presented by the Civil Society Youth Representatives Steering Committee (YRSC), with the support of the Civil Society Unit of the UN Department of Global Communications

'Storytelling with a Purpose' is a youth-led and youth-focused podcast series created with the aim of sharing how civil society is taking action to create a sustainable future and as a way to inspire others and benefit our world. The series features pre-recorded stories from youth and youth-led/youth-focused civil society organizations (Action Storytellers) on how they are creating change and solutions to problems that we are facing in society. The storytelling will take place through 15 minute and 30 minutes episodes. The purpose of these episodes is to create a bridge to connect with change makers and storytellers of all demographics to share innovative ways to reach a sustainable future which is in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The podcast also includes information on upcoming conferences and events that occur at the UN as a way to further create an additional link between civil society and international development practitioners (this includes practitioners, organizations, experts, etc.) on a local level. 



Featured Speaker: 


Aya Chebbi, Former African Union Youth Envoy, Founder & Chair of the Nala Feminist Collective, and a multi award-winning Pan-African feminist. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. In her role, she met and advocated to over 30 Heads of State and Governments and to over 160 global leaders on the youth agenda in Africa and the diaspora which resulted in policy changes continentally and globally and increase in youth appointments nationally. She has mobilized Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign which has become African Union’s largest youth campaign and main platform on Youth, Peace and Security agenda. In her role, she has also widely mobilized young women resulting in the first of its kind Africa Young Women Manifesto. She has curated the internationally acclaimed concept of Intergenerational Co-leadership and engaged millions of young people during COVID-19 pandemic, documented in the Africa Youth Lead Policy Paper. 




Opening Remarks: 


Rinor Jani, Pathways to Peace Civil Society Youth Representative and Member, DGC Civil Society Youth Representatives Steering Committee. He works on advancing refugee rights and nuclear disarmament and to raise the awareness and support of at risk refugee populations and a more peaceful world through disarmament. Rinor is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.







Cairo Eubanks, New Future Foundation International Civil Society Youth Representative and Member, DGC Civil Society Youth Representatives Steering Committee. She is also the Global Correspondent for Global Oved Dei Seminary and University (GODSU), an interfaith e-learning institution. Her portfolio has taken her to Jamaica, Brazil, Morocco, Senegal, and Azerbaijan. Cairo is the CEO of CairoSpeaks/CairoWrites, LLC., a consulting firm which specializes in executive coaching and enhancing both interpersonal communication skills and executive writing. CairoSpeaks offers speech coaching sessions, as well as leadership development programs for emerging and established leaders. CairoWrites offers ghostwriting to busy international leaders and business executives.