You­THink Kuwait: DAI Mu­seum Youth Coun­cil

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You­THink Kuwait: DAI Mu­seum Youth Coun­cil is an or­ga­ni­za­tion backed by the Dar al-Athar al-Is­lamiyyah, an in­flu­en­tial haven for arts in the Mid­dle East. The youth coun­cil is led by a group of teenagers who seek to raise so­cial aware­ness on is­sues con­cern­ing the youth of Kuwait and the Mid­dle East, through art, events, work­shops and exhibitions.

“What we are hop­ing to achieve through cre­at­ing You­THink Kuwait is sim­ply to make the voices of the youth heard. All our ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams will be re­volved around the af­fairs of young peo­ple and what mat­ters to us and con­cerns us, and we specif­i­cally hope to shed light on cer­tain so­cial is­sues that we be­lieve, as a group of teenagers, is im­por­tant to talk about and dis­cuss,” - Fa­tima Has­san, Chair­man.

The youth coun­cil is a one year pro­gram, where each year stu­dents be­tween the ages of 14 - 18 (must be in sec­ondary school) are re­cruited as mem­bers of the coun­cil and are led by an elected ex­ec­u­tive team. Mem­bers of You­THink Kuwait work to­gether in com­mis­sions to cre­ate and de­velop events and ac­tiv­i­ties con­cern­ing the cul­tural cen­tre. These in­clude themed teen nights, art work­shops and an open art ex­hi­bi­tion among other ac­tiv­i­ties. In ad­di­tion to this, one of the key roles of a mem­ber is to be a do­cent, whose ma­jor re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are to help Dar al-Athar al-Is­lamiyyah vis­i­tors to bet­ter un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the art and cul­ture of the Is­lamic world. The mu­seum pro­vides 15 hours of do­cent train­ing, and once the train­ing is com­plete, mem­bers will be re­quired to do at least 3 hours per month of do­cent­ing at the mu­seum.

The first gen­eral meet­ing will take place at the Am­ri­cani Cul­tural Cen­tre on Fri­day the 25th of Novem­ber from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm, where po­ten­tial mem­bers will be in­tro­duced to the mu­seum, the youth coun­cil and the afore­men­tioned ac­tiv­i­ties. Stu­dents who wish to join must reg­is­ter upon ar­rival. The mu­seum hopes to see as many stu­dents as is pos­si­ble in Novem­ber, as this pro­gram is truly an ex­cep­tional op­por­tu­nity that will be very ben­e­fi­cial to all stu­dents in the fu­ture.

“The Novem­ber meet­ing will be a chance for the ex­ec­u­tive team to fa­mil­iar­ize the re­cruited mem­bers with all the pro­posed and agreed on ac­tiv­i­ties and their du­ties as a mem­ber and a do­cent, as well as clar­ify any ques­tions they have about the new pro­gram and the way in which it op­er­ates.”

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