For some, a long run is a simple personal achievement – a mountain to climb during the day. For others, like American college student Rachel Bergsieker, these personal achievements come with an even larger purpose.
Some donations are like the froth skimmed off a cappuccino, an act of benevolence enabled by a life of work and fortune. But young people without a steady job must deploy their creative energies to fund-raise – whether re-purposing birthday gifts or staging rock concerts, like American Derick Schubert. Derick, who threw himself into raising funds for WFP as he was battling terminal cancer, is a poignant example among the hundreds of young people who each year mobilize awareness and funds to fight hunger:
We all have our own reasons for getting involved in solving hunger. Our online intern this month hopes to inspire as many people as possible to join WFP’s work and to do their part to help out. Studying at Auburn University in Alabama, US, she became involved in anti-hunger initiatives. Amongst her experiences, the reality that hunger is not only a global but also a local issue in her community motivated her to become a WFP student online intern. Meet Devin Yeomans from the United States.
On 5 August, it’s all about youth at the UN! To celebrate this year’s International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials will speak directly with young people from around the world.