A DREAM COME TRUE: 600 YOUTH FROM 50 COUNTRIES ENJOYED THE FIRST JA GLOBAL YOUTH FORUM IN MEXICO

JA Worldwide successfully implemented the first edition of the JA Global Youth Forum in Morelos, Mexico, thanks to the support of Delta Air Lines as title sponsor. With he participation of 600 students representing the six JA regions, the Forum became a truly global event.

During a historical week at the Hacienda Cocoyoc in Morelos, Mexico, JA received hundreds of youth from 50 countries from around the world in one single place: the first JA Global Youth Forum of JA Worldwide, co - organized with JA Americas and JA Mexico, was a unique opportunity for the students to develop their entrepreneurial spirit, meet other cultures, improve their problem - solving skills and incorporate team-work, creativity and innovation abilities.  

 The entire group of students, chaperones and staff at the beautiful Hacienda Cocoyoc in Mexico.

The entire group of students, chaperones and staff at the beautiful Hacienda Cocoyoc in Mexico.

The students enjoyed several activities and conferences and they also competed each other on different challenges such as "The Pitch Competition" (supported by C&A Foundation), a students Talent Show, an amazing International Fair, the "Get App!" innovation challenge, an Entrepreneurial Fair and more. International keynote speakers like Magnus Scheving (Lazy Town), Yemi Babington, David Meltzer (Sports 1 Meketing), Khadija Ali (Global Language Connections) and Luis Hernandez (former international soccer player) completed the activities menu. 

The Gala Dinner of the JA Global Youth Forum represented the official kick off for the JA Centennial Celebrations, with the first of many events that will happen during the next 18 months. The Gala counted with the presence of the JA Worldwide Board of Governors Members, and also with the participation of Lord Michael Hastings (KPMG) with an inspirational speech about changing the world and reaching the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

 JA Worldwide, JA Americas and JA Mexico staff during the JA Centennial Gala Dinner.

JA Worldwide, JA Americas and JA Mexico staff during the JA Centennial Gala Dinner.

Gabriel Villalobo