It was Thursday, 16th of June, I was having my normal day at the college. After having dinner, when I opened my mailbox I was astonished to get the email from Susan Parker-Burns (Public Public Affairs Officer U.S. Embassy Kathmandu) congratulating me for being member of U.S Embassy Youth Council 2015, a group of 53 exceptional Nepali youth from across the country. I came to know about U.S Embassy Youth Council last year through its YouTube channel when one day I got something of my choice that really inspires me. It might be the video of the first council member’s orientation program/conference with the inspiring speech of Anil K. Sah, CEO Mega Bank. He quotes “In Agriculture we need to put two things, We need to put PRIDE back in agriculture and we need to enhance the productivity.”
As I came to know about USYC activities, I applied for council member of 2014 but I was not selected. 2014 was a great year for me, I was successful to build up my nice portfolio working with YPARD and AYN networks which inspires me to apply for USYC2015.
All the selected members were invited for orientation retreat on 14th -18th of July, 2015 at Hotel Pokhara Grande, Pokhara.
Look through the eyes of other, Grow bigger than difference, Lead the new beginning, BE a CHANGE MAKER!!!
My 3 days experience on orientation program was amazing. The amazing part was that everything for us was totally a SURPRISE. We were not provided with program schedule and when facilitator announced about the upcoming session introducing panelist and speakers in amazing way, it got so much interesting and engaging. Our 53 group was diverse and dynamic, when we got introduced with each other for the first time, the conversation lasted long. I feel so much amused always to know people who discuss about their work, achievements and ideas. It was interesting to know about past activities of USYC and YUWA which motivates to be a change maker.
— Peter W. Bodde (@AmbPeterBodde) July 17, 2015
It was really a pleasure for us to have the visionary change makers and public figures in the dais. The open & creative discussion forum led us fully express our views and ideas. The motivational speeches of Narottam Aryal and Saunak Bhatta was totally a BLAST. The best part was to listen startup stories of Basu Tripathi, Lucky Chhetri, Bir Bahadur Ghale, Ujwal Thapa and Bhawana Ghimire which really inspired to think differently and to struggle to bring a desired change.
The best days with dynamic youths, YUWA’s team, U.S Embassy, Mina Didi, Apar Dae, Kanchan Dae was really a memorable moment. Games, comedy jokes, late night Busy Bee hangouts, music and dance was moments of enjoyment and a nice way to know people personally.
This orientation program is the new beginning and gave responsibility to do something for greater good. I would like to thanks U.S Embassy, Mina Didi, Apar Dae, Kanchan Dae, entire YUWA team, USYC past and present members to make 4 days once in a lifetime moments.
It won’t stop here, it’s just a beginning. It’s an experience that stays lifetime. It’s a network. The power of few will shape the future. There is still much more to do, much more to experience to give new direction for our society where we can fully express our potential.
— Madan Poudel (@mdnpoudel) July 17, 2015
It’s time to work Today for better Tomorrow!
[USYC2015 is a working hub of energetic change makers from diverse fields. USYC focuses on helping the U.S government better engage with young people to help solve the pressing challenges of today; also building greater global connectivity and networks to shape the world. USYC was created in 2011 by U.S Ambassador Scott H.DeLisi and is run by partner organization YUWA. USYC2015 is a network representing members from diverse fields.]