2015 Youth Graduation
The Youth Education and Empowerment Scholarship Fund by Ruwwad Al Tanmeya supports 450 Youth scholars every year in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine. In return, each scholar is required to contribute 4 hours a week of community service, adding up to 84,600 community service hours per year. In November 2015, Ruwwad Al-Tanmeya in Jordan celebrated the graduation of 52 scholars from the Mousab Khorma Youth Education & Empowerment Fund (MKYEF), the Ruwwad Al-Tafileh Scholarship Fund and the Ruwwad Al-Beida Scholarship Fund. With the graduation of the 52 scholars, the total number of Ruwwad alumna soared to 621 since the organization’s establishment in 2005 in Jordan.
The graduation ceremony, which took place on November 28, 2015, was held under the theme Build It Up – 10 Years of Working with Youth, celebrating a decade since Ruwwad’s establishment in 2005 in Jordan.
The day’s events began with a career counseling session led by consulting company Better Business, during which graduates were briefed on business practices and offered advice on the topic of Success in the Professional World. The graduation ceremony itself then commenced with a welcome note by Ruwwad Regional Director and Head of Programs, Samar Dudin, followed by an emotionally charged segment celebrating the past 10 years of Ruwwad’s work, in which graduates from previous years took to the stage to share their experiences. The ceremony continued with a presentation by Youth Organizing Program Officer, Rahaf Abo Duha, which highlighted some key milestones in the youths’ empowerment journey, including community service, cultural and business enrichment components and youth-led initiatives.
In addition to graduate speeches and a short film produced about MKYEF graduates and their experiences with work after graduation, the ceremony included a presentation on developments at the Ruwwad Alumni Club, which was established to help Ruwwad’s youth scholar community maintain ties with fellow graduates and access opportunities through career networking and life-long learning. The ceremony concluded with the distribution of certificates, which were rewarded not only to this year’s 52 graduates, but also to 20 Ruwwad youth champion volunteers in recognition of their exceptional service.
Ruwwad Al-Tanmeya is a non-profit community development organization that works with disenfranchised communities through education, youth volunteerism and grassroots organizing. Its approach encompasses an array of programs and initiatives that together strengthen agency and facilitate redress to problems prioritized by members of the community. Founded by Fadi Ghandour and a group of Jordanian business entrepreneurs, Ruwwad was incubated by Aramex during its initial stages and continues to receive the support of both Aramex and Cairo Amman Bank.