Majidah focused her action plan during the 2013 Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) on creating more opportunities for girls to play soccer at all levels in Uganda and has since made headway in doing so and gained support for her project.
Radia Soulmani, 2013 TechGirls Alumna from Safi, Morocco, tells us how TechGirls inspired her to help her community.
Khadija Bencekri, 2012 TechGirl Moroccan alumna from Zagora, teaches HTML to young girls in her home community. She also organized the fist ever TEDx in Zagora, Morocco.
Kalyn and Nathan, National Security Language Initiative for Youth students in Marrakech, Morocco, describe how their experiences learning Arabic in the classroom, speaking with locals in the country's native language, and making personal connections with the people they meet have positively impacted and enriched their lives.
Ali Aaouine, 2013 Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund (AEIF) Winner (http://alumni.state.gov/AEIF), helped launched Greenside Development Foundation (GDF) in Imouzzer-Kandar, Morocco. GDF is dedicated to empowering unemployed young adults through new enterprise creation. More info: http://greensidedevelopment.org/
As the head of GO GIRL Pakistan, Fatima Saleem, a Global Sports Mentoring Program star alumna, funnels her energy into organizing sports clinics and mentoring sessions for Pakinstani girls—ranging from pre-schoolers to adolescents in age and representative of different socioeconomic classes. The key factor to Fatima’s success is engaging the men of the families and, ultimately, whole community in these programs.
Under ECA’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee promoted healthy lifestyles and shared lessons on leadership in Jerusalem for this first-ever State Department track and field envoy program.