Underprivileged youth in MENA face stifling political, economic, and cultural challenges on a daily basis that cause a general sense of hopelessness, and solidifies –for many- the impossibility of breaking the cycle in order to achieve a better and more hopeful future.
Arab Excellence (AE) is a non-profit organization that aims to provide underprivileged youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the training, inspiration, network and mentorship needed to help them realize and reach their full personal and professional potential.
To do so, Arab Excellence aligns itself with role models from across the Arab world that they can culturally relate to. This instils in youth a tremendous amount of inspiration and empowerment and motivates them to actualize their vision for change.
Arab Excellence’s educational and training programs aim to nurture creativity and excellence by showcasing and exploring the various options to solving a given situation, and the routes available to achieve a given goal. The training programs were developed based on the life experiences and success stories of Arab role models in MENA and around the world, who defied political, cultural, and economic odds and excelled in their respective field. They are the true personification of ‘Arab Excellence’. Their determination, commitment, and creativity are what Arab Excellence aims to instil in the targeted population.
Arab Excellence also provides youth in the MENA region with on-going mentorship and a professional network to utilize as they identify their professional vision, build a roadmap, and implement an action plan.
Youth unemployment continues to be one of the most significant economic challenges within the MENA countries. In a region where youth account for half of the total population, the frustration resulting from not being able to work and support one’s family is growing exponentially.
The lack of purpose and access to economic opportunities have left many youth vulnerable to extreme ideology and radicalization. Groups like the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) continue to target desperate and unemployed youth, especially in underprivileged communities, and lure them into joining them with the promise of salvation and/or economic stability.
IMPORTANT FACTS AND STATISTICS in MENA Countries:
- In the past 10 years, knowledge has become widely available thanks to internet and the surge of online courses which makes learning a personal responsibility.
- Lacking hope and a sense of direction can lead some youth to drift into the hands of those involved in crime or military – this could be detrimental not only for the individuals but for the society as a whole.
Population less than 25 years old
Youth Unemployment Rate
new unemployed youth every year
of Graduates are expected to have jobs yet to be created
IMF Report of January 2018 based on data compiled by:
– International Labor Organization
– International Monetary Fund
– United Nation High Commissioner of Refugees
– World Bank
some reasons behind youth unemployment or underemployment in MENA:
absence of Professional Networks
Poor Soft Skills
Lack of career Orientation
Low visibility of Role Models
We strongly believe that youth hold the solutions to these challenges.
the Best way to empower them is to give them the 21st century tools and guidance to empower themselves!
How We Impact
Arab Excellence is working with incubators and accelerators to provide start-ups with training, workshops, and business mentoring. These workshops aim to inspire and empower the founders by helping them define the company purpose and vision and align it with their personal vision, articulate a concrete roadmap to achieve it, strengthen team cohesion, build and implement an efficient go-to-market approach, develop keys skills such as networking and public speaking skills, among others…
“Arab Excellence instills in today’s youth hope and faith in their ability to achieve their dreams and their goals.
In Morocco, they are perpetuating the heritage of pioneers like Nawale El Moutawakeel and Hicham El Guerrouj. They provide todays’ young generation with self-confidence and hope for their future”