Success Stories

Your experience with Younga is just the beginning not the end. We're dedicated to creating platforms that amplify your perspectives and impact. Here are some of the amazing opportunities we have created for our community to date.

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United Nations feature

Upskill scholarship

Artist showcase

Ambassadorship and awards

VoiceOut Squad

Leadership and policy

World Ocean Day

Peace And Justice
Emily Copeland's art for the UN headquarters

Emily Copeland

We are so excited to spotlight one of our BridgingTheGap Community Members, Emily Copeland. Emily is a 24-year-old Canadian artist whose work consists of a flair for realism with a passion for creating art that moves people and relates to the human experience. Along with her work as an artist, Emily has been committed to creating change and connecting with people In addition to being a YOUNGA delegate she was an impact NFT finalist for our 2021 Miami Art Week installation. Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed as with her impact mission, as an impact artist from our community she was selected to be a part of an immersive art installation advocating for youth inclusion, lighting up the United Nations Headquarters building and Times Square in New York City, preceding the start of the global UN meeting Stockholm+50.
Un Building projecting images
Equality And Inclusion
Umang's testimonial

Umang Dhingra

YOUNGA 2021 presentation and facilitation opportunity

Heroine’s Internship

BridgingTheGap teamed up with the Heroines Lab to create—and recruit—a next-gen cohort for their successful women in leadership program

As a YOUNGA alum, Umang was selected for the Young Heroines Internship where she received a scholarship worth €2100 to attend the Heroine’s Journey’s Spring Innovation Lab—an intensive program that involved virtual classes, user research, innovation, and design practices.

Through her internship Umang assumed leadership roles in the cohort and actively participated in Socratic dialogues with women in leadership; even our partners at The Heroine’s Journey were in awe of her contribution to the program.

Following her internship, Umang was further earned the opportunity to be a speaker and facilitate a peer-led session at the YOUNGA 2021 festival. She proceeded to work collaboratively with our partners to develop the curriculum of a 2-hour long session and lead a socratic dialogue. The session was extremely well attended, with participants from nearly 40 countries.
Umang Dhingra
“The past few weeks have been an incredible learning experience with Canay, Desiree and the entire Spring 2021 Heroine’s Journey cohort. Having the exposure to learn 5D conscious business modeling, socratic dialogue, creating exponential-value ecosystems and regenerative storytelling in a beautiful community of women has been awe-inspiring.

I’m even more excited to take my learning from the program and work with the brilliant team behind Bridging TheGap Ventures (especially our mentor Kelly Lovell) to develop opportunities that increases the presence women hold in entreprenurial circles by democratizing access to learning opportunities, mentors and acquiring vital transferable skills from the very beginning of their careers. We intend to present at the 2021 YOUNGA conference. So immensely grateful for the opportunity to impact young women and girls Globally!”
Climate Action And Sustainable Living

Lilly Daychief

Impact NFT Artist

Impact NFT Artist / Miami Art Week Showcase

Lilly Daychief is a 19-year-old female Impact Artist from Turtle Island in Ontario, Canada. As a YOUNGA impact artist finalist, Lilly received the opportunity to have her artwork showcased in BridgingTheGap’s Impact NFT Gallery during Miami Art Week. Lily traveled from Canada with her family to see her artwork showcased for the first time as part of the BridgingTheGap’s gallery–seen by top art collectors, NFT buyers and industry influencers.

Because of this experience, Lilly was able to meet mission-aligned leaders, talented artists and made many new friends while advocating for indigenous representation and amplifying her message for change.
Instagram post from Lily Daychief: I still cannot believe that attend art Basel. I'm so grateful that met these beautitul peopk got to meet so much more new friends! never thoght that my art or my NFT would get here!! I had such an amazing time And so happy that I got to meet so many different artists and talented people it is incredible and to be featured in BridgingTheGap art gallery I'm still in disbelief An To help add hdigenous representation I'm so grateful for this experience
“I’m so grateful that I met these beautiful people and got to meet so much more new friends! I never thought that my art or my NFT would get me here!! I had such an amazing time. And so happy that I got to meet so many different artists and talented people. It is incredible to be featured in BridgingTheGap’s art gallery and I’m still in disbelief of the opportunity. And to help add indigenous representation, I’m so grateful for this experience. ” – Lily Daychief
Kelly, Lily and her parents
Equality And Inclusion
Verah Soriano Torres

Verah Soriano Torres

YOUNGA Working Group + Youth4YouthiSummit Ambassador

Verah Soriano Torres, YOUNGA Working Group Member and Youth4YouthiSummit Ambassador. When Verah first became a 2021 YOUNGA Youth Delegate, she opted to be a member of all 5 YOUNGA working groups but, spent most of her time focusing on the Equality and Inclusion group and track. This led her to organize and host an Equality and Inclusion farewell party which was well attended by her global peers. As a YOUNGA alum, Verah has access to BridgingTheGap’s ongoing leadership and skills enrichment opportunities, which lead to being selected as a Youth4YouthiSummit Ambassador. Soon after joining the summit, Verah became ranked as the #1 engaged participant and went on to receive further leadership perks from our partners.
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“I’m speechless! Thanks YOUNGA and BridgingTheGap for such an amazing experience. I was inspired by everyone. Thank you for this certificate.

Alright, I’m gonna share my experience. First and foremost I am part of YOUNGA’s Delegate program, and was in all five Working Groups (Mental Health and Wellbeing, Climate Action and Sustainable Living, Future of Education and Work and Equality and Inclusion). I first asked myself “Which Working Group should I join from that list?” but…since I’m curious and I’m quite interested in all the groups, I decided to join more than one Working Group. Thank you for the memories my great team from different Working Groups around the world from different continents, especially to Team Equality and Inclusion where I spent more of my time.

It started with updating and messaging you through private messages individually regarding the announcement of YOUNGA and our group activities. So, I connected with my fellow team members…and I didn’t expect that through this I can build a strong connection with you all. I’m thankful also to those who joined in our Equality and Inclusion farewell party and also to my co team planners. Thanks a lot for all your efforts. I’m so thankful to become the host of that farewell party event for our team. We appreciate it. The farewell party was successful because of you all joining it. My sleepless nights are paid off by all your compliments. Well not just that, after the YOUNGA month, the YOUNGA team shared with us some partner organizations that we were able to connect with.

I’m thankful to YOUNGA for sharing with us a lot of opportunities such as Youth4Youth Summit held last October. It was unexpected, since I just joined a few hours before the event started (I joined after checking the BridgingTheGap Instagram post). So I asked myself whether to join or not as it seemed I was very late. But suddenly I told myself, “Maybe I’ll try to join.” so I joined… And the most unexpected thing is that I became Rank 1 in the leaderboard for the Youth4Youth Summit. (They also shared the LOOKUP sites and I become an ambassador.) The second thing I joined was KTG in which I won the KTG film…” – Verah Torres
Mental Health And Wellbeing

VoiceOut Squad - YOUNGA 2021 Delegates

“When everything seems going unfavourable to you, most of the times you start doubting all the decisions that you took and end up with self-doubt and misery. But there comes a moment where there is one particular thing that will hold you up and help you come out of the tangled maze that you are in. 'That' particular thing for me is YOUNGA.

So, to all of you who are reading this, a big 'Hi' from my side. I'm Shruti Nandagiri, a 20 year old proud YOUNGA Delegate hailing from India.

I'd like to take this opportunity to throw some light on how YOUNGA changed my life during one of the toughest phases of my life while I was dealing with Anxiety and Clinical Depression.

One day, while I was lying on the bed hopeless about my career and life, I happened to come across BridgingTheGap Ventures page on social media. While checking it, I saw that they have a delegate programme and that kindled my curiosity to know more about it because I always enjoy interacting with new people. I was thrilled to see what all YOUNGA Delegate Programme consisted off and what a golden opportunity it would be if I capitalise it. Being doubtful about my selection, I gave it a shot. Sometimes depression stops you from using your phone as well. And that time, I was exactly in the same phase, away from phone and everything and everyone as much as possible. One midnight, while I was lost in thoughts about my uncertain career, 1 happened to open my mail box and guess what, I got selected. And, I received the mail almost a week ago. That was my happiest moment and I was in tears because I felt like I achieved something almost after 1.6 years. I had the widest smile on my face and the 'Yes, I did it moment.' Fast forward to the day of YOUNGA Orientation, I was super anxious and was worried on being judged by so many other delegates across the world. But, within no time, I felt comfortable and started enjoying it. I was awestruck to see many ignited minds coming together for beautiful causes. I was awaiting for what's coming ahead. At the same time, I was a little skeptical if I would be present mentally and just not physically through out the YOUNGA Delegate Program. There were times when I skipped attending the sessions owing to my mental state at that particular time. There were times when I was enthusiastic for the sessions. Well, I think by now, most of you understood that I had been through a lot of highs and lows pertaining to my mental health. I felt somewhere there's a lot of stigma around mental health and there's not much awareness about it. So, the 2 goals that I majorly connected to and was interested to work on was SDG 3 (Mental Health and Wellbeing) and SDG 4 (Quality Education) because I felt them to be interlinked to my vision of destigmatizing mental health issues and educating people from a very young age on mental health. As I kept diving deep on these goals, we were announced about YOUNGA Action Day. I felt that was the best time to take action towards my vision. And, that's how 'VoiceOut Squad' was born on 17th September, 2021. As the name reflects, we wanted every delegate whoever had gone or is currently growing through mental health problems to voice out their journey and inspire others. We had 38 brilliant delegates across the world sharing their views on 'What they advocate for within Mental Health' and 'Why they advocate?' Just not this, but we could also conduct 4 amazing live sessions with Mental Health Enthusiasts and Experts in the field. We were thrilled to receive immense support and response by all the delegates across the world and one thing that I personally cherished was how people directly texted me on how much of an impact VoiceOut Squad had on them in just one day. And a quantifying milestone that all the core team cherished was hitting 100 followers in a span of 12 hours. This one day at YOUNGA IS memorable and unforgettable throughout my life.

One more special day for us was when we hosted an instagram live on account of Mental Health Day with Kelly Lovell, the inspirational woman behind YOUNGA and BridgingTheGap Ventures. From the day she agreed to come on live with us till the day we hosted the live, the whole core team at VoiceOut Squad was excited and was keenly waiting for the day. And, on 8th October 2021, we hosted the live session on our page. No doubt, the session was motivational and mind-blowing. All this wouldn't have been possible without the awesome team I had who shared my vision and contributed to bring the idea into reality. I, personally thank each of them and would be forever grateful to them for standing like a pillar and taking VoiceOut Squad forward. They haven't just contributed for its execution but also have been one of the sole reasons for making it a success. Had they not joined hands with me, my dream of 'VoiceOut Squad' would only remain in my mind.

Moving ahead, YOUNGA 2021 continued with amazing sessions with renowned speakers. We started work on the communique and the research and inputs while drafting it gave me a lot of insights on the SDGs and helped me understand what is the need of the hour and how I could contribute to it and help in making the world a better place. Finally, the communique was released on 14th January, 2022, the moment I was waiting for. I was just speechless and was super proud of being a YOUNGA Delegate.

As a founder of the VoiceOut Squad, something more than what I could ever imagine happened on 27th January 2022. when I received a message from BTG Ventures saying VoiceOut Squad made its mark in YOUNGA 2021 and that they wanted me to share my journey. This day would forever be etched in my mind.

Last, but not the least, I owe a big 'thank you' to Kelly and her team at BridgingTheGap who made all this happen. You have been the backbone of all the delegates and personally to me, you have changed my life and given me hope that there's a beautiful world out there which I'm yet to experience. Kelly, I just want to say you that you are a WONDER WOMAN. You are an inspiration to me and not even 1% of all this would have been possible without you. Thank you so much for showing me that there's light at the end of the tunnel. You re-kindled my spark and made me realize that I need to bounce back and make my mark and work on making my dreams come true. To be frank, 'thank you' would be a very small word for the positive impact and the difference that you brought in my life.

As I come towards the end of my journey, tears are rolling down my eyes while I type this and I am short of words to explain my emotions. When I look back at YOUNGA 2021, all I can see is that, it has been a heck of a journey with lot of learning and self-growth. Also, I made some amazing friends and I am pretty sure that we will travel a long way together.

I would like to conclude by saying YOUNGA 2021 has played a major part in my life. While, I lost hopes on coming out the tough phase I was in, YOUNGA and VoiceOut Squad helped me bounce back stronger from the maze of Anxiety and Depression with a lot of confidence and mental strength.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who have been a part of VoiceOut Squad and YOUNGA 2021. Also, eagerly waiting for YOUNGA 2022 and to resume VoiceOut Squad and take it forward to more heights.

Cheers!” -Shruti Nandagiri

The VoiceOut Squad
VoiceOut Squad Collage of members

Team Testimonials

Climate Action And Sustainable Living
Equality And Inclusion
Future Of Education And Work
Peace And Justice
Mental Health And Wellbeing

Communiqué Launch

A Working Group Leader from each of the five Working Groups—Climate Action and Sustainable Living, Equality and Inclusion, Future of Education and Work, Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Peace and Justice—had the opportunity to share their ideas, hopes and concerns in the Communiqué Launch session hosted by BridgingTheGap February 2023.

This virtual session showcased the priority issues of young people around the five thematic tracks as well as the policy recommendations the 2022 Youth Delegation wants decision-makers to implement. Working Group Leaders were also able to share about their experience as policy group leaders and the issues they are most passionate about solving.
Climate Action And Sustainable Living
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Kelly Lovell and Bodhi Patil

World Ocean Day 2023

Bodhi Patil, co-founder of Ocean Uprise and BridgingTheGap community youth changemaker, was provided with a paid trip to Bermuda to be featured as a youth speaker and event facilitator for our UN World Ocean Day event. Among the travel and leadership experience benefits was the opportunity for Bodhi to participate in high-level dinners and meetings with government officials.
“I’m speechless! Thanks YOUNGA and BridgingTheGap for such an amazing experience. I was inspired by everyone. Thank you for this certificate.

Alright, I’m gonna share my experience. First and foremost I am part of YOUNGA’s Delegate program, and was in all five Working Groups (Mental Health and Wellbeing, Climate Action and Sustainable Living, Future of Education and Work and Equality and Inclusion). I first asked myself “Which Working Group should I join from that list?” but…since I’m curious and I’m quite interested in all the groups, I decided to join more than one Working Group. Thank you for the memories my great team from different Working Groups around the world from different continents, especially to Team Equality and Inclusion where I spent more of my time.

It started with updating and messaging you through private messages individually regarding the announcement of YOUNGA and our group activities. So, I connected with my fellow team members…and I didn’t expect that through this I can build a strong connection with you all. I’m thankful also to those who joined in our Equality and Inclusion farewell party and also to my co team planners. Thanks a lot for all your efforts. I’m so thankful to become the host of that farewell party event for our team. We appreciate it. The farewell party was successful because of you all joining it. My sleepless nights are paid off by all your compliments. Well not just that, after the YOUNGA month, the YOUNGA team shared with us some partner organizations that we were able to connect with.

I’m thankful to YOUNGA for sharing with us a lot of opportunities such as Youth4Youth Summit held last October. It was unexpected, since I just joined a few hours before the event started (I joined after checking the BridgingTheGap Instagram post). So I asked myself whether to join or not as it seemed I was very late. But suddenly I told myself, “Maybe I’ll try to join.” so I joined… And the most unexpected thing is that I became Rank 1 in the leaderboard for the Youth4Youth Summit. (They also shared the LOOKUP sites and I become an ambassador.) The second thing I joined was KTG in which I won the KTG film…” – Verah Torres

Real Action. Real Impact.