CYF 2022
CYF 2022
CYF 2022
CYF 2022
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Highlights
CYF 2022

The CYF is under the patronage of the

Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO 

Quick facts about the CYF 2022:

300 +
Students & young professionals registered for CYF '22
45
Different nationalities were represented among registrants
0 +
Free sessions, panel discussions & interactive workshops were hosted
18- 24 yrs
Most popular age group (60% of registrants)
Overview
On Saturday, the 1st of October 2022, we transformed our annual youth forum into a Social Impact Festival. It was designed with young people in mind, and the day was packed with various activities. We hosted 20+ diverse speakers, panelists, workshop facilitators and performers.
 

The highlights for CYF 2022 are shared under the headings below – click/tap to jump straight to a section.

1. Plenary Sessions + Keynotes

The plenary sessions of the Changemakers Youth Forum was hosted by Ms Dorina Dula, President of AIESEC in Hungary. After welcoming everybody, she enthusiastically set the scene by informing attendees on what to expect throughout the day. Ms Dula further elaborated on the three thematic areas for this year’s forum, namely: (1) Mental Health, (2) Diversity and Inclusion, and (3) Youth Participation and Leadership.

Opening Remarks

Change is something that is not only inevitable, it is also something that is necessary! Mr Craig V. Johnson, Chairperson of the Changemakers Youth Forum (CYF), officially opened the forum with this statement. He mentioned that history proves that young people have a huge role to play when it comes to driving positive change – something that should improve the lives of people and the planet that we all live on.

 

Mr Johnson then went on to explain what makes the CYF special. In short, it exists to co-create a youth-led ecosystem where each contributor is genuinely motivated (1) to think together, (2) to collectively solve social and environmental problems together, and (3) to build a truly supportive Changemaker Community together.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Orsolya Pacsay-Tommassich

President of Hungarian Diplomatic Academy

Ambassador Katalin Bogyay

Diplomat, President of the United Nations Association of Hungary.

Krisztián Kölkedi

Deputy-CEO of Express Innovation Agency

  • Ambassador Katalin remarked in her speech that “more of the young generation needed to be heard in the UN while also leveraging on the wisdom of the older generation.” She also added that young people reported that age barriers still prevailed in areas of employment and political movements.

 

  • Dr. Orsolya Pacsay-Tommassich rightfully highlighted that luck is nothing more than when opportunity meeting preparedness. She explained that in any given circumstances, young people needed to take a proactive approach to their lives and career.

 

  • Krisztián Kölkedi remarked that “young people focused too much on the problem and complained too much about it. This meant that they could miss creative solutions and opportunities to solve it.” His message being that young people should embrace a more solutions-based mindset to see problems as a challenge to overcome.

Ambassador Katalin Bogyay

Diplomat, President of the United Nations Association of Hungary.

Ambassador Katalin remarked in her speech that “more of the young generation needed to be heard in the UN while also leveraging on the wisdom of the older generation.” She also added that young people reported that age barriers still prevailed in areas of employment and political movements.

Dr. Orsolya Pacsay-Tommassich

President of Hungarian Diplomatic Academy

Dr. Orsolya Pacsay-Tommassich rightfully highlighted that luck is nothing more than when opportunity meeting preparedness. She explained that in any given circumstances, young people needed to take a proactive approach to their lives and career.

Krisztián Kölkedi

Deputy-CEO of Express Innovation Agency

 

Krisztián Kölkedi remarked that “young people focused too much on the problem and complained too much about it. This meant that they could miss creative solutions and opportunities to solve it.” His message being that young people should embrace a more solutions-based mindset to see problems as a challenge to overcome.

Closing Remarks

The closing remarks for the opening plenary were delivered by Dr Judit Beke, President of the GiLE Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the GiLE Journal of Skills Development (GJSD).

 

Dr Beke noted that younger and older generations should collaborate to achieve their common goals, and that young changemakers, social entrepreneurs and social innovators play a crucial role in making changes happen

2. Panel Discussions & World Cafe
Throughout the day, we hosted several interactive panel discussions and a world cafe that was both thought-provoking and empowering for young people in attendance.
 
Staying true to our thematic areas of the forum, we hosted special sessions on (1) diversity and inclusion, (2) youth participation and leadership, and (3) mental health. However, we also made room for sessions to unpack creativity and innovation in a separate panel discussion, as well as (youth) leadership in a fireside chat.
Here are some highlights:

This panel discussion shed light on the current state of diversity & inclusion in Hungary. It involved a conversation about women empowerment, the LGBTQ+ community, and the increasing ratio of international employees in the business sector.

 

Panelists spoke about current problems, trends, expectations, and how diversity and inclusion will change or develop in the future.

Panelists: 

Dorka Szekér – Vice President of AIESEC in Hungary (moderator)

German Henao Publicis Groupe Hungary

Arthur Andrade Tata Consultancy Services

Gábor CséffalvayFLOW Consulting International

What does meaningful youth participation look like nowadays? How can we best nurture the next generation of leaders and innovators? And how can we re-imagine the role of the United Nations to support youth engagement efforts and capacity building?

 

During this interactive world cafe session, we managed to gain valuable insights from young people, which will look forward to sharing in our Social Impact Report 2022.

World Cafe Facilitators: 

Sean Sharma – President of International Diplomatic Students Association (Host)

Shivaan Munnisunker – GiLE Foundation

Noemi Papp – Erasmus Students Network Hungary

Norbert BenczeAssociation of Hungarian PhD and DLA Students (DOSZ)

Bogi Boda – AIESEC in Hungary

This panel discussion revealed that more needs to be done to address mental health, and that it is something that is not only the responsibility of the individual, but the responsibility of the community, universities, workplaces, government, and organisations.
 
On the one hand, universities do provide mental health support. However, on the other, young people need assistance to develop a better work-life-balance and more effective coping mechanisms.

Panelists: 

Balázs Krabácz President, Erasmus Students Network Hungary

Diego Andrade Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Students (DOSZ)

Anja Fortuna Youth Health Organisation

Éva Grünwald Psychologist and Diplomat (MFA, Hungary)

During this panel discussion, we discussed what young people can do to unlock their creativity and innovation. We explored how entrepreneurship can also be used as a tool to solve social and environmental challenges, and also unpacked the current struggles and trends among young (aspiring) entrepreneurs.

 

The panel was hosted by the MOME Innovation Center, where Craig V. Johnson, Chair of the Forum, also Heads the MOME Incubation Program to support young creative talent in Hungary.

Panelists: 

Craig V. Johnson – Chair of the Forum (moderator)
Krisztián Kölkedi – Deputy-CEO, Express Innovation Agency

Tamas Méri– Co-Founder, Access4You

Today’s leaders must possess qualities like creativity, resilience, agility, focus, and trust. These qualities, together with their relevance to young leaders specifically, were unpacked during this fireside chat.

 

We also presented a unique model of CRAFT Leadership that provides practical guidance and reflection tools for experienced leaders to stay sharp, and for leadership candidates to become future leaders.

Participants: 

Stacey Marais – GiLE Foundation (moderator)

Beata Kalmár – Coach & Author of CRAFT Leadership

3. Changemakers Impact Award
We successfully launched our Changemakers Impact Award to recognise and celebrate young people who are making a positive social impact in their local community in Hungary. It is a collaboration between the GiLE Foundation and the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO.

There were two separate awards, one for an individual and one for a youth-led organisation. The evaluation criteria was based on the applicant’s (1) concept and idea, (2) the social impact, and (3) how they collaborated with others.

 

Congratulations to winners:

MUNCH

Youth-led organisation category

Márton Elődi

Individual category award.

4. Live Performances

We successfully created a festival-like atmosphere at our Social Impact Festival, all thanks to memorable performances by:

Ivory Parker

International award-winning beatboxer, DJ & host

Gábor Holcz

Magician

Dorka Foster

Artist & Musician

Sárkány Sándor & Pataj György

Musicians

5. Opportunities Fair

Attendees at the CYF Opportunities Fair were presented with information about available opportunities to volunteer, intern, or otherwise work at NGO’s, youth organisations and companies that are based in Hungary.

 

The following organisations were present on the day:

AIESEC in Hungary

Amnesty International

Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Students (DOSZ

European Law Students' Association (ELSA)

Erasmus Students Network Hungary

GiLE Foundation

International Diplomatic Students Association

Konnekt

Red Cross

Tata Consultancy Services

Youth Health Organisation

6. Skills Development Workshops & Presentation

We offered the following (free) sessions for young people who attended the CYF 2022:

Career Design

Facilitator: Anita Kulcu-Gusztafik, Individual and Team/Group Coach at CityYogi

How To Build An Inclusive Community

Facilitator: Valeriano Donzelli, Inspiral Club

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Maya Fenyvesi, Amnesty International Hungary, and Lujza Andrejcsik, Háttér Society

How to Optimise Your Energy Levels & Motivate Your Team

Facilitators: Beáta Hajde and Kinga Buta, Coaching Team

Psychology & Diplomacy

Facilitator: Éva Grünwald, Psychologist and Diplomat, MFA Hungary

Funding Opportunities of the European Solidarity Corps focusing on solidarity projects (youth initiatives)

Presenter: Andrea Kiss, European Solidarity Corps (Tempus Public Foundation)

The Importance of Youth Political Participation

Presenter: Tamuna Japharidze (Young Ambassador of Georgia to Hungary)

7. Key Findings & Conclusion

Coming Soon... Coming Soon...

We are in the process of documenting our research activities in order to publish our much anticipated Social Impact Report 2022.

We cannot wait to share our insights with you.
8. Acknowledgments

Thank you to all the co-creators for the Changemakers Youth Forum (CYF) 2022.

 

We appreciate the efforts and contributions from each and every organising member who helped to plan and organise our first Social Impact Festival.

CYF 2022
Program

You can still access the full program here: