INJAZ Lebanon - Newsletter | February 2017
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  Empowering the Khan El Askar community in Tripoli

Project funded by the World Bank and in collaboration with the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR)

A total of 120 participants, aged 10 to 24 years, got the chance to participate in, and benefit from, the Khan El Askar Children and Youth Development Project, launched by INJAZ Lebanon in partnership with UTOPIA organization and Souk El Tayeb. The project, funded by the World Bank, is part of the Cultural Heritage and Urban Development Project implemented by Lebanon’s Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), who also rehabilitated the historic Khan El Askar building in the Old Souk of Tripoli.

The younger children were offered educational programs but also got to enjoy a range of recreational and handicraft activities. As for the youth group, aged between 15 and 24 years, they benefitted from a series of employability and entrepreneurial programs, in addition to English and computer literacy courses.


Spreading Hope with the Adopt-A-School project

Project funded by MBC Al-Amal

In consultation with the Ministry of Education, four public schools have been selected across Beirut and North Lebanon to be part of our newly launched Adopt-A-School project. Sponsored by MBC Al-Amal, the project consists of equipping the chosen schools with a Smart Learning/Computer Center or carrying out other renovations as per the school’s need and delivering INJAZ programs to their students.
During the Fall 2016 semester, INJAZ Lebanon took a first step in implementing INJAZ curricula through delivering the It’s My Business program, reaching out to a total of 61 students. The continuation of Adopt-A-School is expected to reach a total of 700 children and youth by delivering other INJAZ programs including Entrepreneur Master Class and Personal Economics and to carry out the renovation and the set up of the computer lab. Our sincerest thanks to MBC Al-Amal for their fundamental role as sponsor.

  Social Entrepreneurship Project with UNICEF Lebanon

Project funded by the Government of Netherlands

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, INJAZ Lebanon launched a pilot youth social entrepreneurship project, supported by UNICEF Lebanon, and funded by the Government of the Netherlands. The project was implemented in partnership with Amel Association International in Hay El Selloum and Shift Incubation Center in Tripoli.
The project gathered around 100 Lebanese and Syrian youngsters, aged 15 to 24 years, and engaged them in a series of social entrepreneurship and employability skills trainings. Program attendees were then organized into teams and given the chance to design, and even run, a small project addressing a need in their community. Project topics from both Tripoli and Hay El Selloum ranged between up-cycling, social catering, sports and recreational activities. A total of 12 teams won a sum of US$300 each to pursue their project.

  SYC: A University Student's Guide To The Workplace

Steer Your Career, sponsored by MetLife

Once again, the Steer Your Career Program, sponsored by Metlife, introduced 90 students from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM Beirut), the Lebanese American University (LAU), and the Lebanese International University (LIU) to the professional skills they will need and the challenges they may encounter while easing into the early stages of their future careers.
Thank you to our professional volunteers from Citibank LebanonMetlife, and UTOPIA organization who were instrumental in making the program a success. More classes will be taking place during Spring 2017 in other universities and organizations including American University of Science and Technology (AUST), Balamand University, Hariri University, the Lebanese University and Antami organization among others.
Volunteering took me years back, to where all ideals see the light, and to where all social changes begin. Meeting this elite group of LAU brings a challenge: the challenge to make a change, and the challenge to inspire. (...) Volunteering was a learning - rather than a teaching. It is enriching and inspiring, in a two-sense. A big salute to the INJAZ team for empowering our youth, and for promising us a better future. A big salute to LAU for developing this elite team. And sure, looking forward to more volunteering."  Noura ElKady Kurdian, HR Manager, Metlife, INJAZ Volunteer.

  Never Too Early To Be Entrepreneurial

Be Entrepreneurial & Entrepreneurship Master Class, sponsored by United Way Worldwide on behalf of the generosity of Bank of New York Mellon

Entrepreneurship education is steadily making its way into schools thanks to the support of United Way Worldwide on behalf of the generosity of Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM). BNYM sponsored both, the Be Entrepreneurial program and the Entrepreneur Master Class program, targeting a wider range of students from grade 10 to grade 11.

Both programs were delivered by professional volunteers from BNYMFattal Group, and MetLife agents, impacting a total of 371 students from Andre Nahas Public High School, Besancon School, Dbayeh Public High School, Jdeideh Public High School, and Kfarshima Public High School.

“[...] I found that most of the students were interested to hear about “entrepreneurship”. This was a new concept for them which was not delivered in the normal school curriculum. I am sure they will remember in the future, the guidance given to them in this program. [...]"  Sylvie Chalfoun, Vice President, Team Leader for EMEA developing Markets, BNYM, INJAZ Volunteer

  ICAMP Bekaa: The Start of a New Journey

Innovation Camp, sponsored by Citi Foundation
Thanks to the continued sponsorship of Citi Foundation, our first Innovation Camp (ICAMP) for the academic year 2016-2017 was launched on November 5th, 2016 in Ablah, Bekaa, in partnership with Daher Foods. 76 students from the College Notre Dame de L’Assomption, Rayak Public High School and Ali el Nahri Public High School participated.
Professional volunteers from program partner Daher Foods, mentored the students with the following challenge: coming up with a creative communications idea targeting the consumers of Master Chips to differentiate between the latter’s potato and corn snacks. [...]
This program targeting youth is much needed especially that it helps them develop their skills and secure a better future. It’s the first time that a program of this nature is implemented in the Bekaa District, an area that suffers from many economic challenges. We’re very happy to be participating in this workshop especially that it gave the students from different schools the chance to work together and build new friendships. "  William El Aouta, School Representative, Ali Nahri Public High School

  Partnering for Success

INJAZ Lebanon is very excited to be a Supporting Partner at ArabNet Beirut- Lebanon’s leading conference on digital business in the Levant and Egypt. In its 8th edition, the conference held on February 20th to 22nd, will bring together over 1,300 corporate executives, marketing industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to discuss the latest trends in the digital sector, as well as the opportunities available for companies working in that space.

  Welcome to Our Newest Board Members

It is with the utmost pleasure that we welcome three new member companies to our Board of Directors:

- AC Holding, represented by Mr. Eddy Cherfan, CEO.
- Matelec Group, represented by Mr. Michel Doumet, Executive Officer.
- Metlife, INJAZ Lebanon's partner since 2014, represented by Mr. Jean-Claude Noujaim, General Manager.

We sincerely thank them for their enthusiasm, their belief in our mission and their help in preparing Lebanon’s youth for their professional future.

  International Volunteers Day

We want our volunteers to know just how much their contribution means, not only to us, but to all the youth they have touched through our programs. In light of the International Volunteers Day celebrated on December 5th, and in line with INJAZ's unwavering appreciation for all those who give of their time and energy, we sent out a thank-you note to 298 volunteers who delivered our programs during 2015 and 2016 in the form of an all-inclusive SMS campaign with the support of eBeirut, provider of e-marketing services.

"I have started volunteering with INJAZ in 2015 and so far it has been a memorable journey. Steer Your Career is exactly what undergrads need for their future. It gives them a vision and a set of skills that are not taught in schools. I did not know what to expect when I first enrolled as a volunteer. But after giving the first two sessions, I realized what could this program, given by a volunteer from a professional background, bring as an added value and have a life-changing experience."
Marie-line Rizk, Volunteer, Legal Compliance Officer, Citibank Lebanon, INJAZ Volunteer
I learned today about inspiration, innovation, collaboration and how to solve problems. I learned what an entrepreneur is. He’s someone who dared to go after what he believes in, confident, self-developed and turns innovative ideas into profitable businesses. An entrepreneur has the skills and is inspired. I loved to discuss and to engage with others. Our volunteer helped us better collaborate. He has a special personality, able to engage all the students to work together.”"
Diana Salman, College Notre Dame de L'Assomption, INJAZ Student
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