“Youth Change Everything” Conference, which took place this Saturday, September 29th, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, gathered over 120 high school and university students for a day of learning, inspiration and fun. Devoted to the topic of “Leadership in Arab World”, it aimed to provide the youth of Qatar with knowledge and skills, essential for future leaders.
Organized by The Youth Company, a youth-run social enterprise, powered by the U.S. Embassy in Doha, and supported by the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, “Youth Change Everything” Conference appeared to be a unique platform for youth personal and professional development. James Callahan, Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy and one of the panelists of the conference, commented on the occasion: “We feel it’s important to develop the leadership skills of young people everywhere. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow”.
The event started with an official opening, followed by two rounds of workshops, designed to provide delegates with experiential learning on different topics, such as: leadership today, volunteering, crisis management, teamwork, self management and motivation.
The workshops were followed by a panel discussion, where Dean Proctor, EGM Retail and Consumer Banking at Commercialbank, James Callahan, Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy in Doha, Shareef Mostafa Batata, Associate Director of SME Programs at Silatech and Maryam Al Subaiey, a Qatari writer, entrepreneur and co-founder of UChange, shared their personal journey in a pursuit of leadership.
“Youth Change Everything” Conference was also a place to announce winners of pre-event on-line contest, which aimed to unleash creativity among the youth through collecting best answers to several questions about leadership in the modern world. Maaz Ali, 15 years old, student of M.E.S. Indian School, took the 1st prize and won an iPad.
“We would like to express our gratitude to all the participants, partners, sponsors, speakers, trainers and volunteers, who have made this day a success. And though the conference itself has finished, youth change just started, and we will be happy to have all the delegates as participants of other programs and initiatives of TYC”, concluded Diego Pinzon, Executive Director of The Youth Company.
In the upcoming months The Youth Company will continue its YOU-Training Program, series of trainings, covering both hard and soft skills, YOU in Action Program, providing volunteering opportunities for youth and will finish calendar year with second edition of “Run The World” Festival, devoted to sports and healthy lifestyle. All the programs are free of charge for youth, but require registration due to limited number of available seats.
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