The 23 young social innovators and leaders awarded the fellowship have already successfully implemented social change projects in a wide range of governorates around the Kingdom.
Attending the ceremony were senior executives from Starbucks and the International Youth Foundation, in addition to representatives from the Friends of BADIR. The fellows received their certificates from HRH Princess Alia Al Tabaa and took part in an engaging panel discussion that highlighted some of their key achievements, goals and future ambitions. The BADIR program will provide these fellows with training, funding and logistical support to strengthen their existing initiatives.
The new class of BADIR fellows comprises 23 youth entrepreneurs, selected from a total of 146 applicants following a rigorous judging process, who originate from all over Jordan, including Amman, Irbid, Ma’an, Salt, Karak and more.
Their projects tackle a highly diverse array of community issues, ranging from health advocacy, women’s empowerment and education to volunteerism, recycling and agriculture.
Speaking on the occasion, IYF’s Jordan Country Director, Rana Turk, said, “We are pleased to welcome the second class of BADIR fellows, whose ambitious initiatives show enormous promise and potential. These outstanding young entrepreneurs have demonstrated their drive and dedication to benefitting their communities, and we look forward to working with them as they develop and expand their projects.”
Regional Communications and CSR Manager of Starbucks Coffee MENA, Rana Shaheen, added, “On behalf of Starbucks and M.H. Alshaya Co., the official operator of the brand in the MENA region, I would like to congratulate this year’s BADIR fellows. As a nationwide, youth-led initiative that aims to foster, develop and support social entrepreneurship, BADIR has already witnessed remarkable success in empowering local youth to drive progress in their communities. We have enormous confidence in the new class of fellows, and look forward to supporting and following these 23 innovators as they inspire positive change and development throughout 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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