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UTSC singers take charitable work to UN in New York

The Syeds are sibling musicians who have formed a charitable organization for Youth. They will be presenting a project proposal to the Youth Assembly at the UN next week.

Chances are you’ve heard about DEYSofficial, the sibling singing quartet. Their performances on campus highlighted the 2015 Pan Am festivities last summer. But it’s their charitable work that will take them to New York Monday.

Siblings Hasna Syed, Hana Syed, Sarah Syed and Bilal Syed are founding members of Global Youth Impact, a group devoted to building leadership among youth and engaging them in philanthropic efforts.

“We focus on youth leadership both within the community and larger scales abroad,” says Hana, president of GYI and second year student at UTSC. “Often people our age, their voices get muffled and it’s just nice to have a platform we can get their voices our there together.”

The group has done workshops with high schools, elementary and middle schools on the topics of leadership, and equity. Most recently they made care packages for some of Toronto’s homeless and spent time with the recipients learning about their stories.

Through their organization, they applied to the Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and were selected to be the Canadian delegation at the conference. The group headed to New York includes the four founding members and 11 other students involved with GYI from the downtown campus as well as UTSC.

The conference will address the 17 sustainability goals set out by United Nations, and how the youth can implement these goals. 

“At the conference we will be learning from UN officials, but my siblings and I are going to be doing a social venture project proposal presentation,” says Hasna, fourth year political science student at UTSC.

The siblings had many motivations for creating Global Youth Impact, but one that fast tracked the initiative is a trip Sara and Bilal took to the Philippines. After seeing the poverty and the way of life, they were inspired to do something. Eventually the group plans to work together to promote literacy in rural and impoverished areas around the world in countries such as the Philippines. 


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