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AEYN Weekly Update

June 30, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS
AEYN Launches Pilot Chapters in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC
A group picture of the AEYN team during the Chapter Leadership Orientation in New York City last Saturday.
On Saturday, AEYN officially launched pilot chapters in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC by hosting a Chapter Leadership Orientation session for our inaugural Chapter Leaders in these cities. Chapters are the cornerstone of AEYN’s community building and program development efforts and will play a pivotal role in establishing a local AEYN presence, organizing social and educational events, and developing partnerships with local institutions that support the advancement of Egyptian youth. The orientation included trainings on community organizing and partnership building and provided a venue for Chapter Leaders to share ideas for upcoming events and activities. AEYN’s first class of Summer Interns also actively participated in the session.
Clint Johnston Joins AEYN as its Executive Director
AEYN is excited to announce the hiring of Clint Johnston as our Executive Director. Clint will work closely with AEYN's Co-Founders to lead the next phase of our development as we work to grow our network and increase our impact. Prior to joining AEYN, Clint served as International Program Director at Kids Against Hunger, an international humanitarian food aid organization, where since 2008 he directed the distribution of millions of meals to developing countries and organized major events across the country. Over the past 10 years he has traveled to almost 70 countries and writes about his experiences on his travel blog, Triphackr.com. He also founded Run4Haiti, a 501C3 charitable organization that raises funds to support kids in Haiti. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2008. Clint Johnston is originally from Boston but now calls New York home where he lives with his wife in Brooklyn.    
YOUTH IN FOCUS
Supporting Egypt's Most Vulnerable School Children | Egyptian Streets
In an effort to encourage education, the World Food Program is providing Egyptian children who keep their school attendance rate above 80% with healthy food handouts and take-home rations.
Egypt expanding efforts to ease food subsidy costs | World Bulletin 
Starting July, the new smart card system for bread distribution in Egypt will include more subsidized items such as meat and poultry.
 
AUC’s startup incubator Venture Lab opens Cycle 3 applications | Mada Masr
The American University in Cairo is accepting applications to its startup accelerator and incubator, Venture Lab, which aims to turn technologies developed by local startups into commercially viable ventures.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Independent Music Reaches Mansoura through 'El-Fusion' 
Last week, The Cairo Jazz Agency hosted “El Fusion Festival" in Mansoura (located in Egypt’s North Delta region), bringing together independent musicians for an outdoor concert. Mixing traditional Egyptian music with jazz, rock, and blues, innovative young performers like Tunisian Ghalia Benali, Alexandrian Massar Egbari, along with Osama El-Hady and the Band from Mansoura, have revolutionized the music scene across Egypt, encouraging Egyptian youth to express themselves through the arts. The video highlights parts of these performances and features interviews with El-Hady and the manager of the Jazz Agency.
ANALYSIS
Changing a culture in developing countries: through health education | Egypt Independent
Dr. Mohamed Zaazoue, an Egyptian neurosurgeon who Forbes has recognized as one of the most influential people under the age of 30 in the field of social entrepreneurship, writes about the importance of incorporating health education into Egyptians’ everyday lives. He argues that while the benefits of expanding health education are self-evident and include improved public health, decreased morbidity and mortality rates, and increased economics productivity, health education must be provided in an innovative, culture–changing manner if it is to have a lasting impact.
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