots support for the United Nations in the U.S. by empowering UNA-USA’s national network of advocates to take action. Marco also helps to manage UNA-USA’s advocacy priorities by connecting UN advocates with their Members of Congress and working with Better World Campaign to help UNA-USA members build strategic relationships on Capitol Hill. Throughout his academic career at California State University, Fullerton, Marco was a former UNA-USA campus chapter leader, where he helped to lead grassroots advocacy efforts in the Southern California community. In addition to advocacy, Marco has a personal interest in human rights and international economic development given his previous role as a policy consultant for the World Bank Group. Through his experiences in advocacy, organizational development and public leadership, Marco has been able to successfully engage everyday Americans and lawmakers by educating communities about the United Nations, and the importance of a strong U.S.-UN partnership.

Megan Schleicher
Senior Associate, Policy & Communications at Alliance for Peacebuilding
Megan is the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)’s Senior Associate for Policy and Communications. Megan is leading AfP’s work on the Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) Act, conflict sensitivity, and locally-led peacebuilding. She also works on AfP policy initiatives such as the Global Fragility Act (GFA) and the integration of peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity into programming and budgets. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 with a double degree in International Business and Anthropology. She then graduated from George Washington University in 2018 with a master’s degree in International Affairs, and concentrations in conflict resolution and international development.

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