Towards Young Latin American and
Global Citizens Summit

The purpose of the Summit is to discuss and reflect collectively on the opportunities and challenges faced by young Latin Americans so that they can participate adequately in an increasingly globalized world. In addition, strategies that support socialization processes that promote young people to develop as more tolerant and respectful citizens of cultural diversity in the 21st century will be analyzed. 

All scheduled events will be in English, and will take place at Youth for Understanding Chile, Ave. Nueva Tajamar 183, Of. 201, Santiago, Chile (Tobalaba Subway Station).

Registration for the Summit will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to limited space, we are able to accept only 50 participants. 


08:30 ‒ 08:45 a.m. Summit registration

Welcome remarks

8:45 ‒ 9:00 a.m. (Please be seated by 8:45 a.m.)
Anita Acevedo (Youth for Understanding)

First Panel: Approaching Millenials’ Priorities and Preferences

  9:00 ‒ 10:30 a.m

The aim of the first panel is to better understand the interests of young people today. In general, adolescents today have more information and opportunities than previous generations. For example, from an early age young people are highly interconnected and are taking full advantage of the new technologies. It seems that they live in a more competitive and individualistic world than before. It is worth reflecting collectively on who and how young people are today. What are the priorities and preferences of current teenagers? What motivates and excites them? What are their main concerns and fears? How do they visualize their social and academic future?.

Speakers: Jorge Blake (BCO Consulting), Magdalena Claro (Catholic University of Chile), Miguel Huerta (Education USA), Eleonora Nun (Espacio Público)
Chair: Hugo Rojas (Youth for Understanding)

  10:30 ‒ 11:00 a.m

Coffee Break

Second Panel: Challenges and Opportunities of Young Latin Americans in the 21st Century

11:00 ‒ 12:30 p.m

From the discussion of the previous panel, it is relevant to pay more attention to the specificities of Latin American youth. What does it mean to be a young Latin American today? What opportunities and difficulties do young Latin Americans have to develop as respectful and tolerant people? Taking into account the economic and social inequalities in Latin American countries, how can young Latin American leaders contribute to the reduction of social gaps?

Speakers: Guillermo Rolando (Ministry of Housing), Andrew Webb (Catholic University of Chile),  Ignacio Walker (Corporation of Studies for Latin America – CIEPLAN)

Chair: Anna Jerez (Youth for Understanding) 

Lunch break

12:30 ‒ 14:25 p.m (Please be seated by 14:25 p.m.)

Third Panel: From Local Youth to Global Youth: Dialogues, Synergies, and Transformations

2:30 ‒ 4:00 p.m

Having discussed Latin American youth in the previous panels, this session seeks to explore and analyze how teenagers are inserted into the global community. Student exchange programs contribute to a global education, enabling young people to participate in increasingly international processes. Additionally, this session seeks to discuss the different skills that young people require to lead global or transnational initiatives in the near future. One of the main challenges of today’s societies is to achieve an adequate balance between global currents and local identities, which concerns adolescents. How can we support young people to understand globalization and take advantage of its different dimensions?

Speakers: Sebastián Marambio (Ministry of Education), Amaranta Alfaro (The Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies – COES), María Loreto Martínez (Catholic University of Chile)
Chair: Catalina Laage (The Mount Tabor and Nazareth School)

4:00 ‒ 4:30 p.m

Coffee Break

Fourth Panel: Making Young People Global Citizens

 4:30 ‒ 6:00 p.m

How can we educate young people about global citizenship? Since T.H. Marshall enunciated the traditional concept of citizenship in 1948, it has evolved in the past decades. This panel will discuss how international exchange programs can contribute to Latin American youth becoming increasingly committed citizens with their communities. In addition, it will be explored how, from the exercise of citizenship, young Latin Americans can contribute to the improvement of democracy and human rights in the region.

Speakers: Daniel Miranda (The Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies – COES), Marcela Rentería (Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies-Harvard University)
Chair: Mónica Retamal (Kodea Foundation)

Hospitality Reception/Community Building

Cheese and wine
6:00 ‒ 7:00 p.m.

Speakers and Conveners

Anita Acevedo

President of Youth for Understanding. BSc in Social Work (University of the Pacific). MA in NLP Programming and specialization in Welfare Management, Corporate Social Responsability and Social Marketing (Catholic University of Chile).

Amaranta Alfaro

Researcher at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES). BA in Communication and Journalism (Diego Portales University), MA in Media, Communication & Cultural Studies (Kasel University & Roskilde University), Doctoral candidate in Communication (Hamburg University).

Jorge Blake

Founder and Director of BCO Consulting and Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Chile Institute of Sociology. BSc and MA in Sociology (Catholic University of Chile).

Magdalena Claro

Professor of Education at the Catholic University of Chile. BSc in Sociology (Catholic University of Chile), MSJ in Social Science and Education (Stanford University).

Miguel Huerta

Country Coordinator of EducationUSA and Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Social Media at Diego Portales University. BA in Communication and Media Studies (University of Notre Dame), MSc in Journalism, Media Strategy and Leadership (Northwestern University). He previously worked as General Producer of Teletrece.

Anna Jerez

Marketing Coordinator at Youth for Understanding – Chile. LLB (The University of the Basque Country), MSc in International Cooperation (The University of the Basque Country). She previously worked at UNICEF, UNDP and UNHCR. 

Catalina Laage

Headmaster of the Mount Tabor and Nazareth School. BSc in Education / English Teacher (Catholic University of Chile), MSc in Curriculum Education (Mayor University), certified in School Management and Leadership (Harvard University). She previously worked at the Ministry of Education in the Curriculum and Evaluation Unit.

Sebastián Marambio

Head of Innovation at the Ministry of Education. BA in Government (Harvard University), BA in Education / High School Teacher (Finis Terrae University). He previously worked at the Presidency of Chile and the Ministry of Finance.

María Loreto Martínez

Director of Penta UC and Professor of Psychology at the Catholic University of Chile. BSc on Psychology (Catholic University of Chile), MA and PhD in Psychology (University of Maryland).

Daniel Miranda

Adjunct Researcher at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and Researcher at Mide UC. BSc in Psychology (University of Talca), MA in Psychology and PhD in Sociology (Catholic University of Chile).

Eleonora Nun

Researcher Espacio Público. BSc in Sociology (University of Chile), Master in Public Policy (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin). She previously worked at the UNDP and ECLAC.

Mónica Retamal

Founder and CEO of Kodea Foundation and Director of Ki Teknology. BA in Communication and Journalism (Diego Portales University). 

Marcela Rentería

Executive Director Rockefeller Center for latin American Studies – Harvard University and Board Director of América Solidaria. BSc in Communications (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), MA in Intercultural Relations (Lesley University).

Hugo Rojas

Professor of Sociology of Law at Alberto Hurtado University and Board Member of Youth for Understanding – Chile. MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society (London School of Economics), MA in Public Policy (Adolfo Ibáñez University), DPhil in Sociology (University of Oxford).

Guillermo Rolando

Vice Minister of Housing. BSc in Civil Engineering (Catholic University of Chile), Master in Public Policy (Harvard University). Founder of América Solidaria and Fútbol Más.

Ignacio Walker

Senior Researcher at the Corporation of Studies for Latin America – CIEPLAN. LLB (University of Chile), PhD in Political Science (University of Princeton). He previously served as Senator and Foreign Minister of Chile.

Andrew Webb

Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of Chile. BSc in Sociology (University of Bristol), MA in Social Research (University of Leeds), PhD in Sociology (University of Cambridge).


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