The BADIR program will provide them with training, funding and logistical support to strengthen their initiatives.
The 23 BADIR fellows were selected from a total of 141 applications and hail from all over Jordan, including Amman, Irbid, Ma’an, Al-Ramtha, Karak and more. Their projects deal 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.
Speaking on the occasion, IYF’s Jordan Country Director, Rana Turk said, “On behalf of the International Youth Foundation, I would like to congratulate the first round of BADIR fellows on this wonderful accomplishment. We look forward to working with them on developing their personal initiatives, and have no doubt that these youth will continue to rise to even greater achievements.”
Regional Communications and CSR Manager of Starbucks Coffee MENA, Rana Shaheen, added, “As the cofounders of the BADIR initiative, Starbucks is delighted to be supporting these 23 incredible youth leaders and their unique projects and to follow their progress as they inspire change and development within their communities, leaving a remarkable, positive impact on Jordan.”
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 23 youth selected as this year’s fellows will 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.
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