When I was invited to teach a blogging seminar as part of the G(irls)20 summit, I was worried that all the delegates – who range in age from 18 to 20 – would be way more web-savvy than I was. So this morning’s presentation wasn’t about nuts and bolts “so, this is the internet” stuff: it was about connecting people from all over the world. The delegates, who represent nations from Japan to Malawi to Romania, all have bright sparkly new blogs on the G(irls)20 website (note: the blogs were built by Joe, B5 Media tech dude extraordinaire) . Some already have blogs of their own, some barely use their Facebook accounts. But they’re all here, briefly, in Canada, sharing a series of unforgettable experiences with each other. And they have an avenue not only to document their stories but to continue blogging about the issues they care about. We settled into a computer lab at the University of Toronto and talked about everything from online privacy to writing in our native languages. We didn’t have time for a ton of blogging today, but here are a couple of things the delegates (who I’m recruiting for future jobs at TheGloss, obvs) had to say about themselves:

  • “I am an 18 years old law student from Ankara,Turkey. I grew up as the daughter of two doctors, had quite a lucky childhood with nice friends in good schools and then got into this “Oh let’s make a change and save the world’ mood approximately 5 years ago when I started participating in Model United Nations conferences.” – Irem Tumer, Turkey
  • “I am very passionate about developing the true potential of people and helping them understand and appreciate them at their true value.  One’s background,  culture or religion  should not represent an obstacle for one’s development, for one’s education, for one’s chance to demonstrate what they can really do.” – Simona Popa, Romania
  • “The other delegates are amazing girls with unique and dynamic perspectives and personalities. The presentations have been informative and the discussions fruitful.” – Leah Stuart-Sheppard, Canada
  • “As a delegate and youth ambassador, I have been partnering with multi-cause organizations, foundations and charities around the world in order to tackle Millennium Development Goals.” – Alexandra Rieger, Germany
  • “It’s an honor for me to represent my country so I’ll try to be very productive.” – Anna Malinovskaya, Russia