Citi Foun­da­tion, INJAZ Al-Arab ex­tend part­ner­ship

In sup­port of youth en­trepreneur­ship

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

INJAZ Al-Arab, the re­gional of­fice of Ju­nior Achieve­ment (JA) World­wide, and Citi Foun­da­tion re­new their 11 year part­ner­ship in sup­port of a com­mon vi­sion - to in­still Arab youth with a spirit of en­trepreneur­ship through the prin­ci­ple of ‘learn­ing by do­ing’. Both par­ties aim to make a dif­fer­ence in the re­gion by de­vel­op­ing, em­pow­er­ing, and fos­ter­ing stu­dents’ skills through var­i­ous in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed pro­grams. The part­ner­ship with INJAZ Al-Arab is a part of the Citi Foun­da­tion’s Path­ways to Progress ap­proach de­signed to pre­pare ur­ban youth with the ca­reer readi­ness tools and op­por­tu­ni­ties to thrive in to­day’s econ­omy. Specif­i­cally the part­ner­ship will sup­port two Injaz Al-Arab pro­grams, The Com­pany Pro­gram and the In­no­va­tion Camps across nine coun­tries in MENA, in­clud­ing Kuwait. To­gether both ini­tia­tives tar­get a to­tal of 9,920 Arab youth and seek to foster their skills in en­trepreneur­ship and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy.

Akef Aqrabawi, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, INJAZ Al-Arab com­ments: “Thanks to the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion of Citi, Arab stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to hone their en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills as they be­come the lead­ers of to­mor­row. Armed with these quin­tes­sen­tial skills, youth can force­fully and con­fi­dently start and run their own busi­nesses as well as be­come more well­rounded and em­ploy­able de­vel­op­ing their ideas into vi­able busi­ness op­tions. The big­ger pic­ture is to equip youth to drive the economies of the Arab World for­ward through train­ing de­signed to in­spire them to de­velop am­bi­tion, en­trepreneur­ship and pro­fes­sional skills.”

Com­pe­ti­tion

One of these pro­grams is the re­gional an­nual Com­pany Pro­gram com­pe­ti­tion which was de­signed to in­spire and pre­pare a gen­er­a­tion of Arab youth to use their nat­u­ral tal­ents, pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to be­come the busi­ness lead­ers and en­trepreneurs of to­mor­row. The ini­tia­tive is a culmination of the course of 2016-2017 of ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing and ap­pli­ca­tion based ac­tiv­i­ties ex­e­cuted by a se­lect group of cor­po­rate men­tors who work hand-in-hand with stu­dents on es­tab­lish­ing, mar­ket­ing and liq­ui­dat­ing a real busi­ness.

“Un­em­ploy­ment amongst Arab youth cur­rently stands at among the high­est in the world. With a gap be­tween the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and job mar­ket in the Arab World, Arab youth need to take on the role of job cre­ators them­selves, which is why in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams based on de­vel­op­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills and mind-sets are needed now more than ever. The Citi Foun­da­tion-INJAZ part­ner­ship en­ables the next gen­er­a­tion of en­trepreneurs to de­velop skills that link to a tan­gi­ble path­way to over­com­ing un­em­ploy­ment not only for them­selves but cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for oth­ers through their en­ter­prises,” said Car­men Had­dad, CEO of Citi Qatar and Re­gional Board mem­ber of Injaz Al-Arab. Other pro­grams in­clude the In­no­va­tion Camp one-day events (I-camps) which are one day ac­tion-packed events de­signed to chal­lenge stu­dents to find in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to real busi­ness chal­lenges. I-camps caters to cre­ativ­ity, team­work, lead­er­ship, crit­i­cal think­ing, and pre­sen­ta­tion skills in or­der to learn about busi­ness start-ups in a fun and in­ter­ac­tive way.

“Our work with INJAZ Al-Arab in the Mid­dle East will con­tinue to in­vig­o­rate a cul­ture of en­trepreneur­ship and im­prove work-readi­ness skills among young peo­ple across the re­gion through our joint pro­grams.” Had­dad added.

Named one of the top 100 NGOs in the world by Global Jour­nal, INJAZ Al-Arab has in­flu­enced the lives of over two mil­lion stu­dents since its in­cep­tion in 2004. INJAZ pro­vides Arab stu­dents with en­trepreneur­ship train­ing, op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop soft and oc­cu­pa­tional skills, and the fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy re­quired to start and run their own busi­nesses as well as be­come more well­rounded and em­ploy­able.

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