Empowering Youth

Lindsay Young

Lindsay Young '14
MA in Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management

I was working in the gaming industry for over ten years in different capacities before I decided I'd had enough and it was time to go back to school. I knew I wanted to pursue a graduate program in business, but I didn't want to stay in San Francisco. When looking for programs, I stumbled upon AUP's Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management. What really struck me were the terms 'cross-cultural' and 'sustainable'. I hadn't seen them anywhere else, and they meant a great deal to me.

Just out of high school, I volunteered at the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, which focused on people working and living with HIV, and had me training them to run workshops for youths at risk in their community. From there, I continued to volunteer in various SF-based organizations. Whether I was working or in college or both, I made volunteering a priority. A few years before leaving my job in the game industry, I decided that I wanted the experience gained through volunteering to be more than just a priority: I wanted it to be my career focus. This year at AUP, I've been able to take some important steps towards making that become a reality.

I've started an internship with UNESCO, with a program of theirs called Youth Mobile Initiative. It's a new initiative, which empowers young people - specifically girls - to build mobile apps in developing countries. Once these girls learn how to build the apps - ones that address local issues in sustainability, such as the lack of water wells - they will learn how to enterprise and sell them, making the apps a sustainable part of the economy of that area. Ideally, then, these youths can start training their peers to do the same. The plan is to empower young people in underdeveloped countries, starting within parts of Africa. For now, we're in Phase 1, in which three people, including myself, are reaching out to top mobile app programmers, trainers, and providers to gather as much information from them as possible and eventually invite them to hold a symposium on the topic in Paris. Ironically, although I sought to get away from the gaming industry, I'm finding myself contacting my gaming contacts for resources! It turns out my experience is helpful with this particular project, one which somehow brings together both my fields of expertise.

Everyone loves to challenge one another in a respectful way and our communication is always constructive, in and outside of class. We've also learned to support and count on one another. That's important, especially when you're studying abroad. - Lindsay Young

At the moment, we have both a Danish and American professor teaching two of our courses. The nature of our classes is that teachers encourage their students to create dialogue. All of us value that about the classes. It's brought us together, and we've learned to understand and value different ideas and perspectives. Everyone loves to challenge one another in a respectful way and our communication is always constructive, in and outside of class. We've also learned to support and count on one another. That's important, especially when you're studying abroad.

I've always been fortunate enough to travel with my family, but this is my first experience living outside of America. I love Paris. I love my street, my bakery. I love the metro, for better or worse. The second I begin to know the public transportation system of a city inside out, I feel like it's home. I'm open to staying here longer. I'd really like to see where this UNESCO internship takes me. But to ensure I have as many options out there as possible, I'm also interested in continuing my studies by pursuing an MBA through the AUP partnership with DePaul University, a unique and innovative program where I can earn both the MA and MBA in two years time. We'll see what happens, but in the meantime, Paris definitely feels like home. 
 

Lindsay Young

Lindsay Young '14
MA in Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management

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