DERRY — A Derry teenager continues making his mark on the world.
Dylan Mahalingam, a senior at Pinkerton Academy, was selected to serve as the youngest member on a panel of world-renowned experts as part of the United Nations' World Youth Summit Awards this year.
Dylan, at 16, will be part of the panel moderated by Larry King and will be in company with other panelists from around the world representing health ministries, technology, human resources, and other sciences and law.
He is the founder of Lil'MDGs, a unique international
youth empowerment organization galvanizing the collective power of youth
to forward the United Nations' eight Millennium Development Goals.
Those goals include ending poverty, supporting education and helping combat HIV/AIDS.
Since 2004, he has inspired more than 4 million youth
in 41 countries to work together to make a difference in the lives of
more than 1 million children worldwide.
He has received many honors and accolades for his work.
Last spring, he received the national President's Call to Service Award for his long commitment to volunteerism.
He credits all the volunteers and supporters who help him with his world work.
Dylan is also currently working with a team on a Digital Society Action Plan to be unveiled at the World Congress on Information Technology later this month.
Since he was only 8 years old, Dylan has been using technology and the Internet to allow young people to share ideas and mobilize together to help forward the Lil MDGs United Nations work.
For all his efforts, Dylan said he is always appreciative for what he can accomplish through the many hands of supporters and volunteers.
"I feel humbled to have this opportunity," he said.
In addition to all his global efforts, Dylan is also a stellar student and was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.
To learn more about Dylan and his work around the world, visit dylan-m.us.