“The AFS Youth Assembly, for me, a community of young people driving sustainable development, which I am very passionate about. I love that I can connect with likeminded young people who care about the earth, and are creating a just, fair and equitable world.”
Noel Ifeanyi Alumona, M.Ed, is a leading global voice in engaging men and boys in advancing gender equality and positive masculinities. Noel is an internationally recognized young leader driving systems change in education, gender equality, child welfare, working across youth development, education of children with disabilities, and state and federal policy to improve outcomes for youth and families. He has a proven track record of developing programs on healthy masculinities and male allyship, mobilizing cross-sector partnerships and lived-expertise to drive effective innovation at the local, state, and federal levels to solve both entrenched and emergent challenges. He enjoys building new systems, innovations and solutions from the ground up.
As an accomplished international social development expert, Noel holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on special education, trauma and disabilities, as well as expertise in teaching DEIA and trauma programming. His decade-long career in the nonprofit sector has equipped him with extensive program management experience, expertise in peacebuilding, social justice, youth development, and gender equity. His interests include promoting trauma-informed communities and schools, and ending gender-based violence, with a commitment to achieving equity for all. Noel is dedicated to providing necessary support and resources to enable young men to become part of the process of ending gender-based violence globally.
After watching his mother raped by a gang of three armed young boys and losing his mother to death from complications resulting from the incident, Noel founded Boys Champions 20 years later to ensure that more women do not fall victims of violence.