Welcome to Y2Y Community


a multifaceted network of young professionals dedicated to
engaging, inspiring, and empowering young people in global development.

Who We Are

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Y2Y is a community of young professionals within the World Bank Group (WBG), as well as external partners, who provide a reservoir of fresh ideas and perspectives to contribute to the WBG’s vision of “achieving a world free of poverty”.

What We Do

What We Do

Y2Y coordinates events and activities that promote the community’s objectives including:
Youth Innovation Fund, Mentorship program, Youth Voices, Global Youth Climate Network, Global Youth Conference, Networking opportunities, Community service, and many more!

Programs

Global Youth Climate Network

Global Youth Climate Network

GYCN is a new Y2Y initiative that aims to act as a catalyst for youth, both at the Bank and throughout the world, to work together to develop and implement initiatives that raise awareness and mitigate climate change. We see climate change as the defining issue of this generation and seek the opportunity to amplify awareness and take action in partnership with other organizations working in this field. Initiatives planned for FY18 include the launch of both the GYCN Global Ambassador Program and the GYCN Climate-smart Youth Entrepreneurship Fund, as well as climate-related events and fundraisers throughout the year including the GYCN Launch Happy Hour, a Guinness World Record Attempt, and the Climate Run 5K/15K charity run.

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Youth Innovation Fund (YIF)

Youth Innovation Fund (YIF)

The YIF provides an opportunity for the WBG youth to design and implement development projects around the world with the purpose of channeling fresh ideas into WBG operations while engaging and empowering youth. Grants are given to project teams on a competitive basis, bringing together individuals from different WBG units and countries, to promote innovation, create impact, and leverage resources from the new generation of development professionals.

Mentorship Program

Mentorship Program

The Y2Y Mentorship program seeks to empower youth employees as they embark on their careers through fostering one-on-one relationships between youth WBG employees (including consultants) and senior staff. Since its launch in 2007, the program has supported over 500 mentorship pairs on a voluntary and informal basis, which has led to strong, meaningful professional relationships across the WBG.

Youth Voices

Youth Voices

Inspired by WBG initiative “Voices of the Poor”, the Youth Voices program seeks to understand the burden of poverty from those who bear it.

First initiated in 2002 by the World Bank Country office in Lima, Peru as Youth New Voices (Voces Nuevas), the program was a voluntary advisory group comprised of 23 young men and women from various backgrounds. The major positive impact the Program had on the ongoing World Bank’s projects in the country were the “young, fresh and innovative” ideas and viewpoints these youth contributed. Replicating and scaling up this youth advisory group in all interested country offices, the current Y2Y’s “Youth Voices” contributes to the Y2Y mission of “empowering, inspiring, and engaging youth around the world”, illuminating new perspectives on poverty for decision makers.

Events

Join us March 30th at 6:00 PM at L2 Lounge in Georgetown. Our International Organization Happy Hour will feature tunes by DJ Russell.
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We invite you to be part of an International Development Happy Hour organized by the World Bank Youth to Youth (Y2Y), the WBG-IMF Fulbright Alumni, the IFC Young Professionals Network, the IMF Young Professionals and the IMF Research Analysts and Officers’ Community Assoc...
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The International Organizations Holiday Party was held on December 2, 1017 All proceeds from the event went to chosen Non-Profits engaged for Youth and Education – see Non-Profits details below. – Cultivando Sonrisas is a nonprofit organization that provides a...
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Testimonials

I joined the World Bank at a relatively young age, at 24, and I strongly believe that if I stand tall today, I stand on the shoulders of others – senior staff who have mentored me over the years.

Manager, Development Finance

Bhuvan Bhatnagar

Bhuvan Bhatnagar

Our Team

David Wachira

David Wachira

Co-Secretary

Dr. David Wachira is a speaker, mentor and philanthropist. His passion is largely focused on the youth, where he is committed to helping create a world in which they are able to actively manifest their dreams and gifts into reality.
Manuela Dimuccio Gonzalez

Manuela Dimuccio Gonzalez

Co-Secretary

Manuela is a young leader in the field of event project management supporting the Vice President and World Bank Group (WBG) Chief Information Officer (CIO). She published The Organizer’s Guide for International Exhibitions, a manual that highlights the processes and phases of project management to create a sustainable legacy and boost economic growth. As a WBG intrapreneur and tech enthusiast, Manuela was the ICT Content Lead during the 2017 WBG Youth Summit on Technology and Innovation for Impact. She initiated the Youth Tech series at the WBG, events focused on emerging technologies to bridge connections between international organizations, young innovators, techies, entrepreneurs, global changers and rising-star leaders. Manuela is a first-generation graduate student earning a Master of Science in International Management from the University of Bologna. Her motto: live, learn and never give up!

Daniela Gorza

Daniela Gorza

Youth Innovation Fund Co-Chair

Daniela loves traveling, European movies, simple ideas, great conversations and fixing inefficiencies.

Holti Banka

Holti Banka

Partnerships and Events Co-Chair

“Climb High, Climb Far, your Goal the Sky, your Aim the Star.”

Otylia Babiak

Otylia Babiak

Partnerships and Events Co-Chair

Outside of work and courses, Otylia enjoys gardening, biking, dancing, and dreaming up business ideas.

Coralie Vannoye

Coralie Vannoye

Partnerships and Events Co-Chair

Coralie believes that “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Pooja Thapar

Pooja Thapar

Partnerships and Events Co-Chair

Pooja loves traveling, eating good food, and sitting by the Potomac with an engaging book.

Georgie Chisholm

Georgie Chisholm

Youth Innovation Fund Co-Chair

Georgie has returned to co-chair the YIF for the second year and is excited to launch the first-ever YIF Pitch Contest.

Chen-Chen Tung

Chen-Chen Tung

Youth Innovation Fund Co-Chair

Chen-Chen thinks “It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution, but it’s also a clear path to happiness.”

Luigi Lannutti

Luigi Lannutti

Youth Innovation Fund Co-Chair

If he wasn’t at IFC, Luigi would be an investigator of the human mind.

Aminata Ndiaye

Aminata Ndiaye

Mentorship Co-Chair

Aminata believes in the power of learning from oneself through interacting with others.

Saleema Vellani

Saleema Vellani

Mentorship Co-Chair

Saleema is passionate about empowering the developing world through entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. She is also a polyglot and foodie!

Karla Mirari Yee Amezaga

Karla Mirari Yee Amezaga

Mentorship Co-Chair

Karla enjoys volunteering, coding, and walking around the city while listening to interesting podcasts.

Ketevan Nozadze

Ketevan Nozadze

Youth Voices Co-Chair

15 years ago, Keti was one of the Youth Voices in Georgia that evoked her passion for international development and the role of youth to drive the process

Jihane Bergaoui

Jihane Bergaoui

Youth Voices Co-Chair

Jihane recently moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she spends much of her free time feasting on Lebanese Mezze and exploring her new home base.

Sindhu Kumari

Sindhu Kumari

Youth Voices Co-Chair

In her spare time, Sindhu enjoys traveling, running, cooking and spending time with friend and family

Emily Yan

Emily Yan

Youth Voices Co-Chair

Beibei, Chinese national, has been in a happy relationship with the Y2Y since 2015. She’s now based in Addis Ababa.

Grace Sinaga

Grace Sinaga

Communication Co-Chair

A Third Culture Kid & former musician who believes that education is a mighty weapon to combat gender inequality.

Yibing Tang

Yibing Tang

Communication Co-Chair

Yibing’s current interests lie in visual design, machine learning, and Pure Barre.

Ashley Cohen

Ashley Cohen

Communication Co-Chair

Outside of work Ashley can be found catching the latest advance movie screening or enjoying a cycle class.

Sandra Jensson

Sandra Jensson

Communications Co-Chair

In her spare time, Sandra loves to spend time with family and friends, discover new places and baking.

Background

The idea of “Y2Y” was first discussed on September 18, 2003, after the World Bank Group President,
Mr. James Wolfensohn had met with youth from more than 70 countries convening at the World
Bank’s Youth Development and Peace Conference in Sarajevo. At this conference, President
Wolfensohn committed the WBG to mainstreaming youth participation and engagement, which
prompted a few young people at the Bank to start defining the role of young people inside the World
Bank Building on the momentum of this event, Y2Y was founded on February 27, 2004, with the
objective of providing young people in the WBG with a greater institutional role.

For more than 12 years, our program has provided the WBG access to the wealth of knowledge and
innovation as we contribute to the youth agenda and the broader WBG twin goals. Headed by a
volunteer Steering Committee consisting of WBG staff, Y2Y continues to promote youth ideas and
ideals into WBG operations and provides a fresh look at how its members can end extreme poverty
and create shared prosperity through its primary programs: Youth Innovation Fund (YIF),
Partnership and Events, Mentorship, and Youth Voices.

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