3 Questions with Maram Khalil and Al’a Ghazi Hussain Essa: Economic Opportunity for Youth

Chemonics International

Maram Khalil and Al’a Ghazi Hussain Essa are young professionals in Jordan’s hospitality industry. Through the Jordan Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism (BEST) project, they are gaining opportunities for professional development and personal growth. In this blog series highlighting youth economic opportunity, Maram and Al’a reflect on their experience with Jordan BEST’s Pathways to Professionalism Program.

Can you tell us about your career goals and experience as a young professional in Jordan?

Positive Youth Development: What is it? And does it impact youth employability?

Results for Development

On Tuesdays, my colleagues and I take a break from assessing health and education challenges to strategize on the soccer field instead. We’re very good at strategizing, but we’re awful at scoring goals. Soccer, of course, is a sport that requires thoughtful strategy, but a game plan is not very useful without clear communication to execute it, the stamina to run across the field toward the goal, or the skills to kick the ball on target. If we’re going to score, win games and fulfill our goal of making the playoffs, we need that whole package.

Girl Coders Fight Sexual Harassment


Blerta is the first girl in the Kosovo’s IT sector to ever win a grant to work on a computer application. Since then, she established Girls Coding Kosova in February 2014. Earlier this year, Girls Coding Kosova teamed up with Open Data Kosovo and USAID to develop #EcShlirë (meaning “walk freely” in Albanian), a mobile application for reporting sexual harassment in real time.

Panel Discussion: Advancing the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Rural Adolescent Girls

Advocates For Youth, Women Deliver, and Pathfinder International
Mar 12, 2018 (08:30am)

Location: 4 West 43rd Street, Blue Room, New York, NY 10036

WEBINAR: Early Evidence from the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) Program

YouthPower Learning
Jul 25, 2017 (10:00am to 11:30am)

This webinar will present key lessons from the GAGE program, a nine-year (2015-2024) UK government-funded program that is designed to gene

2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations

United Nations
Aug 9, 2017 (All day) to Aug 12, 2017 (All day)

Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards


We are living in a world where temperatures are rising, water shortages are more frequent, food supplies are increasingly scarce and the gap between rich and poor is increasing. Populations are growing fast, making basic hygiene and sanitation even more of a challenge.

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017 is open for applications


Are you the next SDG Talent?

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017 is open for applications – and you are invited!

To find smarter, faster, and cheaper ways to reach the Sustainable Development Goals we need next generation solutions from bold thinkers and leaders. UNLEASH will bring 1,000 hand-picked talents from around the world together to ideate and collaborate on new solutions in Denmark from August 13th-21st, 2017.

FELLOWSHIP: AAUW Fellowships and Grants, Nov 2016


One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2016–17 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.