About the Young Humanitarian Circle
The Young Humanitarian Circle (YHC) is a network of over 300 eclectic and sophisticated young professionals interested in humanitarian issues; and the numbers are steadily growing. This ambitious group of individuals is dedicated to contributing their abilities and support to the lifesaving work of Refugees International (RI) on behalf of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people through exciting educational series, exclusive events, networking, and professional development.
Membership to the Young Humanitarian Circle is open to all young professionals who have a passion for supporting and advocating on behalf of displaced people all over the world; sharing their voice and raising awareness. The organization is based in Washington, D.C. but is maintained by young professionals all over the country. The goal of YHC membership is to build a strong network of advocates for international development as well as lifesaving assistance and protection for refugees; as YHC members will also be offering financial support to Refugees International and its advocacy programs.
There are two levels of YHC membership:
Young Humanitarian Circle Steering Committee
Membership includes: Valuable recognition as a YHC Steering Committee Member Discounted ticket prices; VIP tickets to Gala After Party; Personal Briefings from RI advocates reporting on field missions; Invitation to RI Circle events (featured speakers, embassies, dinners, receptions); Recognition on YHC promotional materials, event invitations, and online pages. The Steering Committee members pay tax deductible annual dues of $125 per year. To join the Young Humanitarian Circle Steering Committee, contact Matthew Bechtel at 202.828.0110 x207.
Membership includes: Valuable recognition as a YHC Supporter Member; discounted ticket price to YHC events; Invitation to the Gala After Party; Updates from RI advocates on field missions. The Young Humanitarian members pay tax deductible annual dues of $50 per year. To become a Young Humanitarian, contact Matthew Bechtel at 202.828.0110 x207.
YHC Steering Committee
Matt Carson Crossley
Nicole Pyles Lombardi
Khaleelah Po Rome
YHC hosts four events per year, one being the Anniversary Dinner After-Party every May. These events will all inform and incite awareness of Climate Displacement, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Statelessness, and Women & Children. They will also encourage social networking and open discussion forums that provoke action, spread knowledge and understanding of international conflict.
2012 YOUNG HUMANITARIAN CIRCLE EVENTS
- On May 10, 2012, RI celebrated more than three decades of work with fellow humanitarians, RI staff and board members, and Lauren Bush Lauren, the 2012 recipient of the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award. Lauren represents the next generation of great humanitarians. RI honored her work to combat hunger and help the world’s most vulnerable people at the 33rd Anniversary Dinner. Following the dinner, attendees and many other supporters joined the YHC at Fujimar restaurant for the After Party. Check out our blog post and photo report of the night's festivities.
- The Young Humanitarian Circle hosted a dinner discussion on the problems afflicting more than 5 million displaced people in Colombia. RI Senior Advocate Marc Hanson briefed guests on his recent mission to Colombia and previewed what RI would like President Obama to raise at the 6th Summit of the Americas. Latin America analyst Fulton Armstrong provided his reflections on the continued violence in the region and the ways U.S. policy could better confront displacement in Colombia and Central America. Guests also enjoyed a family-style dinner catered by Meiwah, one of DC’s best Chinese restaurants.
2011 YOUNG HUMANITARIAN CIRCLE EVENTS
The Young Humanitarian Circle hosted a film screening of the PBS Women, War and Peace docu-series Pray the Devil Back to Hell at Napoleon Bistro and Lounge on November 29th. Napoleon provided complimentary champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and popcorn, with 10% of food and drink proceeds donated to Refugees International (RI). Check out some photos from this great night.
On June 23rd in Washington, DC, over 120 young humanitarians came out to view award-winning photojournalist Greg Constantine’s exhibition “Nowhere People: the Global Face of Statelessness.” The exhibition was followed by a networking reception in commemoration of World Refugee Day, featuring RI President Michel Gabaudan. To view the photos, visit our Blog Photo Reports.
Following RI’s 32nd Anniversary Dinner on May 5, 2011, the Young Humanitarian Circle hosted an After Party for all the invitees and passionate young professionals. The After Party attracted about 100 enthusiastic people including RI Board Member Matt Dillon and Sudanese music Sensation Emmanuel Jal, and raised $1000 for RI’s work. Read coverage of the evening at MTV Act.
2010 YOUNG HUMANITARIAN CIRCLE EVENTS
- The YHC hosted a second event in November 2010 featuring a screening of Emmanuel Jal’s “War Child” documentary. The film tells Jal’s experiences as a Sudanese child soldier turned hip hop artist. The event included a champagne reception and remarks by Director and Producer Karim Chrobog and RI's Sudan Advocate after the screening.
- In July of 2010, RI launched the Young Humanitarian Circle with “Cocktails for a Cause” at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge. RI's lead advocate specializing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo presented “Stories from the Field,” reporting on her June mission to the region.
For more information about Refugees International’s Young Humanitarian Circle, please contact RI at firstname.lastname@example.org.