November 12, 2016

2016 Young Leaders Program

Please download the Young Leaders Program agenda here.


Global Goals Session Biographies


Kate Pawelczyk works with UNICEF’s global Division of Communication, with a focus on building efforts to engage adolescents and young people. She previously worked in UNICEF’s South Africa Country Office for 4 years then came to NY in 2012 to work on youth engagement Voices of Youth – UNICEF global online community for young people who are passionate about changing the world. As part of her work she also focuses on digital citizenship and safety – examining the role of technology in the lives of adolescents and youth, and how to maximize the opportunities while reducing the risks that go along with it. She studied journalism and development studies in South Africa.


Tori Curbelo is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Community Engagement Fellow for New York City, New York. Her role is to serve as a grassroots and national spokesperson for children and bring together networks of faith-based communities, schools, universities, volunteers, advocates, elected leaders, and others to unite on behalf of children. Leveraging U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s education, advocacy, and fundraising initiatives, she works to create transnational change in the lives of children around the world, empowering people to act locally. UNICEF is the world’s largest humanitarian organization for children, working in over 190 different countries to save lives and put children first.

Tori’s advocacy for children’s rights has led her everywhere from conducting briefings at the United Nations to creating a child trafficking podcast entitled, “”The Ending Human Trafficking Locally and Globally Podcast.”” She also sits on several coalitions. In 2016, Tori completed her Master’s in Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health, focusing her studies on Community and Urban Health. She previously earned her Bachelor of Arts in Italian and Political Science at College of the Holy Cross.


Adam Canarick is a senior at Syosset High School who resides in Woodbury, New York. He is a multifaceted young man who is creative, athletic, and deeply committed to participating in community service and conducting research. After participating on the board for the past two years, he is honored to be President of the school’s largest community service club, Interact, with over 300 students. He acts as club liaison with the community by organizing events and fundraisers, with the ultimate goal of raising money to sponsor life-saving heart surgeries for children from around the world. As captain of Syosset High School’s varsity tennis team, he hopes to help lead the team to a third consecutive County Championship victory. He also enjoys sharing his love of tennis and helping in his community by volunteering weekly with the Special Olympics, teaching athletes with varying disabilities of all ages tennis techniques and strategies. He enjoys participating in the National Art Honor Society Club where he creates artwork distributed within the community to nursing homes and hospitals. He is excited to be involved in the Memory Project, where he will paint portraits for disadvantaged youth around the world.

For the past four years he has immersed himself into several areas of independent research. He developed various assistive tennis devices to allow disabled individuals to play tennis in hope to emphasize the ability, rather than the disability, of such individuals. In college next year, Adam plans to combine his two passions of art and technology.


Nipuna is the Founder & Chairman of IVolunteer International: a non-profit organization operating to elevate the quality of human life across the globe. He is currently studying Business Economics with a minor in International Studies at Armstrong State University, Savannah. On campus, he is the Secretary of the Rotaract Club and the Parliamentarian of the Student Government Association Senate. He was a Georgia Rotary Scholar (2015/16). He was the recipient of the Barbara M. & Donald L. Thomas Peace Award (2015), Student Alumni Volunteer of the year (2016), Outstanding Leadership Service Award, NRHH-Armstrong (2016).

He was affiliated with the Interact District 3220 (2014) where he served as the President of the Interact Club of Royal College and the District Interact Secretary of the District 3220. He was awarded as the Most Outstanding Interactor (2013), Best President Award (2013) and the best RYLArian Award (2012). Nipuna is also the recipient of the “”Lalith Athulathmudali””- Most Outstanding Royalist of the Year (2106) presented by His Excellency The President of Sri Lanka.

Nipuna is interested in International Relations, Public Policy, Conflict Prevention and Diplomacy. After his graduation, he hopes to pursue his education in Peace & Conflict Resolution.


Aniqah Zowmi is an undergraduate student at Brock University with a passion for youth empowerment and social innovation. She hopes to create a future that will allow her to empower youth through social innovation to build communities, lobbying for youth engagement at all levels of civic and governmental organizations. She is currently working to develop a toolkit that will provide a strategic plan for the Niagara Region to engage and retain youth long-term through social innovation. Aniqah is a 3M National Student Fellow of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, an honour awarded to youth who have “demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives and at their college or university.” She has been recognized as one of twenty Emerging Social Innovators across Canada by Ashoka and American Express for her work advocating for marginalized youth. In November 2015, she represented Canada at the Commonwealth Youth Forum, creating a communique presented to Prince Charles and Commonwealth Heads of Governments on economic policies pertaining to youth entrepreneurship.

maxton-r-scotland“Good habit formed at youth makes the difference.” [Aristotle]. I have, from a very young age, developed an immense passion for youth development and gender equality. This passion championed my desire to become actively involved with Rotaract and Global MUN. Over the years, I have helped in developing programmes and strategies, directed towards youth empowerment. There are many unexploited avenues through which young people can express themselves, find their identity and belonging. However, there are also many communication barriers that prevent this. I enlisted in the UK Armed Forces and served for almost 6 years. It was through this medium that I sought to harness the requisite training and skill(s) to understand young adults across cultural barriers. Such experience instilled within me a greater appreciation of both differences and commonalities, in addition to the challenges presented by promoting a culture of peace and mutual understanding. My educational background includes an MSc. in Security Studies from London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, and undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies and also at Westminster University. There I pursued studies in Politics, International Relations, Journalism and Linguistics respectively. Like many others, I would like to see the world humanised. Active involvement in combating gender inequality, marginalisation and radicalisation amongst our youth is needed, as well as urgent action to correct education disparity. The International Decision Making Body, under the guidance of Rotaract Global MUN, provides a platform through which young people can engage in erudite discussions on these important issues, as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This, therefore, places 21st-century youth in a unique position to capitalise on whatever limited resources are at their disposal, to engineer change. I am extremely proud to be part of this process.