Comic Relief US Launches Youth Advisory Council to Partner on Grantmaking Strategy

By GlobeNewswire

Comic Relief US's Youth Advisory Council is comprised of eight trail-blazing young leaders from across the US and around the world who will work alongside the grantmaking team to inform the organization’s Red Nose Day grants portfolio.New York, NY, Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Comic Relief US is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural Youth Advisory Council, comprised of eight trail-blazing young leaders from across the US and around the world. Over the next year, Council Members will work alongside Comic Relief US’s grantmaking team to inform the organization’s Red Nose Day grants portfolio across four pillars, ensuring children are safe, healthy, educated and empowered, with greater opportunities to thrive. In addition, each Council Member will receive a stipend, access to training and mentorship, shared learning opportunities with their peers, and the opportunity to co-develop a seed funding program for youth-led organizations. This new participatory grantmaking strategy further enhances Comic Relief US’s commitment to innovative approaches to achieve the organization’s mission of a just world free from poverty.“Poverty is a complex and global issue. To address it effectively, we must account for the ways that gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, migrant status and other aspects of identity intersect and differentiate the experience of poverty across the globe,” said Lorelei Williams, Senior Vice President of Grants Programs, Comic Relief US. “In today’s increasingly globalized world, it is critical that the ideation of solutions to tackle poverty and the implementation of those solutions be done in an inclusive manner. The creation of the Youth Advisory Council enables Comic Relief US to engage with and learn from an incredible group of young leaders who have committed their lives to social change, while further enhancing the organization’s grants program.”  Inaugural Council Members include: * Giuliana Bryan Alvarez is a 23-year-old Colombian political scientist and community leader who has represented African-descendent and Indigenous Colombian youth across a number of areas. She is currently an ambassador of the One Young World organization, and serves as a project coordinator for youth and community empowerment at Manos Visibles (Visible Hands), a non-profit organization in Colombia. * Olja Busbaher, 24, immigrated to the US in 1997 with her family as a refugee following the ethnic genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This experience and her multi-cultural background inspired Olja to devote her career to the promotion of education access, refugee rights and gender equality in the …read more

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