Sustainable Youth Volunteer Network

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Jordan’s youth are blazing new trails in the tourism industry with the help of USAID’s Youth Volunteer Ambassador Network.
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USAID YouthPower’s Volunteer Ambassador Network program brought together more than 700 youth leaders and influencers. They led local policy dialogue with government and decision makers and worked with the Ministry of Youth to implement activities and address challenges in tourism, education, vocational education, and vocational employment. The volunteers gained specialized training which allowed volunteers to experiment and pilot their ideas and knowledge in a safe environment.

Waad Al’ananbeh, a 27 year-old, explained, “My generation has grown up watching our parents make the best quality food products, like olives, pickles, and dairy products, however they were never able to sell them. After several USAID-sponsored youth-led community meetings, we decided to learn mobile phone application development to create an application that can be used as a platform to sell all the great products that they produce.”

The Youth Volunteer Ambassador Network, set up by USAID YouthPower, began as a way to reach youth in Jordanian communities and facilitate program work, and evolved into a valuable network of proactive youth who are leading positive change in their communities.

Since 2017, USAID has supported more than 584 youth-led initiatives through YouthPower in 60 communities in Jordan which has enabled more than 17,961 youth to realize their full potential and pursue their dreams. As the YouthPower activity comes to an end, USAID continues to empower youth to act as engaged citizens and productive members of society, to advocate for themselves, and to shape services to better prepare them to enter higher education, vocational training, and the workforce. 

 

Last updated: April 08, 2022

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