On August 7th, the World Bank Group and Youth2Youth (Y2Y) network welcomed a group of Chinese students visiting the United Nations in New York and the World Bank in Washington D.C. The group met with World Bank staff to learn more about the institution and discuss success factors for young people in their education and early career choices.
Comprised of over 100 students and young professionals, the group visited the World Bank to understand the institution’s role in poverty reduction, listened to experiences by experts and young professionals in developing a meaningful career while sharing their views and aspirations as emerging leaders of China. In the seminar, the participants met with the newly-elected Y2Y steering committee, learned about its mission as the World Bank’s youth community dedicated to building channels to cultivate fresh ideas and perspectives into World Bank operations.
A video presentation highlighting the partnership between the World Bank and the People’s Republic of China over the past 30 years was also shared with the participants. Many students showed great interest in the breadth and scope of the World Bank’s support to China and asked a number of highly insightful questions. The group was also introduced to the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF), a Y2Y sponsored initiative which provides youth at the World Bank Group an opportunity to design and implement projects focusing on innovation, efficiency and impact on youth development around the world.