Online Platform to Promote Youth Talent

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An online platform where marginalized youth can promote their talents and seek opportunities
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Campaign successfully funded on: 23 May,2014

This project has been successfully funded with $7,350 (105%)

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Short Summary
The Nawaya Network provides opportunities to talented youth who lack the resources to reach their full potential. Can you imagine how many incredible youth with amazing abilities are out there, but due to limited financial means, they are simply unable to make it? Often, youth end up losing hope and as a result, get caught up in crime, violence, drugs, or drop out of school and spend the rest of their lives struggling to survive.

The good news is - we have developed an online platform on www.nawaya.org to give these youth a chance to share their inspiring stories with the public. They are aspiring athletes, artists, musicians, performers, writers, photographers... Yet, some of them lack the basic material and equipment to practice with, while others cannot afford to cover the costs of transportation or the workshop fees. 

Via our interactive online platform, we are giving YOU the opportunity to directly support a youth of your choice. Our goal is to create an online network of dedicated members willing to share their knowledge, connections, and resources with our youth in order to give them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

What We Need & What You Get 
We have launched this campaign on Zoomaal to raise funds to build a better and more user-friendly online platform. We have so many incredible ideas for the site based on user feedback, and we can’t wait until these features are live! 

We are also fundraising to cover the costs of promoting the platform. We won't be able to extend our support to more youth unless we have built a strong online community of members that keeps growing and that remains active on our platform. To put it simply: we need to improve the site to keep you coming back and to empower as many youth as possible!

Our goal is to raise $7,000 to cover web development, management, design costs, as well as to cover the costs associated with promoting and advertising the site.

The great news is that if you donate soon, Hivos Foundation will match your donation!

The Impact
Although our online platform was launched less than a year ago, we are already in the process of supporting 30 youth from various backgrounds, and have already made a difference in the lives of several youth. Below are just some of our success stories:

-- Nadine, the inspiration behind Nawaya, has finally been enrolled in a fashion design school.

-- Rana is making mosaics and selling them in various shops around Beirut.

-- Omar is enrolled in an advanced football academy, and Ahmed is taking basketball classes, opportunities which were far from reach before our support; their self-esteem has soared.

-- Moe has taken various graffiti workshops and even went to the UK for advanced training! Through Nawaya, he is also offering workshops in tattoo design, pencil art, and graffiti art.

-- Reine’s passion is in ballet and has been invited to a dance camp in NY for two weeks this summer.

-- Ahmed and Ramadan are Thai-boxing champions and through Nawaya are offering self-defense classes for women, which is providing them with much-needed income in return.


Recognition and Achievements of The Nawaya Network and Founder

-- Finalist on the Ideaz Prize on MTV, 2012

-- Winner of the King Abdullah Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement, 2013

-- Winner of the NABAD Social Entrepreneurship Competition, 2013

-- Mentioned in Her Majesty Queen Rania’s speech at Harvard University, 2013

-- Finalist in the Global Social Venture Competition, 2014

-- Featured in over 25 local and international media outlets since 2012 (for a look at some articles and videos, click here)

Additional Videos from The Nawaya Network

Be More - Mentorship Ad

How Our Platform Works

MBC Featuring Our Youth


Other Ways You Can Help 
We are relying on your support to spread the word! Log onto www.nawaya.org, pick a video of one of our youth, share it online and by email, and encourage your friends to donate to our cause! 

Thank you for your time, interest, and support! 






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