What is Youth for Change?
Youth for Change is a youth-led program that aims at Inspiring, Informing and Involving Arab youth as Agents of Change in their communities.
Tala Nabulsi holds an MA in Women Studies, a BA in Political Science and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2006.
Tala joined TakingITGlobal in 2006 as a Translation and Editor Volunteer, and in 2007 was appointed the Arabic Language and Engagement Coordinator. In 2008 she became the project manager for Youth for Change pilot phase which was implemented over the year and is currently managing phase II. During 2008, Tala was also chosen as an e-mentor in TakingITGlobal's "MakeITHappen" e-course on project management, which is now renamed as "Sprout".
Tala has 10 years of project management and training experience and has previously worked with UNIFEM and other international organizations on women, youth and culture projects in Jordan and Canada. In addition, she co-founded the National Forum for Youth and Culture, a Jordanian youth-led NGO and is now a member in a number of national and international organizations.
"As an activist for youth development and leadership in the MENA region, my vision comes in parallel with that of 'Youth for Change' to create a hub for Arab youth leaders that will provide them with the tools, resources, networking and opportunities for change. Meeting our Agents of Change and knowing more about their projects and the impact they have created in their communities, has proved that although we have achieved a lot, there is still more to be done, as we need to reach out to more leaders and members of society who have the potential to create change.
"Being a mother myself makes me always think about the future of our region, what our current position is and what is needed to create a better place for future generations and I am hoping that 'Youth for Change' will be a positive step in that direction!"
Bushra is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto holding an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies. She has been very involved throughout her undergraduate degree in research, NGO work, and leadership roles. Bushra has done research in both Arabic and English at the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Senate of Canada on humanitarian issues in the Middle East and has additionally utilized her Arabic language skills to develop an independent research paper on the role of Syrian civil society post the 2011 Syrian War. She has also served as the Co-Director of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program at the University of Toronto, was the President of the Association of Political Science Students, the students union representing over 3000 political science students at the University of Toronto, and was the Co-Chair of the "Humanitarianism Exposed: Non-Governmental and Private Sector Perspectives on Aid and Development" conference at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Bushra is very passionate about all issues and causes related to the Middle East and hopes to use her passion and experience towards the Youth for Change project.
After having worked and studied in several different cities around the world, Adrian is ready bring his knowledge and multilingual skills (English, French, Spanish, German, Serbian) to share an impact on youth development internationally. Adrian has a Bachelors in Economics from York University and he joined TakingITGlobal in 2015 as Bilingual Youth Engagement Digital Coordinator and Translator. Inspired by his volunteer work in Quito, Ecuador, and his Iraqi background, he is passionate about developing the Arab youth movement one step at a time.
Jennifer is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community building, youth engagement and global education. She is Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization she co-founded in 1999 that received the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group. Jennifer has brokered collaborative partnerships with corporations, foundations, government agencies, non-profit organizations and UN agencies. She has travelled to over 40 countries where she facilitates workshops, presentations and leadership development projects to unleash the potential and creativity of youth. In 2013 Jennifer was designated an HP Catalyst Academy Fellow and she developed a Mini-Course for teachers on Facilitating Intercultural Digital Exchanges that has been translated into French, Spanish and Arabic. As Adjunct Professor at York University, Jennifer helped to design an undergraduate level course in the Faculty of Health. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master's of Environmental Studies. She is a contributing author of a book called Real Women, Real Leaders that was released by Wiley in 2015 and is a recipient of the 2015 BMO Celebrating Women Innovation and Global Growth Award.
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder and Director of Technology for TakingITGlobal.org, a global online community for young people, providing a platform for millions of youth across more than 200 countries to engage with social issues. Along with managing the technology team at TakingITGlobal, Michael was involved in developing the TIGed education program, and has spoken to over 50,000 educators about the importance of engaging students and integrating technology and global perspectives into the classroom. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.
In the past, he has turned his interest in technology into a series of successful online companies, co-founding MyDesktop.com (later sold to Internet.com) and BuyBuddy.com (which raised $4.5-million of venture capital). Michael has provided insights on the Net Generation to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including a 6-month engagement developing youth strategy with Microsoft in Seattle, Washington.
As one of Teen People's "20 teens that will change the world", Michael has shared his expertise in youth engagement and experiences bringing the power of technology to the non-profit sector by speaking at dozens of events, including the World Congress on IT, the US Government's National Youth Summit, Microsoft's Anytime, Anywhere Learning Summits, The Business Council, and TED. He has made numerous media appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Time Magazine, Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and USA Today. He is a board member and advisor to numerous groups including Better the World, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Virgin Unite, Greenpower Canada, and several other national and global organizations.
Esraa Adlan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the Arab Academy for Science & Technology, Alexandria, Egypt. When she first volunteered at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Dialogue Forum (DF) department she got to learn more and work on different national and international events, activities and projects this was when she developed a real interest in such issues addressing youth, human rights, intercultural dialogue, migration amongst others.
Esraa is now the Project Manager of several Outreach & Engagement programs at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina BA, and was previously the Head of the Info Mall and Youth unit at the Dialogue forum where she worked on different projects that help bring youth together to discuss the different challenges facing them nowadays as well as working on the ongoing Info Mall project which is web portal aiming at promoting the role of the non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and civil society organizations (CSOs).
In 2008 Esraa Adlan was The Protection Project International Human Rights Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, the United States of America, where she has been subjected to a comprehensive experience of the projects and events on the same previously mentioned humanitarian themes.
Randa Moussa holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Alexandria University and is currently studying an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in project management at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. She works as a Public Relations specialist in the Youth for Change project at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Her professional interests focus on charity & voluntary work, homeless children, youth activities and civil work.
In addition, she is the founder and the director of the Rahma Kayan Foundation, an Egypt-based youth-led non-profit organization. Randa worked as a project manager on several youth projects that focused on developing youth skills, including leadership. She participated in many voluntary activities whether through awareness projects, work experience or different simulation models and civil society. She has been chosen to attend several international conferences, international exchange programs, study visits, and the UN summer School.
Sara Salah holds a Bachelor of Media Communications with a minor in International Relations from Monash University, Australia, Malaysian Campus. She was an Honor Roll graduate from the Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP), Sunway University, Malaysia. When she first joined CIMP in 2011, she volunteered as a student helper for the new comers at the international students office for a period of four months. She later became a Sunway student agent and ambassador for Middle Eastern students in 2012. Having lived in various countries in the Middle East and Asia, she is fluent in three languages and is very passionate to explore and learn about other cultures.
Upon graduating, she began volunteering at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the public relations and the international communications department, where she got to meet a number of very remarkable figures from all around the world and gain a great experience in discipline, protocol and assistance by working on different national and international events. A major angle of Sara's degree focused on researching the effects of new media technologies in relation to political affairs and the current political communication and participation. Sara takes a great interest in the field of social media and has completed a course in social media campaigning.
Heba El-Rafey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies (Italian and Management) from London University, 1995, and an Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, 1998, UK. She began working in telecommunications marketing in the UK, later working in the Marketing Department of Unilever Egypt before taking a career change to join in Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) in 2001. Since then, her career developed through a number of capacities until her most recent move as Director of the BA's Dialogue Forum in 2008.
She comes from a multicultural background, having lived in various countries in the Middle East and Europe, and can converse in five languages. She was the recipient of the European Council for International Schools Award for International Understanding in 1991. Throughout her education, Heba has taken leadership roles, as President of the Student's Council at school, and as President of the Egyptian Society at university - finding ways and means to translate the desires of students into applicable ideas, and creating mutual understanding between cultures. These skills and experiences laid the foundations for her current leadership role at the BA, and her desire to provide youth with similar opportunities and her concern with the challenges they face.