Jay’Len Boone is an American youth activist and currently serves as the 8th United States Youth Observer to the United Nations. Jay'Len was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a small township just outside Detroit. He is a Senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio double majoring in Global Affairs and Sociology.
Jay’Len is passionate about empowering young people to take the lead in solving global issues. He is the founder and executive director of Sustainable Youth in Action, a nonprofit organization that trains and equips students with the tools they need to take their ideas and turn them into projects and even businesses. He is a Global Citizen Curtis Scholar, Cultural Vistas Fellow, and a winner of the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship. His desire to combat social issues such as extreme poverty and climate change has taken him across the globe, working on the ground with communities in Hong Kong, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.
One of his primary goals is to increase local action and involvement in the Sustainable Development Goals. It is his belief that community activists and young change-makers at the local level will play a pivotal role in determining whether the SDGs will succeed or not.
In his spare time, Jay’Len loves to sing, compose music, and build relationships with new people. He is the former director and co-founder of UTSA’s Gospel Choir, "Voices in Praise" and a bible study leader with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries.