The importance of STEM for global citizens: sharing experiences at YMCA175
Natalie Cheung, London STEM Ambassador Coordinator at STEM Learning, was recently invited to talk at the YMCA175, a four-day event held at ExCeL London.
2019 is the YMCA’s landmark 175th anniversary year, and the YMCA175 demonstrated their value as a platform for youth innovation and youth-led solutions.
Operating in 119 countries, with 64 million people reached annually around the world, YMCA is the oldest and largest youth movement in the world. Prior to joining STEM Learning, Natalie volunteered at a YMCA overseas programme, where she led a team of British and Togolese volunteers to deliver skills programmes to economically empower young people in Lomé, Togo.
Natalie was selected as one of the TED-Ed speakers at YMCA175. TED-Ed is the youth and education initiative of TED – a global community which believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
Speaking to an audience of over 3,000, including the President of the UN General Assembly and leaders from across the global YMCA movement, Natalie’s talk focused on women in STEM and the importance of STEM for all who want to see change in the world.
Following the talk, Natalie said:
"After months of looking forward to YMCA175, it exceeded all my expectations. Throughout the event I was inspired by young leaders from across the world who advocate for changes in their communities. I am so grateful to be selected as a speaker to share my story and passion with the audience of incredible change-makers."