Applications for the fellowship will close on Sunday, April 28, and the fellows will be selected in May.
The BADIR program is open to Jordanian youth between the ages of 18 and 30 who have successfully implemented their own social change projects. The first class of BADIR fellows consisted of 22 young social leaders who, through the initiative, were provided with training, funding and logistical support to strengthen their projects. These projects dealt with a highly diverse array of community issues, ranging from volunteerism, community activism and renewable energy projects to vocational and professional development, to women’s empowerment and fostering local creativity.
Commenting on the occasion, IYF’s Jordan Country Director, Rana Turk, said, “We are looking forward to receiving applications for the second class of BADIR fellows. After the success of the first round of applicants, many of whom went on to realize so many inspiring, innovative accomplishments, we are very optimistic about the future BADIR participants and the positive changes they will create in their communities.”
The BADIR fellowship aims to create a national network of Jordanian youth leaders, empowering them to create positive change in their communities through their existing social projects. The selected youth receive social innovation skills and management training to strengthen their community initiatives. Those who complete the first training workshop will then receive a monetary grant of $5,000, as well as ongoing mentorship and support from the Friends of BADIR, an array of public, private and civil society organizations actively engaged in the program. Through this comprehensive approach, the BADIR initiative is expected to directly benefit thousands of Jordanians.
Regional Communications and CSR Manager of Starbucks Coffee MENA, Rana Shaheen, added, “It has been a pleasure to witness the great success that BADIR has achieved with its first class of fellows. In keeping with Starbucks’ commitment to promoting a more promising future for communities in Jordan, we are eager to meet the next generation of community leaders and assist them in launching and expanding their ambitious projects.”
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