Eleven Young volunteers from across Moroccan regions will meet in Rabat Saturday, April 4th, 2015 to showcase their work with women associations and cooperatives during Embassy-Enactus Young Social Entrepreneurs Program service.
The volunteers, who are university students and recent graduates from throughout Morocco spent eight months volunteering their skills to support women’s cooperatives in the regions of Tiznit, Marrakesh, Azhrou, Ain Chgag, Oujda, Chefchaouen and Ouarzazate.
The volunteers were mentored by Dan Driscoll, a former Peace Corps volunteer and founder of The Anou, Rahama Wright, former Peace Corps volunteer and founder of the company, Shea Yeleen, Adnane Addioui, Country coordinator of ENACTUS and Touria Benlafqih, Enactus program Manager.
The program which is organized by the US Embassy in Morocco’s “Public Affairs Office” in collaboration with Enactus selected the 11 active young future leaders to support women NGOs in remote areas and enable them develop their civic work.
During the past eight months of the program, participants first attended many training workshops led by experts in the field of social entrepreneurship. Those focused on engaging Moroccan youth in women’s work, marketing, projects development and general aspects of social entrepreneurship.
During the training, volunteers learned about how to measure the needs of a community as well as met with acting Charge, David Greene, Chairman of ENACTUS Majid El Ghaib, Economic section representative, Michele Baron and some important people at the ministry of handcraft including Boubker Mazoz “Chef de Cabinet”. Furthermore, the volunteers had skype presentation with Dr. Ira Kaufman at the US embassy which was about “Successful Social Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age” which was a big inspiration for them to do well in their service.
The aim of the program is not only sharing information by volunteers with women NGOs, but tools, skills and process in which those women can use to empower their organizations. In addition, the program stressed on building trust and effective relationship between volunteers besides youth in general with women NGOs.
Last but not least, the volunteers will meet in Rabat for the closing ceremony in the 4th of April with the representative of women cooperatives to showcase their work and with the presence of His Excellency Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, Sr.