The Proteges’ 6th Edi­tion dis­cussed at KIPCO Tower

‘Job Shop’ work­shop opened

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Faten Omar

Kuwait Projects Com­pany (KIPCO) held a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at KIPCO Tower to dis­cuss the sixth edi­tion of The Proteges pro­gram and its Wasee­lah pro­ject. “The Proteges has proved its suc­cess through its great projects, and I am im­pressed by its qual­ity and work,” said Abeer Al-Omar, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager at KIPCO, the main spon­sor of Gen­er­a­tion 6. Omar noted that KIPCO is keen to in­vest in Kuwaiti youth and the devel­op­ment of their skills.

Omar an­nounced the re­newal of its part­ner­ship with The Proteges, a youth men­tor­ship pro­gram, for the next seven years. She added KIPCO will host a ‘Job Shop’ work­shop at KIPCO Tower where Kuwaitis will have the chance to learn more about KIPCO and its sub­sidiaries and get ex­clu­sive one-on-one time with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each com­pany for job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Job Shop, which opened later yes­ter­day, was es­tab­lished by Sheikha Al-Zain Al-Sabah, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Youth Af­fairs.

Pas­sion­ate and mo­ti­vated

Rana Al-Khaled, Proteges’ Men­tor, said she is proud of the abil­i­ties of young Kuwaitis. “It has been a plea­sure to know these pas­sion­ate and mo­ti­vated young peo­ple, and I am ea­ger to see what they will achieve in the fu­ture. We are con­tin­u­ing with the Proteges pro­ject be­cause we see hope in them ev­ery year. They are chang­ing for the bet­ter and so are we, and this is why we make sure to de­velop our ideas as well as our work­shop,” she said.

She af­firmed that The Proteges pro­gram will con­tinue be­cause of KIPCO’s com­mit­ment and its group com­pa­nies that are sup­port­ing young Kuwaitis as con­trib­u­tors to the so­ci­ety and as the coun­try’s fu­ture lead­ers. “Wasee­lah is a plat­form that strives to raise awareness that all tal­ents are in­flu­en­tial, and mo­ti­vate the gen­eral pub­lic to ex­press them­selves through var­i­ous forms of art,” said Maha She­hab, Wasee­lah Co­or­di­na­tor.

She­hab noted that her gen­er­a­tion de­cided to set up this pro­ject to de­velop the youth’s tal­ents. “Ev­ery­one has fears and in­ner doubts about them­selves. This sup­presses their po­ten­tials and abil­i­ties to flour­ish in the out­side world and make a pos­i­tive im­pact in the so­ci­ety in their own way. “Wasee­lah” will help them pros­per,” she said. “Wasee­lah held a play at Shamiya The­ater that was a mix of all art forms, which sat­is­fied the goal of Wasee­lah.” The play, ti­tled “The Key of Life”, is con­sid­ered a first-of-its-kind in the Arab re­gion to re­volve around the main maqa­mat (keys) in Ara­bic mu­sic that was por­trayed in a way that de­liv­ered a self-ex­pres­sive mes­sage.

Men­tor­ship pro­gram

The Proteges is a men­tor­ship pro­gram de­signed to pos­i­tively in­flu­ence the youth and push them to­wards re­al­iz­ing their own po­ten­tial. It is an all-in­clu­sive pro­gram that com­bines work­shops, lec­tures and games; all guided by a group of the most tal­ented ex­perts and in­flu­en­tial fig­ures across mul­ti­ple fields in Kuwait.

It is a pro­gram de­signed to in­flu­ence the youth of Kuwait to dis­cover their pas­sions. It in­cludes a wide range of en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as travel, lec­tures, col­lec­tive team­work and chal­lenges. The Proteges aims to dis­cover ex­traor­di­nary po­ten­tial in the youth and de­velop it through this once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence. They of­fer these bright young minds the chance to mas­ter their skills and tech­niques that are nec­es­sary to meet their goals. The Proteges se­lec­tion is based on a thor­ough screen­ing process en­sur­ing that they meet high stan­dards of ex­cel­lence. Ap­pli­cants must meet the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: Age 16 to 24; charis­matic, so­cial, dis­ci­plined, tol­er­ant, moral, ea­ger to learn, hard­work­ing and demon­strate su­pe­ri­or­ity to peers by suc­cess­ful achieve­ments.

— Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: (From left) Maha She­hab, Wasee­lah Co­or­di­na­tor, Abeer Al-Omar, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager at KIPCO and Rana Al-Khaled, Proteges’ Men­tor at­tend a press con­fer­ence at KIPCO Tower yes­ter­day.

Sheikha Al-Zain Al-Sabah, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Youth Af­fairs (sec­ond from left) joins in cut­ting a cake ded­i­cated to the ‘Job Shop’ work­shop.

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