Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mexican Student Activist re: 43 missing young men

“Even within the context of the violence that has left over 120,000 dead and tens of thousands disappeared since 2006, the forced disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students represents a watershed moment, not merely for the manner in which 43 young men were abducted by security forces, but for the widely-held suspicion of governmental involvement. Mexican authorities have been accused of a campaign of disinformation and of attempting to discredit those who challenge the establishment narrative. Endemic chaos and corruption at all levels has given Mexico the unofficial title of the “narco-state.”


Indignados in Office in Spain

Activist and PAH founder Ada Colau (age 41) is mayor of Barcelona, the first of the indignados to win office, telling supporters “This is the victory of David over Goliath.” Her campaign included a popular music video with her singing, titled El Run Run (the buzz). Her group Barcelona in Common is affiliated with Podemos. An Australian observer concluded, “The movement has indeed created a new language and praxis of citizenship in Spain,” with the citizens for “real democracy now” contrasted to “the caste” (la casta) of wealthy politicians and bankers.[i] In response to the 2015 crisis, Colau posted on Facebook suggesting a network of refuge-cities. Her “appeal to affection” went viral and families responded with offers to share their homes.

[i] John Postill, “Field Theory, Media Change and the New Citizen Movements,” Mediterranean Politics, December 23, 2014.

Give old clothes for girls’ ed, Malala Fund

Today, more than 60 million girls are not in school for reasons including having to work, being married at an early age, and taking care of siblings. In more than 70 countries, violence also hinders girls from getting an education.

The Malala Fund is working to provide learning programs and safe spaces for girls in Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, and Sierra Leone, as well as Syrian refugee girls at risk of child marriage in Lebanon and Jordan. This past year, it awarded more than $1 million in grants for Syrian refugees. –

The Malala Fund and donated-clothing program Schoola have partnered to create He Named Me Malala bags, with the aim of providing 12 years of free, quality, and safe schooling to girls being deprived of an education. But they need the help of students across America to do so.


To date, Schoola has received 1,567 filled bags, which together raised more than $103,000 for the Malala Fund. They’ve received over 15 tons of clothes—the equivalent of 30,404 pounds—for the campaign.


Students contribute by stuffing the Malala-branded bags, prepaid postage included, with gently used clothing and mailing them. Schoola sells the donated clothes online and sends the remaining sales proceeds, after shipping and fund-raising costs, to the Malala Fund to support girls’ education worldwide. For every student who donates, his or her school receives 40 percent of the profit from sold clothing items. ( – See more at: more at: & make a difference in 2 easy steps!

Just enter your info below, and we’ll send you a bag, postage-paid.

Fill it with adorable kids’ and women’s clothing and leave it for your mail carrier. We’ll take it from there and 40% of the proceeds will go to the school of your choice.

Young white drug overdose epidemic

The number of drug overdose deaths reached a new peak in 2014: 47,055 people, or the equivalent of about 125 Americans every day, similar to the
H.I.V. epidemic at its peak. Most are young, white and poorly educated.
The death rate from drug overdoses is climbing at a much faster pace than other causes of death, jumping to an average of 15 per 100,000 in 2014 from nine per 100,000 in 2003.

Egyptian Youth Unhappy with el-Sisi

Young people expressed cynicism and hopelessness, saying “Nothing is going right,” “Everyone is lying to everyone,” and “There is a sense of political exhaustion.”[i] Thus voter turnout was very low, especially for young people, and as usual there were charges of vote buying and other violations. Sissi used religion to boost his authority: During the elections a preacher on state TV freferred to the president as “God’s Shadow on earth.” Around the same time, August 2015, John Kerry lectured Egyptian officials that they couldn’t defeat terrorism at home without respecting human rights and oppression would radicalize some youths, but resumed joint military exercises and the usual $1.3 billion in mostly military aid. He also warned that jailing young protesters could radicalize them in prison. A few weeks later, a new counterterrorism law established a fine of at least $25,000 for publishing information about military activities that differs from the official line.

Religious freedom is assaulted as the government jails Coptic Christians, Shiites and atheists on charges of contempt of religion and blasphemy postings on Facebook.[ii] Imams are asked to use state sermons. The Hollywood film Noah was prohibited because it shows prophets in violation of Islam. In 2016, the Ministry of Religious Endowments told preachers to resist calls to demonstration on the anniversary of Jan25 as a crime that would lead to destruction. A young woman, age 20, commented “Already there is no democracy, and now they are telling us where to pray. The government is pressuring the youth, and it’s going to blow up in their faces.”[iii]

[i] Kareem Fahim, “Lack of Enthusiasm Mars Latest Voting in Egypt,” New York Times, October 18, 2015.

[ii] Dwight Bashir, “A State of Denial: Religious Freedom in Egypt,” US Commission on International Religious Freedom, January 24, 2014.

[iii] Declan Walsh, “Egypt’s President Turns to Religion to Bolster His Authority,” New York Times, January 9, 2016.

Connection with electronic devices rather than people

British singer David Bowie observed in 199 that the Internet is like an alien life form permitting interplay between the user and the medium. Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together (2012) said that Apple products like the iPod and iPad are meant to be an extension of the user’s body and can intefer with communication. Observe parents and children at a park and how many of the adults are looking at their phones rather than their children.

Youth Working Group UNESCO app

The Youth Working Group for the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO is now accepting applications for new members, and we hope you will apply. The YWG engages youth across the globe in the work of UNESCO and works with the U.S. Department of State in expanding opportunities for youth. You can find more information about the YWG and our various projects, along with the application, on our website. Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 26. The deadline to apply is February 28.

Please feel free to contact me ( with any questions about the application or the YWG.

Happy Friday!

Best wishes,

Katy Bullard
2015-2016 Fulbright ETA Grantee
443-717-2959 || LinkedIn

Millennial Work Values–25,000 surveys from 22 countries

Jennifer Deal and Alec Levenson. What Millenials Want From Work. McGraw-Hill Education, 2016.


Findings from surveys and interviews with over 25,000 Millennials from 22 countries were published in What Millenials Want From Work (2016).[1] The young adults born from 1980 to 1995 work in professional jobs requiring a university education and the majority live in the US. They represent both genders about equally and the authors didn’t find big differences in female and male responses. About a quarter are married but only 9% have children. They characterized Millennials similarly to other researchers who are pro-Millennial.


The authors explained that Millenials are viewed as entitled because they believe they should be able to voice their needs and suggestions even as entry-level employees to improve their team performance and they want work-life balance. However, the reality is they feel they’re often contacted after work, one-third work more than 10 hours a day, and almost one- third observe they’ll be viewed as less dedicated if they take advantage of a work-life program. The Millennials weren’t different from older generations surveyed in thinking they deserve the best, but they were less happy and more irritable, and less trusting of people.[2] Only 39% predict their quality of life will be higher than their parents’ lives.[3] The most optimistic lived in Russia, South Africa, Singapore and Mexico. They want frequent feedback and mentoring.


Most (97%) believe it’s important to work for an employer that shares their values and only 29% said they were motivated by being able to make a lot of money.[4] However, 99% think that their pay rate is important, partly because of concerns about debt (especially in Singapore, the US, UK, Russia and Italy). They want work to be interesting and altruistic. Most (92%) say that making the world a better place is at least somewhat important to them and 88% value involvement in community work.[5] A majority believes their employer is a good community citizen. Millennials want to learn about the global situation so they can help, more focused on international issues than older generations. Many would like to travel and work in another country.


Although Millennial are often said to value horizontal structures, more than three-quarters believe that hierarchies are useful and a majority like a clear chain of command—keep in mind many of the respondents are in management. In all 22 countries surveyed, a majority said they prefer working in a group rather than alone, with the exception of Korea and Japan.[6] The most group-oriented are Spain, Mexico, China, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands, all with over half in favor of groups.


Millennial women in the US are much more likely to volunteer and donate to charities than men, according to The Millennial Impact Report—91% of females had donated to charities compared to 84% of men.[7]

[1] Jennifer Deal and Alec Levenson. What Millenials Want From Work. McGraw-Hill Education, 2016, Chapter 1.

[2] Deal and Levenson, p. 56

[3] Deal and Levenson, p. 87.

[4] Deal and Levenson, Chapter 3.

[5] Deal and Levenson, p. 31, pp. 74-.

[6] Deal and Levenson, p. 121.

[7] Achieve, “The 2013 Millennial Impact Report,”

Click to access Millennial%20Impact%20Research.pdf

Girls’ Summit in Beijing, apply now

On August 8th & 9th, 2016, the 7th Annual G(irls)20 Summit will be held in Beijing, China!
Apply now for the chance to represent your country as one of the 2016 delegates!

China Summit 2016