Andrew Rabens Visit

On May 22nd, IES Fortuny–one of Madrid´s top public bilingual high schools, and a long-time participant in the U.S. Embassy-sponsored Global Classrooms program (Model U.N.)– hosted Andy Rabens, the U.S. State Department’s Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues. Rabens was in Madrid to participate in the Y20 Public Sector Dialogue on the Future of Work organized by the Ibero-American Youth Organization (OIJ),  in connection with the upcoming G-20 meeting in Argentina.  Mr. Rabens met with a group of just-graduated 12th grade students for an animated exchange of ideas on the interests, aspirations, and concerns of Spain’s youth. Mr. Rabens later met with the Embassy´s youngest alumni, mostly Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Seminar grantees in their twenties or early thirties, as well as participants in the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leadership Initiative (YTILI). That evening, Mr. Rabens spoke to youth from the IES Ramiro de Maeztu and Go American English! students from FIS, the International Studies Foundation, while opening the “Social Impact Startup Challenge,” organized by IE’s Business School IE NET Impact Club and led by Fulbrighter Margo Bailey.