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AMIDEAST and Citi Foundation Announce New Partnership: Skills for Success®: Employability and Entrepreneurship Program in Lebanon

Accepting Applications Now

Washington, DC, and Beirut, Lebanon, December 28, 2017—AMIDEAST and the Citi Foundation proudly announce the launching of the “Skills for Success®: Employability and Entrepreneurship Program” in a two-year partnership aimed at providing economic opportunities impacting more than 600 youth in Lebanon.

AMIDEAST/Lebanon Country Director Barbara Batlouni with Michel Sawaya, Citi Country Officer for Lebanon

The program, part of the Citi Foundation’s global Pathways to Progress initiative will focus on building a new generation of entrepreneurs and work-ready youth by helping them gain skills needed to succeed in the job market, and for those with entrepreneurial potential, to get their business ideas off the ground to found their own businesses. 


AMIDEAST, Boeing Host a College Readiness Program for Kuwaiti High School Students

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Students in the new Skills for Success course along with representatives of Boeing, AMIDEAST, the Kuwait Ministry of Education, and the U.S. Embassy at the November 19th inaugural ceremony

Washington, DC, and Kuwait City, Kuwait, November 19, 2017 – AMIDEAST and The Boeing Company are pleased to announce the launch of a college readiness program that will prepare Kuwaiti students for the competitive academic and professional worlds. 

Left to Right: Alain Garcia, Boeing Company; Suzan AlBashiti, Ministry of Education; Samar Khleif, AMIDEAST; Patricia L. Fietz, U.S. Embassy; Roula Droubi, Boeing Company; and Charles Cole, U.S. Embassy

The new “Skills for Success®—College Readiness Program” is a high-impact educational opportunity that focuses on developing key academic and 21st-century skills that inspire critical thinking and problem solving. Thirty-two bright high-school students in grades 9 to 12 were selected from government schools to participate in the program, which will continue until April 2018.


AMIDEAST to Celebrate “Education Hero” Maroun Semaan

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Washington, DC, and Beirut, Lebanon, August 15, 2017 — Lebanese philanthropist and entrepreneur Maroun Semaan will be posthumously honored for his significant contributions to the advancement of education at the AMIDEAST Award Gala in Beverly Hills on October 14, 2017.  Mr. Semaan is the first recipient of the AMIDEAST Education Hero Award, an honor established by AMIDEAST to recognize individuals for their exemplary dedication to improving education in Lebanon.


Star-Studded AMIDEAST Gala in Beverly Hills To Benefit Youth in Lebanon

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Washington, DC, and Beirut, Lebanon, August 1, 2017 — AMIDEAST has announced that it is joining with the AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board to host the first AMIDEAST Education Hero Award Gala on October 14, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. Headlining the evening of elegance and excellence for more than 700 guests will be Lebanese celebrities in media and music who share AMIDEAST’s education mission.


Syrian Civil War Panel to Discuss Future of Conflict, U.S. Foreign Policy

As the Syrian civil war continues to drag on with no end in sight, AMIDEAST is pleased to host a panel of distinguished experts in Washington, D.C., on February 9 to discuss what this conflict means for the Syrian people, American foreign policy in the Trump administration, and the international community at large.

AMIDEAST/Egypt and Citi Foundation Launch Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Egypt

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Nadir Shaikh, Citi country officer for Egypt (left), and Shahinaz Ahmed, AMIDEAST’s country director for Egypt

Washington, DC, and Cairo, Egypt, December 7, 2016―AMIDEAST/Egypt and Citi Foundation have announced the launch of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a two-year partnership aimed at providing economic opportunities that will directly impact 40 aspiring young Egyptian entrepreneurs and further benefit as many as 600 other youth.

The program will focus on building a new generation of entrepreneurs by helping them to get their business ideas off the ground. AMIDEAST is now accepting application online through its webpage, www.amideast-yep.org, until January 31, 2017.
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AMIDEAST and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Embark on a New Partnership

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AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore Kattouf (left) and MBRF Managing Director Jamal bin Huwaireb sign the MOU that will strengthen cooperation between AMIDEAST and the MBRF.

Washington, DC, October 21, 2016 – AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF). The agreement, which was signed during GITEX Technology Week 2016 in Dubai, aims to strengthen cooperation between the two parties and coordinate their joint efforts to serve the community. 

From left, AMIDEAST Country Director for the UAE Rula Dajani, AMIDEAST President Kattouf, MBRF Managing Director Jamal bin Huwaireb, Dr. Khalid Wazani, MBRF Knowledge Advisor, and Shamsa Al Blooshi, MBRF Director of Partnershi

“MBRF and AMIDEAST will explore initiatives and sustainable programs to enhance R & D to establish a new generation of scientists, thinkers and researchers in line with the UAE National Agenda 2021,” MBRF said in a statement issued following the signing.


AMIDEAST Fundraising Gala Dinner: “Supporting Lebanon’s Top Students and Talents”

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Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST, addressed the gathering, saying, "I am so honored to head AMIDEAST, an organization that is doing so much to assist young people in this region to expand their opportunities."

Beirut, Lebanon, April 8, 2016—The AMIDEAST/LEBANON Advisory Board hosted its first fundraising gala dinner on April 8, 2016, at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut. The event, which was attended by 500 prominent political and social figures, was held to spread awareness of AMIDEAST’s wide range of educational and training services and their impact in Lebanon, as well as to raise funds that will strengthen the organization’s already robust efforts to empower students in their lives and careers through scholarships for study in the United States.

The AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board

AMIDEAST is a leading American nonprofit organization that has been engaged in education and training activities in the Middle East and North Africa since 1951. Its office in Lebanon is one of 12 country offices across the region through which AMIDEAST delivers programs and services that touch the lives of half a million individuals a year.  “I am so honored to head AMIDEAST, an organization that is doing so much to assist young people in this region to expand their opportunities,” noted Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST.


AMIDEAST Celebrates International Women's Day 2016

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Recent graduates of the Women@Work program in Egypt

March 8, 2016 — AMIDEAST is proud to join in today’s celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD).  AMIDEAST is committed to making a difference in the lives of women across the Middle East and North Africa by expanding access to opportunities for training and education.  Here are some of the ways in which we are working towards this goal:​

 


AMIDEAST Tunisia Celebrates 42 Years and Opening of New Tunis Office

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AMIDEAST's new office in the heart of Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia, December 15, 2015 – AMIDEAST celebrated 42 years of service in Tunisia with the opening of a large, modern facility in downtown Tunis.  The inauguration of the new 2,400-square-meter facility corresponds with an increasing demand for AMIDEAST’s training services and long history of providing scholarships, testing, and cultural exchange opportunities for generations of Tunisians.  The celebration was attended by more than 200 friends, clients, partners, teachers, alumni, and Tunisian ministry colleagues.  


AMIDEAST President Kattouf (left) cuts the cake, with Country Director Chris Shinn (center) and Tunisian Minister of Employment and Training, Zied Laathari, looking on, at the December 11 celebration.


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