Youth Advisory Board Member
Nadyah is no stranger to working in nonprofit, development, global, or political sectors.
In addition to working as a member of Plan International USA’s Youth Advisory Board and serving as the U.S. representative to Plan International’s Global Youth Advisory Panel, Nadyah has worked with the International Rescue Committee, Girl Rising, Vital Voices, the Peace Corps, and the United Nations.
Drawing on her personal experience living in Sri Lanka’s during the civil war and post-tsunami era, Nadyah is passionate about promoting gender equality and women's empowerment—as well as supporting human rights—and the fair treatment of refugees and other displaced people. She brings her personal, professional, and global knowledge and expertise to Plan International USA’s Youth Advisory Board.
Nadyah believes that empowering women and youth and including their perspectives and ideas in the decision making process is crucial to creating sustainable and innovative solutions to global problems. Each day, she is inspired by the young leaders who work with Plan and is captivated by Plan’s youth empowerment work.
Nadyah’s work has been highlighted and featured in various publications, including The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Post-Examiner, The Aegis Magazine, PRNewswire, and The Huffington Post, among others. She is an ANNpower Vital Voices Fellow, Presidential Scholar, Washington Fellow, AXA Community Achievement Scholar, and a former UN Youth Delegate.
Nadyah is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and development at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
My experiences with Plan International’s Global Youth Advisory Panel have reminded me that the world is filled with passionate, dedicated young people who care deeply about others and are doing great things.
A Plan International USA Youth Advisory Board member is playing a major role in the development of a new plan policy on sexual and reproductive health rights.
Nadyah is the U.S. representative on Plan International’s Global Youth Advisory Panel.
Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) member Nadyah explains YUGA’s influence on her life and the life of youth.
I've always known how imperative it is for youth to have a voice in global development, especially when it pertains to issues affecting youth, such as youth unemployment.