The 4th annual Nexus Global Youth Summit took place at the most convenient time of service and volunteerism: during the holy month of Ramadhan! According to Islamic teachings, volunteering is a beneficial and productive form of sadaqa, or helping those in need. Not only does one benefit others, they are blessed and rewarded highly by Allah (SAW) and – a fact that is often overlooked – one learns how to become more productive in their everyday life.
And that is why I was happy (as always) to serve delegates on the first day, and later take part in other Summit events with the worlds’ “young and rich” for rest of the other days (2). Like how the Islamic faith encourages doing well and serving others, this event was, in many ways, a great opportunity for me to observe these practices.
I joined the Atlas Corps – Nexus official delegation at the welcome reception on 23rd August that took place at New York Times Center, and began my shift of volunteering the next morning. I was very enthusiastic about my responsibilities because like everyone else on the team, it was great getting to meet, greet and guide popular philanthropists and change makers at this fancy conference that took place at the UN Headquarters. Our responsibilities at the reception desk included handing out name tags, checking-in guests, distributing program manuals and any other relevant information about the day.
Serving and being helpful to others is a joyous thing to do when it’s done with devotion, goodwill and happiness, and that is what our team delivered that day. The event was a hub of networks from the young and rich to the old investors and potential change makers. I attended open discussions, plenary sessions and evening events with delegates from the conference.
The Summit benefitted me in the following ways:
- I derived great motivation from serving others on this day that enabled me to continue participating in other activities that followed in the next days. I was able to mingle with networks I had formed from the reception desk, feeling motivated to share more with others.
- The Summit provided me with an opportunity to reflect on my social good “goals” I set out to do at the beginning of this year, and assessing my progress so far. With inspiration from great philanthropists like Elizabeth Cohen Gerrol-Hughes, the Founder and CEO of Akilah Institute for Women, and Kosta Grammatis, CEO of A Human Right, to great plenary sessions about creating a world we want for everyone with the Rising Women, Rising World team where speakers like Jean Houston, Founder of Meridian University spoke. People are doing so much to make the world a better place, was I doing enough?
- And so, I set out to do more social good, to compete with other change makers to do more for my country than what I ready am! I know I am a change maker with the family I created at Nexus. #Iamanexus #wearenexus
About the Nexus Youth Summit:
Nexus is a global movement of 2000+ young people from over 70 countries working to increase and improve philanthropy and impact investing by bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 2011, Nexus puts the hope and promise of young people on the world stage, by bringing leaders together at Nexus Summits around the world for dialogue, education, and collaborative problem-solving.