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Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon

by The Nawaya Network
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Our Youth posing with their Certificates!
Our Youth posing with their Certificates!

Dear Friends,

 

Following the pilot phase of the Nawaya Impact Lab training program in 2016 in various locations across Beirut last year, the Nawaya Network team regrouped at the beginning of 2017 to analyze our training impact and put together an even more comprehensive and impactful program in 2017.

While our program in 2016 saw 650 marginalized youth from different nationalities graduate and provided seed funding for more than 14 youth team projects, we realized that the majority of the youth participating in our training had difficulties transitioning from the training room to starting a small business or a social enterprise due to a number of key factors.

 

To address this issue while keeping the human element at the center of our training, as well as growing our reach, we’ve developed a unified Design Thinking and Business Development curriculum and have now added a crucial six week incubation period to the program.

 

Our youth now get access to professional, focused, business coaching to guide them through the piloting phase.

 

With the April round now completed in six locations across Beirut, Mount Lebanon & the South, we will be rolling out new sessions monthly. Our aim is to reach 2,400 marginalized Lebanese and refugee youth and fund 300 youth led projects by the beginning of 2018.

 

Here are a few images of some of our youth on graduation day earlier this month!

 

Last but not least, we would like to thank UNICEF Lebanon for their continued support as well as The Kingdom of the Netherlands for funding this year’s program.

 

Another milestone we would like to share with you, is the life changing impact our coding bootcamp SE Factory is yielding! Now in its third edition, previously unemployed SE Factory graduates have received 3 job offers each in less than two weeks post graduation!

 

Kind Regards,

Celine

Talented & Ready to Pilot
Talented & Ready to Pilot
Prototyping in class!
Prototyping in class!
SE Factory
SE Factory
2016 Nawaya Achievements
2016 Nawaya Achievements

As the new year begins, we're all busy making plans and so are our youth! 

We piloted the Nawaya Impact Lab in July 2016 over a period of seven months, in seven marginalized locations across Beirut, reaching hundreds of youth. 

Our youth undoubtedly face a number of limitations and challenges on a daily basis.

Despite these limitations, we were inspired by their determination as we came across a treasure trove of innovative and creative project ideas proposed by youth.

Here are some of our youth small enterprise and community project ideas from our 2016 training round: 

Mfak Baraghi is a small enterprise which provides a team of experienced workers for fast and reliable maintenance and refurbishment services. The services include: electrical wiring, plumbing, painting, AC and tiling services.The business will provide these services to homes and offices 24 hours daily, 7 days a week. Click here to view the project video!

Baytouti is a project created by two young sisters, one of whom is passionate about baking and healthy nutrition while the other is passionate about business. The aim of this project is to put an end to unhealthy snacking among kids on the outskirts of the Shatila refugee camp area by providing clean, homemade and healthy snacks for children! Click here to learn more!

Green and Peace is a welcoming and safe environment for girls whose parents do not allow to participate in outdoors or public sports activities. This project idea is to gather marginalized girls and women in group workout sessions in Horsh Beirut for them to alleviate their feelings of limitation. Watch the video here!

With the influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon, an increasing number of people are looking for new homes to move into. Beit Now is a digital platform which connects landlords to tenants and facilitates the search for a new home based on each tenant's budget and requirements. Learn more!

Check out our platform on www.nawaya.org to explore a number of other exciting youth-led initiatives.  We look forward to sharing their progress with you in the coming months!

Our target for 2017 is to reach 2,500 youth in Beirut, Mount Lebanon & the South through the Nawaya Impact Lab and our coding bootcamp SE Factory

Kind Regards, 

Celine

Mfak Baraghe team leader explains the project
Mfak Baraghe team leader explains the project
A child buys unhealthy & dirty street food
A child buys unhealthy & dirty street food
Iman promotes outdoor sports by riding her bike
Iman promotes outdoor sports by riding her bike
Beit Now a digital platform to facilitate rentals
Beit Now a digital platform to facilitate rentals

Dear Friends,

We introduced the Nawaya Impact Lab training program, in partnership with UNICEF, to you back in August.

Today, we're proud to let you know that since July, we have so far trained 300 youth beneficiaries from over seven different locations around Beirut.

The Nawaya Impact Lab is an intensive one-month design thinking and business development training program for unemployed and out of school Lebanese and refugee youth.

The program provides youth with the skills they need to develop innovative, income-generating solutions to problems in their communities. The most viable enterprise ideas advance to the mentorship phase, and are selected to be featured on our website www.nawaya.org to crowdfund for and help kickstart their initiatives.

We're excited to share our first six small social enterprise and business projects our youth have created and invite you to support their initiatives by donating through our website on: www.nawaya.org.

Your donations will be matched with equal funds from UNICEF & The Nawaya Network.

The Nawaya Impact Lab was made possible through support from UNICEF Lebanon, UBI Banca and The German Cooperation.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Graduation Day for SE Factory Students
Graduation Day for SE Factory Students

Dear Friends,

It has been a big year for Nawaya: last time, we had informed you of the launch of our new coding bootcamp called SE Factory, which aims to develop the technical and soft skills of low-income computer science graduates, with the aim to improve their employability.  Since then, our first batch of students have completed the program, and so far, 75% of them have gone on to receive job offers.

Last month, we launched our second round with 16 extremely ambitious and hard-working students, and look forward to sharing their progress with you in the coming months.

In other news, we have launched the "Nawaya Impact Lab" - a program in partnership with UNICEF which seeks to empower unemployed Lebanese and refugee youth by developing their innovative and entrepreneurial skills to improve their income-generating opportunities.  Watch our newly-released animation explainer video here!

We launched our first round in the Bourj el Barajneh refugee camp, with 31 youth from Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian backgrounds.  They learned a series of skills related to design thinking, innovation, and prototyping, in addition to soft skills and life skills such as gender equality, conflict resolution, drug awareness, and suicide prevention.  We selected the top 10 most promising and committed students, who are now receiving advanced training in business development.  We look forward to updating you about their projects soon!

Next week, we are launching our new round, with 120 more youth from three neighborhoods in Beirut.  Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook to hear of their exciting ideas and projects.

That's it for now - more exciting news in three months!

Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement!

Innovation Session with Refugee Youth
Innovation Session with Refugee Youth
Presentations by refugee youth
Presentations by refugee youth
Refugee youth in an innovation session
Refugee youth in an innovation session

Dear Friends,

We've been quite busy here at Nawaya!  For the past few months, we have been building a new program in partnership with UNICEF to support over 600 unemployed and out-of-school Lebanese and refugee youth this year.

The program will be launched in July, and will train youth on how to innovate and create income-generating enterprises and projects that serve a critical need in their communities.  These challenges may relate to education, poverty, safe play areas, green/open spaces, shelters, lighting, drug abuse, suicide, and depression, among a host of other problems and challenges.

Our youth will be inspired to use their talents, skills, passions, and interests to come up with creative solutions that not only address specific needs, but which also provide them with an income, thus empowering them to become self-sufficient change-makers in their communities.  

The best proposals and ideas will be selected to enroll in an advanced bootcamp that will help them take their concept to the next level.  We can't wait to see what they come up with!

We are excited about this new addition to Nawaya, as the program aims to empower otherwise idle and vulnerable/at-risk youth by harnessing/developing their abilities and potential and channeling them into much-needed and overlooked sectors.

Our team has expanded from just two people to seven within a few weeks, and we will continue to grow in the coming weeks and months.  As our program will be launched after Ramadan, by August we will have exciting updates and photos to share with you.  We look forward to it!

In the meantime, our SE Factory Coding Bootcamp, which was launched in March, is going strong.  Students have been attending intensive lectures daily from 11am - 8pm, and have learned critical technical and soft skills needed to get them employed upon completion of the program in mid-June.  

Due to the success of the program, we will be launching round two in July with a new batch of students, and aim to replicate the program in at least one other city starting January 2017.

Many thanks as always for your continued support!

 

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The Nawaya Network

Location: Beirut - Lebanon
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Twitter: @Nawaya
Project Leader:
Zeina Saab
Beirut, Beirut Lebanon

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