AEYN Weekly Update

August 5th, 2014

"The rise in social media consumption, the use of smartphones, and increased exposure to new ideas through media and travel are believed to have caused a significant shift in youth perception. Such modern technology has not only helped spur a paradigm shift in values, it has also been used as a tool to organize protests, criticize leadership, and in general act as an outlet to express opinions and beliefs in a format unlike anything else"
-Conclusions from the 2014 Arab Youth Survey, American Security Project
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Recap of Past Events

July 30 2014, 5 PM - 9 PM, New York, NY
Cordoba Initiative Eid Celebration

The Cordoba Initiative celebrated Eid Al-Fitr at the NYU Kimmel Center. The inauguration speech was given by the inspiring Imam Feisal Bdul-Rauf, the founder of Cordoba Initiative. The speech was followed by entertainment activities for kids and adults including competitions, drum play by the famous drummer Mostafa Ulmer and a standup comedy show by Saad Haaroni. AEYN Executive Director, Clint Johnston and AEYN members connected with Imam Feisal and Cordoba Initiative executive personnel to discuss possible future cooperation.

Current Events

July 16 to September 28, 2014, New York, NY
“Here and Elsewhere,” The New Museum 
Organized by NYC's New Museum, "Here and Elsewhere" is the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to contemporary art from and about the Arab world.The exhibition works against the notion of the Arab world as a homogenous or cohesive entity by bringing together more than forty-five artists from over fifteen countries, many of whom live and work internationally. Learn more here.
New App Fights Black Market Pharmaceuticals | Daily News Egypt
A group of young Egyptian programmers have developed a smartphone app that can differentiate between genuine and fake drugs.
Creating Jobs for Youth | UNDP Egypt
To help reduce youth unemployment, UNDP Egypt, in partnership with the Social Fund for Development and the Government of Japan, is supporting job creation in social services and infrastructure projects.
Egyptian Entrepreneurs Ready for More Constructive Dialogue| Wamda
The GEM report on entrepreneurship recently had its official launch in the Greek Campus of the American University in Cairo, Egypt. 

Start Up Trade Fair and Cermony

Injaz Egypt is a non-profit organization that is a volunteer-based education program with a mission to inspire, empower and prepare Egyptian youth as well as enhance their opportunities to join the job market as qualified employees and entrepreneurs. They recently held a ceremony for the 8 teams who won seed funding and will go through the third phase of Start-up Egypt,an entrepreneurial pipeline that takes enthusiastic college students with no prior business experience and transforms them into successful entrepreneurs.Winning teams are provided with physical incubation, and seed funding from the companies that adopted them. Mentors are assigned to all teams to coach them each step of the way. The pipeline also provides students with the necessary guidance and support to ensure their ideas are translated successfully into the business world.
Egyptian Youth: 5 Key Trends According to the Arab Youth Survey 2014 | American Security Project

The 2014 Arab Youth Survey has been released and reveals 5 core insights into the concerns and beliefs of the average Egyptian youth.The purpose of the Arab Youth Survey is to provide public and private sector organizations with data and analysis to help their decision making and policy formation process. These findings help give us a glimpse into the minds of one of the most important generations in the Middle East and North Africa. The youth were at the heart of the Arab awakening, in many countries they are the largest segment of society, and will be the leaders of the future. It is of upmost importance to understand such trends in the youth because their opinions will impact the political, social, and economic makeup of the region for decades to come.
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