Email received this week (edited down to shortern it):
A TRIBUTE TO MY MENTORS
To my mentors & inspiration:
It is an honor to be acquainted with you all. Having finished a milestone in my life, I would like to pay tribute to the people who have been an inspiration.
Dr. Elaine Valdov and Patrick Sciarratta, you have devoted your life to give opportunities and a voice to young individuals. The International Youth Council would not be possible had it not been for your vision. I only wish nothing but success for The Youth Assembly and your work at the United Nations.
Most importantly the Youth (Many of whom attended the annual Youth Assembly at the united Nations; ed.):
Ahmad Alhawandawi, Jaime Ansorge, Asha Castleberry– the founders of the International Youth Council, I am in debt to you all. The opportunity that you have given me, has defined and given structure to my life. You have succeeded in your vision in bringing young individuals together in pursuit of supporting the Millenium Development Goals from all over the world.
Simon Fayard, Karolina Pormanczuk, Carla Banson, Isabella Schlipp, Chloe Hall, Emmanuel Onywera, Sari Myers, and Bertch Ian Ranis —it is because of young individuals like you that inspire me to change the world – at any magnitude. You are all so amazing.
Angela Jhanji, Miguel Toro, Eric Dales Jillian & Rebecca Thomsen (Young at heart), I have written a separate tribute to all of you. Yet, I thought it was important to include you in this tribute as well, The Youth Assembly at the UN has brought us together, and I am sure that our friendship will last a lifetime.
Since I was 11, it has always been my passion to change world-- at a magnitude enough to save other lives other than my own. That passion has been channeled to devote my life to benefit our environment. There is an African proverb, "If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together." During this epic challenge, we have to go far, fast. As our world is in midst of a ‘global emergency, we should prepare and look forward for a life devoted to finding solutions to prevent climate change and it’s disastrous effects. I am positive that our generation can avert the effects of global warming.
I am very fortunate to be able to be acquainted with each and every one of you, as you are my inspiration. It is due to your drive and passion to create a healthier, safer, and cleaner environment for our generation that encourages young individuals, such as myself, to do the same.