The Global Events & Partnerships team mobilizes resources and collaborative partnerships to support SDSN Youth’s operations, and collaborates on global events to facilitate dialogue on youth related issues.
Kayla Colyard serves as the Events & Partnerships Lead, which includes the management and coordination of SDSN Youth’s annual Vatican Youth Symposium hosted in partnership with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Kayla also works as the Education Coordinator at the SDSN’s flagship education initiative, the SDG Academy, based at the Secretariat office of the SDSN in New York City. Her professional interests lie at the intersection of change management, youth empowerment, technology and innovation, quality access to education, corporate social responsibility, and storytelling as a tool for progressive change. Previous international and domestic work experience includes the American Red Cross, SOS Children's Village, CIEE, and organizations for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kayla holds dual Masters degrees in International Development and Business Administration from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She received her BS from the University of Delaware, where she studied Human Services, Sociology, and Psychology.
The Vatican Youth Symposium gathers a diverse group of young people from different backgrounds and disciplines for an annual event at the Vatican. For two days, these young people will work towards solutions on the biggest challenges facing our world today.Learn more
We run a number of events in partnership with organizations, enabling young leaders to identify opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and solutions. We also have a number of webinars covering different SDG topics with eminent experts on sustainable development from academia, business, civil society, and the public sector.Learn more