This April, 40 youth leaders from 20 countries across the world are gathering at Stanford University’s sunny campus to share their ideas and experiences, and drive the spirit of collaboration between the United States and the Middle East.
In response to the political upheaval following the Arab Spring, Stanford students from the MENA region and United States created the American Middle East Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS), a new initiative to promote greater collaboration and understanding between youth leaders in the two regions.
The 40 delegates were chosen from a pool of over 300 candidates. The applications came in from across the US and MENA region. Participants were selected based on demonstrated commitment to promoting social, political, and economic change – as well as an assesment of their potential to influence US-MENA affairs.
Among the AMENDS delegates are a leader of the February 20 Youth Movement in Morocco; the co-founder of Rassd News Network, the sixth most influential media source in the MENA region; and the founder of Lend for Peace, a micro-finance program in the Middle East. Countries represented include Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, as well as the US and Canada.
For 5 days starting April 10, the delegates will work together on their initiatives, participate in workshops held in collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and present AMENDS Talks, modeled after TEDTalks™, that will be broadcast on Stanford University’s official YouTube channel.
TechWadi mentors will host the delegates on April 11 at Stanford. Events on April 13 and 14, including the AMENDS Talks and keynote addresses, will be open to the public.
Some of the AMENDS Delegates: