Raising an optimistic child in a pessimistic world

Ryan Maass, currently in his final year at Newlands College, is exploring the relationship between media and personal thinking. He is heavily involved in UN Youth, having attended both regional and national events. Through these experiences, he has learnt the tremendous power that youth have in shaping discussion around pressing issues.

Ryan is very passionate about voicing his opinions on social issues, particularly those that impact a diverse group of people. He hopes to bring his interactive speaking style and insightful ideas to good use on our stage. He’ll be answering the question: “why do we remain optimistic in a world dominated by negative media?”