For October’s Gen Zer of the month, it was tougher than ever to decide who we gave the award to, with many young people doing inspiring things, having so much positive impact on young people and the working world.
There was one young man however who has consistently been knocking on the door of previous Gen Zer of the months awards and it’s this consistency of demonstrating leadership, carrying out impactful work and being a shining light for Gen Z which led to us choosing the very impressive James Appiah, as October Gen Zer of the month.
We first came across James in the summer of 2020 and were blown away during our interview with him, as part of our first ever series – Gen Z Talks Around The World. His courage, his desire to keep learning and improving and the maturity he shows beyond his years point towards a very bright future for him.
James grew up in Stratford, Newham and quickly developed a passion for politics, which began when he was in secondary school where he became involved with a charity called CAFOD, which is heavily involved in global development issues. James later joined TELCO (now Citizens UK) as well as becoming a Youth Parliament Select Committee Member and a member of the British Youth Council.
James’s desire to bring positive change is matched by his desire to learn and succeed, as he managed to successfully secure several internships, which is a topic he shared during our previous interview with him, which went onto inspire hundreds of people who were struggling to get an internship during the pandemic.
James is now a first year student at the University of Cambridge and in addition to his studies and various community work he carries out, he is also the Founder of the Elevation Network, a platform which brings together influencers, entrepreneurs and youth activists, to discuss career advice and inspire other young people. James is also the Co Founder of Black Ivy Partners, a student led investment fund and financial literacy initiative.
James is a shining light for so many young people, as well as people from other generations. James has a unbelievable desire to improve the lives of others and to continue to learn at the highest level, whilst also demonstrating what true leadership is.
James, it is with a real pleasure to name you as our Gen Zer of the month for October. We are really proud of everything you have been achieving and how you continue to go to the next level, since our conversation over a year ago for the Gen Z Talks around the world series.
Keep up the great work. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for you!
You can follow James’s journey here –
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jjamesappiah/?hl=fr
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesappiah/