Jordan

Apr 15, 2021
A young male uses his personal story to inspire other youth to engage In the city of Shoonah Janoobiyah, to the west of the capital, resides Issa Abu Dhefalla, 22. He faced a life-changing dilemma at a very young age, when he had to choose between taking care of his sick mother or preparing for his senior year at high school. He chose the latter option but stayed beside his mother until her last breath. Though Issa remained strong through this tragic event, he noticed that he had allowed his physical disability affecting his arm to turn him into a shy and invisible person in the community. “I suddenly found myself standing in the same spot for years and not even one step further, as I went from hiding my disabled arm to hiding myself,” Issa said. One day his sister encouraged him to join... Read more
Apr 15, 2021
A lifechanging Facebook post enables female youth to empower women to become financially independent Rama Rababah, 24 year, resides in Zarqa, northeast of the Capital. With a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and Mental Health from the Hashemite University, Rama’s first encounter with volunteerism took place during her first field semester in college. Following her volunteering in several civil society organizations, local centers and youth initiatives, Rama felt inspired to design her own initiative to become financially independent. However, once the costs exceeded her capacity, Rama started looking for youth-oriented funding, which eventually brought her to the USAID YouthPower Facebook Group. After joining the group and mostly being a silent member in it, she decided to post about her... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
A talented youth discovers his true capacity and welcomes new opportunities Abdullah Natour, 25, resides in Ras Alin. He earned Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Jerash, and though an architect by education, deep down he always wanted to be a visual storyteller, combining his love for design with his passion for telling stories. Doubtful about his capacities in graphic design and visual production, Abdullah referred to himself as a hobbyist designer. In February 2019, Abdullah joined the USAID YouthPower project and became a facilitator for various learning activities. Following his engagement with the program, Abdullah joined the Filmmaking and Multimedia Learning Club, an informal community-based safe space where youth interested in developing their visual... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
Three female youth engage with local and regional entrepreneurship scene USAID YouthPower, which aims to advance youth engagement with relevant stakeholders for linkages and sustainability purposes, empowered three female youth awardees with in-kind small grants to participate at the virtual International Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020 in November. The grants enabled them to venture further into the entrepreneurial scene. Moreover the youth participation exposed them to further important chances to blend within the job market, and enable them network in a segment that focuses on the digital entrepreneurship. The three female champions hold a common dream, which is to support and grow alongside their peers, so together they embarked on a journey to rise within their communities. Our first... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
A young male adopts his peers’ ideas and pushes them a step further Refat Freihat, 26, is an active youth with eight years of volunteer experience in his community. Residing in the dense community of Kufranja, Refat was one of the many youths whose parents followed social stereotypes and pushed them to join the scientific track of high school topics in hopes in studying medicine. After many challenges, our friend attained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Al-Balqa Applied University in Salt. In September 2017, Refat encountered USAID YouthPower at a community outreach meeting at Princess Basma Center for Human Development, where he joined the program’s learning activities and became a facilitator. Through the program, Rafat found the enabling environment that allowed him to learn... Read more
Nov 12, 2020
Young woman uses her education to empower youth to be involved in decision-making processes. Marah Bani Nasr, 25, holds a degree in Law from University of Yarmouk in Irbid. Marah has practiced law for nearly two years, specializing in Statute and Sharia Law. Though in her community in Ajloun studying Law is not typically favored for women, with the support of her family, she decided to breach the stereotype and become a lawyer anyway. Alongside her work and education, Marah is a youth and human rights activist and has previously participated in many local and international settings, and she has represented Jordanian youth in several countries. Marah was one of the first youth who joined USAID YouthPower back in 2017, when she joined in transformational learning activities and became one... Read more
Nov 12, 2020
Empowered youth pave the way for involvement in the decision-making process Bilal Khalid, a 24-year-old chemical engineer, resides in  Burma in Jerash governorate, north of the capital. Since 2008 Bilal has been a volunteer at Burma Youth Center, which aims to empower the youth of Burma. In 2017-2019, he was nominated by his fellow youth to become the head of the administrative body of the Center, where he revamped the scope of work to include capacity building activities and support youth initiatives. Through this experience, the Ministry of Youth recognized Bilal as a youth leader. “Through this experience, I learned that with enough persistence, one can achieve! I hope that through the Youth Unit, I can support youth in my community towards development and prosperity.” —Bilal Khalid,... Read more
Nov 11, 2020
Global Communities employs inclusive and participatory methods to reach youth, including those who are the most vulnerable and susceptible to poverty, disease and violence. By implementing youth-focused programs in economic development, health, conflict mitigation and civic engagement, Global Communities enables youth to reach greater potential and secure a healthier, more sustainable future. A key component of our commitment to positive youth development is engaging youth in their own development. On February 23, 2015, USAID awarded Global Communities the YouthPower: Implementation IDIQ. Under this IDIQ, Global Communities has the opportunity to respond to Request for Task Order Proposals to provide technical assistance or direct service implementation in the areas of: Increased youth... Read more
Oct 10, 2020
By Rebecca Wener, Global Communities Program Officer for Governance and Global Health
Read original article on Medium.com October 10th marks the 28th annual World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is a call to scale up investment in mental health. Mental health disorders represent a critical yet under-emphasized component of the global public health burden. The World Health Organization has estimated that around 10.7% of the global... Read more
Sep 28, 2020
Youth empowering persons with disabilities to engage them in their communities Sarah Abusall, 20, resides with her family in Al-Qasabeh in Jerash governorate north of the capital. She is currently studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Al Albayt University in Mafraq. Her father is a person with a disability, and her sister, who is only three years old, suffers from brain paralysis. Though this situation has been very challenging for Sarah and her family alike, it never brought her down, she says: “My father’s case motivated me to work hard to include persons with disabilities in the community, as he never allowed his disability to be an obstacle to our life or his work. Every day, seeing my father proves to me that if a person has will, they can do anything they want... Read more
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