September 26, 2019
Sept. 26, 2019—Cypress Springs High School alumnus and current University of Texas - San Antonio senior Jay’Len Boone was named the United Nations Association of the USA Youth Observer to the United Nations in August.
The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) names one Youth Observer to the United Nations each year. As this year’s Youth Observer, Boone will serve a one-year term, traveling across the country to speak to high school and college-age students about the work of the United Nations. One of Boone’s primary goals is to increase local action and involvement in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are 17 primary SDGs ranging from eliminating poverty to finding clean water and sanitation. Boone believes that community activists and young people at the local level play a great role in determining whether the SDGs are met. Helping young people has been a passion of Boone’s since his time at Cypress Springs.
“I think I have such a strong passion for working with young kids because I recognize their value and their potential to be change-makers in our larger global narrative,” Boone said. “I realized that passion a long time ago. I was in New York City to hear Greta Thunberg’s speech on climate change. When I think about people like Greta, they’re making history now. Imagine what everyone else could do if they recognized their value at a young age. I want to help young people recognize their value.”
Boone’s accomplishments started while he was a student at Cypress Springs. Boone was a member of student council, serving as student council president, an honor roll student, Boys State District Chairman, TMEA Region Choir member, a Brett Anderson music scholar, an award-winning pianist and a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar, which only 1,000 students from across the nation are chosen.
Boone recognizes that he would not be where he is today without those who invested in him at Cypress Springs.
“I began school at Cy Springs my junior year and honestly Cy Springs had the greatest impact on my life,” Boone said. “It is important that as we move forward in life, we don’t forget to thank the people who have invested in us. I personally believe Cy Springs has the best teachers in CFISD because they are so invested in you during and after high school. I’m extremely proud to be a Panther.”
After completing his year of service, Boone plans on completing his bachelor’s degree in global affairs and sociology and then pursue a master’s in public policy. Boone then hopes to continue working with young kids across the globe to find solutions to worldwide problems.
Learn more about the UNA-USA Youth Observer program online.