Starbucks and the International Youth Foundation (IYF) have selected 10 young Jordanian social entrepreneurs to receive additional funding to help scale up their social change projects across the country.
The 10 are part of Phase Two of BADIR, an initiative founded by Starbucks and the IYF in 2011 to create a national network of Jordanian youth leaders, empowering them to create positive change in their communities.
The recipients were announced at the conclusion of the two-day selection process, which took place on November 15 and 16 at the Umniah Think Tank. They will each receive up to USD 6,000 to further expand their ambitious social initiatives.
The BADIR program has recruited and supported a total of 65 fellows to date, with 20 being selected to receive additional social innovation funding. In addition to financial support, BADIR fellows receive mentorship and support from the Friends of BADIR, an array of public, private and civil society organizations actively engaged in the program. To learn more, please visit http://www.badir.jo/.
Regional Communications and CSR Manager for Starbucks Coffee MENA, Rana Shaheen, explained that “Starbucks’ support for local entrepreneurs stems from its belief that businesses have a responsibility to contribute to positive change in the communities where they operate.”
“Following the exceptional success of BADIR and its fellows over the past several years, we are eager to continue supporting these inspiring young entrepreneurs as they further scale up their initiatives. The dedication and drive of these socially conscious leaders has reinvigorated Starbucks’ commitment to empowering local youth. We at Starbucks would like to congratulate the latest recipients of additional social innovation funding, and look forward to watching them build upon their incredible contributions to communities across the Kingdom,” Shaheen added.
IYF’s Jordan Country Director, Rana Turk, said: “We at IYF are continuously inspired by the work our BADIR fellows are carrying out, and the determination with which they are addressing important and diverse needs in the community. We are delighted to be able to continue supporting these outstanding young leaders, who demonstrate the incredible potential of Jordanian youth.”