Victoria Park Collegiate Institute

VPCI Student Appointed to Global Youth Led STEM Journal!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
CONTACT: Mhairi McCann, Founder & CEO, Youth STEM 2030,


A Toronto teenager has seen off international competition to win a place on the
volunteer team of a youth led scientific journal.

Zainab Khan has taken on the role of Science Communication Editor at Youth STEM
Matters - a worldwide publication which is written, edited and published by some of
the world’s most talented youth in science, technology, engineering and maths

The 14 year old Victoria Park Collegiate Institute student will help other young people
to share their research findings, ideas and innovations with the world.
Zainab is excited by the opportunity and said: “I’m super excited to be part of a team
that has a vision to empower youth in STEM, to achieve the SDGs!”

Articles published by Youth STEM Matters all have a link to the UN Sustainable
Development Goals, and range from novel healthcare solutions, to ending hunger, to
tackling the climate crisis. With all its authors aged 22 or under, the platform gives
young people a voice in pressing global issues.

This is something Zainab thinks is important: “I think it’s very important to provide
youth a visionary platform through STEM and to equip them with the right kind of
tools, if we want to be a part of an innovative world of today and the near future.
Youth STEM Matters is doing all this and more.”

The journal’s ethos is to ‘make each article the best it can be’ in the hope of
maximising the impact of each article in solving some of our biggest global
challenges. Zainab will have a key role in achieving this, through helping other
young people to communicate their ideas through blogs, magazine articles, news
and interviews.

Speaking of Zainab’s appointment, Youth STEM Matters Co-Founder and
Editor-in-Chief, Adam Khan-Qureshi said: “We had a really high standard of
applicants and had to make some tough decisions. I’m delighted to have been able
to offer Zainab the opportunity to join our team, and look forward to working with

Youth STEM Matters is the flagship project of non-profit, Youth STEM 2030. The
organisation seeks to empower youth to use science, technology, engineering and
maths to change the world, and aligns itself with the UN Sustainable Development

Mhairi McCann, Founder and CEO of Youth STEM 2030 said: “We’ve put in a lot of
behind the scenes work over the past 4 or 5 months, so I’m really pleased to have
now been able to open up this opportunity to the first group of young people. We
know youth can use STEM to make a difference, so I’m looking forward to seeing our
volunteers rise to the challenge in the coming months!”
Young people can get involved in Youth STEM Matters by visiting .

1. Youth STEM 2030: Youth STEM 2030 aims to empower youth to use science,
technology, engineering and maths to change the world. The social enterprise
believes that young people can, through science, technology, engineering and
maths, be at the forefront of progress towards the UN Sustainable
Development Goals - a global vision for a better and more sustainable future.
Youth STEM 2030 prides itself on being a global organisation, and all of its
projects are for youth by youth. Learn more at and
follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@YouthSTEM2030).

2. Youth STEM Matters: Youth STEM Matters is Youth STEM 2030’s flagship
project. As a peer-review scientific journal, it provides young people with a
platform to share their research, ideas and innovations with the world. This
includes projects such as those submitted to science fairs, as well as shorter
articles, such as blogs and magazine articles. Youth STEM Matters is led and
run by a dedicated team of almost 30 young volunteers.