Kieran Goodwin is the chief executive at the World Youth Organization, a global charity set out to support young people through the transition from childhood to adulthood via educational workshops and programs alongside work-experience based opportunities to help relieve unemployment amongst youth. He is also one of the youngest CEOs to operate a registered charity in the United Kingdom. Kieran attended Abbs Cross Academy and Art’s College in the London Borough of Havering, where after he went on to study Health and Social Care at Palmers College in Thurrock, Essex.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do?
My name is Kieran Goodwin, and I am the Chief Executive at the World Youth Organization, a charity which supports young people through the transition from childhood to adulthood through educational based workshops and opportunities.
2- Who inspires you?
Business start-up entrepreneurs and people with a strong mission and sense of leadership. Anyone who has a vision and follows it through till the end. People like this inspire me. It’s hard to narrow it down to individual people, but Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson and Ban Ki-moon are all people I highly look up to for their leadership, goodness and care they spread
3-What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
I want to see young people across the world being educated on all core subjects and to see today’s youth stand as one and have a voice in big decision making. Currently the World Youth Organization focuses on advancing education and relieving unemployment. I want to see more opportunities for young people, to allow them the chance to excel at things they enjoy.
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
Ha! That’s a tough question. Perhaps being remembered as someone who stepped up to help others, and inspire others to follow their ambitions and visions.
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
Interesting new ideas? Our International Relations Directors, Lauren Duffy came up with the idea of supporting 30 young children in Guatemala in aiding them with learning resources. I thought this was a pretty awesome idea, which is why we are now organising this. Also being recommended to visit the Calais refugee camp in France was an interesting idea my friend suggested. We followed this through and visited the camp later that month. A big eye opener for me.
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
Really simple. Visit our website www.worldyo.org or finding us on social media. We are always up with something. At the moment things may seem a little quiet but rest-assured the World Youth Organization is currently up to pretty big things, behind closed doors for now. But yes, our website has lots of information and resources.