The We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2011 by musician Nile Rodgers. This year, the foundation resumes its partnership with SAP, a multinational software company with a history of working with charities and foundations, in delivering tech education for its Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders this year.
On the 16th of January, PRNewswire reports that the We Are Family Foundation has announced its full list of participants for the 2020 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders (GTLs). The Three Dot Dash is a global youth initiative of WAFF that was inspired by the late Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a 13-year old New York Times best-selling poet and peacemaker. The initiative is a year-long social entrepreneur incubator and mentoring program that focuses on addressing the issues on basic human needs and global communities.
These participants will have the honor to represent 18 countries from 6 continents. The representatives, consisting of thirty-five teens aged 15 to 19 years old, were carefully selected from hundreds of applicants. These teens will use their creativity to innovate technologies that will impact the world positively. These carefully selected and curated individuals are encouraging change to society by creating tools to detect serious illnesses, developing urban gardens, healing relationships between communities and the police force, and many others.
Nile Rodgers, the Co-Founder and Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation, shared his thoughts on the new class of Global Teen Leaders and praised their potentials in alleviating the world’s situation. He said:
“…this profound thought came to me, ‘If our Summit took place during an apocalypse, our Global Teen Leaders would have the knowhow to survive and rebuild.'”
In its celebration for 12 years of Three Dot Dash, WAFF also said that it is honoured to continue its partnership with SAP. In his statement, Rodgers added:
“We are grateful to have SAP as our partner again this year. Their commitment to recognize and support young changemakers and socially conscious humans is an example for all global corporations.”
Meanwhile, Alexandra van der Ploeg, the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility of SAP SE, spoke on behalf of SAP and said that they are privileged to work with the young innovative leaders in possibly transforming the world. She was quoted saying:
“…it is our privilege to work alongside young innovative leaders and collaborate on ideas that will transform the world. These thirty-five social entrepreneurs embody SAP’s higher purpose to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.”
She referred to the 35 representatives as “not only the leaders of tomorrow, they are leading change, today” and encouraged the public, private and social sectors to embrace and value and actions of the GTLs.
The 2020 Global Teen Leaders comprise of representatives from Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Germany, Ireland, India, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vietnam, and the USA. The 2020 GTLs will gather in WAFF’s 12th Three Dot Dash Just Peace Summit in New York City on the 27th of March to the 3rd of April, 2020.