Petra Kovács ’21 Represents @ Two International Conferences
Petra Kovács ’21 recently represented her native Hungary, then a Hungarian-based nonprofit, The Hero Square Initiative, at two international summits.
As the Hungarian representative to the 23rd Session of the Youth Assembly (held last month in New York City), Kovács joined young leaders from around the globe. With the theme “Empowering Youth for Global Development,” representatives addressed ways they can collaborate to address world-wide sustainable development. “It was an incredible honor to represent Hungary,” she said.
Later in February, she attended the UNA-USA 2019 Global Engagement Summit, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Kovács was there to represent the Hero Square Initiative, a nonprofit foundation based in Hungary. Its mission, according to Kovács, is “to empower people so they dare to stand up and do for others in everyday life, act as everyday heroes and make them aware how it can be done.” She was able to bring two classmates - Shaezmina Khan ’19 and Samika Harihan ’20. And, because wherever you go you’ll likely see another Lawrentian, met James Wellemeyer ’18. Wellemeyer, recently named one of 30 2019 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders by the We Are Family Foundation, was also attending the Summit.
“It was an amazing experience – we even got to talk to the U.N. Secretary General (António Guterres),” said Kovács. “It was incredible how down to earth everyone was and how much these leaders care about getting youth from all over the world involved. I felt extremely lucky to be there.”
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