Qatar Foundation International Sending 11 Students to Qatar Leadership Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is bringing together four students from Los Angeles, California; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson, Arizona, and seven students from Qatar for the 6th Annual Qatar Leadership Conference (QLC) from October 19 to October 21, 2017.


The students will present globally-focused service learning projects that they created, each of which meets one of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The QLC is a joint project run by The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar and Northwestern University in Qatar. It is the largest professional development conference in the Middle East devoted to high school students and their teachers, designed to develop student and teacher leadership within schools, with particular focus on the Model United Nations program.


Students were selected to attend the QLC based on their participation in YALLAH (Youth Allied to Learn, Lead and Help) Commit to Action (C2A), a program piloted by QFI in partnership with the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) to develop global citizenship and leadership skills among QFI’s youth community.

“We are committed to engaging high school students in activities that are meaningful to them,” said Maggie Mitchell Salem, executive director of QFI. “Students participating in C2A and QFI’s other Youth Engagement activities connect the SDGs with practical, local action that improves communities and connects students with their peers from dozens of other countries including Qatar.”


The three workshops that the QFI students created and will present include:


  1. Managing A Community Project at 17: A Survival Guide – An interactive workshop that explores engaging youth, marketing community project ideas, and funding challenges (Global Goal 15)


  1. Using the Sustainable Development Goals to Take Action in your Community – An arts-based educational workshop for young students to teach them how to help protect life below water (Global Goal 14), and a workshop to improve sanitation conditions (Global Goal 6) for the homeless population in Portland, Oregon


  1. Using Advocacy and Global Collaboration to Further the Sustainable Development Goals

Innovative advocacy campaigns implemented in three schools to address access to quality education (Global Goal 4), and a workshop using online collaboration, virtual service showcasing, and cross-cultural exchange to create surveys, community meetings and a poster contest to raise awareness around responsible consumption and production (Global Goal 12)


QFI has launched applications for the 2017-2018 YALLAH Commit to Action program to train and mentor a new cohort of students and inspiring projects revolving around the Sustainable Development Goals. Interested high school students may apply at