2015 Alumni Engagement & Innovation Fund Winners

KL-YES Park | Climate Change & Environmental Protection

Overview;

The KL-YES Park Project aims to address the lack of proper green spaces for the youth community in Amman, Jordan, as well as the lack of proper affordable places for the innovative youth in different fields. The project will take advantage of the available social media websites as well as the arising helping spirit among State Alumni and local volunteers.

The KL-YES Park team plans to create a GO-Green park in Amman, which has the proper utilities to give the best experience to visitors. The park will be planted with trees and plants that support the environment during the current climate change to make the visitors enjoy the green space, which is considered to be rare in Amman. The Park will have a theatre and a common room for the youth to hold activities, workshops, and conduct meetings, which will be available for very affordable prices for different society levels. It will also have a safe playground for children and will be environment. This project is made possible through the hard work of the team and a collaboration with the Greater Amman Municipality.

Team Members:

Abdullah Al Raggad, Haneen Al Sosa, Sireen Abu Asbeh and Nora Al Moughrabi. All of the team members are alumni of the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program.

SheCab | Women & Girls Empowerment

Overview;

SheCab’s idea is to introduce the concept of female taxi drivers in Jordan in an attempt to address the need of female passengers who are looking for a safe and a trusted transportation option. It is also an entirely unique way to open new career paths for women by providing decent job opportunities and helping them support themselves and their families financially.

Shecab aims to dismantle stereotypes about women’s roles, emphasizing their engagement in their communities and creating a women friendly environment as well as contributing to improving the economy.

Team Members:

Rahmeh Abu Shweimeh, Sura Al Mahasis, Maha Al Amad and Salam Abu Khadra. All of the team members are alumni of the Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Womens Leadership.