QFI Sending 11 Students to Qatar Leadership Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is sending eleven students from Los Angeles, Portland, Tucson and Qatar to the 6th Annual Qatar Leadership Conference (QLC) from October 19-21, 2017.

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.

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).

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).

“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 will present include:

  1. Managing A Community Project at 17: A Survival Guide – An interactive workshop that covers youth engagement, marketing and funding challenges.
  2. Using the Sustainable Development Goals to Take Action in your Community – An arts-based education workshop for young students to teach them how to help protect life below water, and a workshop to improve sanitation conditions for the homeless population in Portland, Oregon.
  3. Using Advocacy and Global Collaboration to Further the Sustainable Development Goals –Innovative advocacy campaigns that address access to quality education.

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 based on the Sustainable Development Goals. Interested high school students may apply at qfi.fluidreview.com.