By Yos Fahleza – 2030 Youth Force Indonesia
I’ve been in volunteering services for years starting from my college life in 2013 when I was in the University. Involved in several communities bring you to be an open-minded person and eager to learn new things. The projects themselves also led me to be a person who are passionate about developing communities and the people among it. I joined an organization was voluntarily based organization which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peace building. Through this, I found out about Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development which been the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges and will guide our development priorities for an entire generation.
As a volunteer, you will never stop learning. Because “once a volunteer, always a volunteer”. It can mean learning about different communities, organizations as well as learning more about yourself. In fact, that doing good is scientifically proven to lead to more good deeds, volunteering is an experience that stays with you forever. This might be the reason for me to joining the 2030 Youth Force Indonesia team.
The platform led you somewhere to the field of the new concept of Volunteer. I inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals which cover all the 17 global issues into one action. I keen to join 2030 Youth Force because It also a youth-led organization which engage in the SDGs promotion and initiate actions to drive inclusive and peaceful society along with strengthening youth capacities for participation in decision-making.
Leaving no one left behind also become our concern because in Indonesia itself, there are so many excluded and marginalized are that really need a support and inclusive movement. Involved in APFYLIE in China made me realized that building partnerships within people from various background really created a bigger impact than walking alone. We collaborate and coordinate the effort for effective project implementation to achieving SDGs goals faster.
So, I didn’t regret from the decision that I’ve made from the start to join this event, Asia Pacific Forum for Youth Leadership Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This would be my greatest achievement and my new life changing experience. Too many insights to share and this event broke my perspective about being an entrepreneur. During this forum, I learned that all the entrepreneurs who’ve came and present their projects have the similarities to solve the problems. The problems themselves just came out based on their life experiences in their communities to help people with disabilities, fighting poverty, lower education, etc. There’s no competition, or seeking for margin and profit, but only opportunities for collaboration and networking. Imagine, with only 17 Start ups joined into one big team, they can solve many obstacles in the Asia Pacific region. So, let’s look the region wider. Imagine when the group of people globally together doing something to face those problems above as well. Impossible is nothing.
The final notes that I want to share is from the keynote speaker who said, “United we fight, united we win. Now, these stories are yours to take.” So, the question is, “do you want to be a solution or a pollution?”
Volunteer once said, “The fulfillment that comes with helping human being, the satisfaction from knowing you’ve made a difference, are just a few reasons once is never enough.”