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SEYO 2022’s Young Change Makers

By Esther Akinyemi, Harmonie Foundation, Gabriel Nobre, Orquesta Geraçao, and Carlos Fontán, Pedagogic Director and General Manager, SEYO 2022


Esther’s (second from right) working group shares their ideas. Photo: Laura Plaza/Design for Change.

On July 14, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música became a celebration of youth, joy, and social commitment. Celebrating its fourth anniversary, the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra (SEYO) welcomed 140 young people from socio-musical programs all over Europe. The week’s slogan: “We play to transform the world.”

As part of the week of music-making, SEYO 2022 held a Leadership School for Change Makers, which trained young people to be future leaders in their communities. Participants were asked to consider the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), coming up with actions that might help achieve these goals. During the week, participants experienced the different phases of the methodology taught by the international organization Design for Change, who collaborated with SEYO during the week. In empowering these young people to dream big, the program integrated the SDGs, music, and youth ownership—so that solutions were designed with, and not for, young people. At the conclusion of the week, the change makers shared their powerful vision during SEYO’s General Assembly.

Two of our young change makers, Esther Akinyemi and Gabriel Nobre, share their experiences from the week here.

The full article is here: SEYO 2022’s Young Change Makers – The Ensemble @ Longy (ensemblenews.org)