Have you ever been blown away by an experience that leaves an undeniable impact on you? That was my experience participating in the United Nations 56th Commission on Social Development (CSocD56)! My name is Tyrie Daniel, and I am a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a future student of the Loop Lab. Because of my involvement with the Loop Lab launch team, I was able to go to the United Nations headquarters to participate in CSocD56 this February.
I never thought that I’d be in a place like the United Nations headquarters (UNHQ). Coming from a low-income community in the Port Neighborhood of Cambridge, MA, young people that look like me never have access to a powerful space like that. Just entering the United Nations headquarters grounds I felt proud and important. Like I belonged there. What if every young adult from an underrepresented background could experience this?
Immediately, I was blown away by the delegates, NGO employees, and UN staff that I met. I was also amazed at how interested these important people were in me and the Loop Lab program! I met the permanent ambassadors from several countries who heard our presentation and told us that they would like this program for the young adults in their countries. The Loop Lab showed me that not only could I be there at the United Nations headquarters among top global policymakers, but that the United Nations actually wants me there as well!
One of the most amazing experiences from my time there was being able to go into the UN News studio. What made it amazing was seeing the state-of-the-art equipment and learning how the main recording console operates. I was also able to meet one of the managers who was very kind and taught me how to use their audio software and console. He engineers UN News broadcasts from around the world.
Later that day a UN security member visited our exhibition and I spoke to him about the program. He seemed to be impressed and insisted on giving us a guided tour of the HQ himself. In my opinion, the most impactful place that he took us was the General Assembly room, which is the main policy making room of the UN. It is an incredible space where few people are actually allowed to go into, and where world history is made.
I left the United Nations HQ excited about my future. I feel like I was there as a representative for all underrepresented young adults who are pushing for fair opportunities in the marketplace. I don’t want a job to be just given to me without merit - I want to prove myself. I just want a fighting chance in the digital marketplace, the same as everybody else. It is important that other youth experience what I have and that the Loop Lab receives as much support in resources as much as possible. I believe that the program will help to use art to change the lives of my peers because many of them feel that their opportunities are slim. Thank you for reading my story this far.
Tyrie Daniel, future student of The Loop Lab