Meet November Project, DC hidden treasure

Is working out really about working out? I think I knew the answer a long time ago, but this summer I discovered once and for all – it is not. It is about living a healthy and happy life, challenging yourself, being the most productive version of yourself, making new friends and spreading good vibes (yes, it’s a thing).

The Power of Watching & Listening

It never stops. Respond to this message. Sign this campaign. Update your LinkedIn. Post about your life. The 24/7 media cycle and social media has infiltrated every aspect of our lives and it appears modern society always has a mic on us. We’re always being asked for our opinions and we’re expected to know the answers.

 

 

But the world is big, and with so much happening, and so many perspectives and life experiences out there, one of the most invaluable practices is to watch and listen. We’re only ever going one life experience and lived-perspective – the world becomes so much more interesting when we build bridges across life experiences, use our imagination and step into the shoes of others.

The Duality of Blessings: A Farewell Letter to Bread

Dear Bread,

A year has gone by already. Where did the time go fam? The uncertainty of in-betweens – like the in-between of ending one journey and starting another – can be scary, but, if there is one thing I’m certain of, is that this year spent with the warm and caring people at 7th Street Northwest and Good Hope Road Southeast has been an unforgettable experience. Young unapologetically-black gay boys from the global south need more opportunities like this to slay, and slay I have. Thank you Bread for the City for making that happen. There must have been some point in the preparation for this Fellowship when you all thought, ‘This could go bad’ but you stuck it through and for that also I thank you, with the hope that you and Atlas Corps continue to build bridges and give young unapologetically-themselves people from the global south more experiences like this.

My Fate of Two Atlases

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Photo Credit: Abdulrahman Galal

I was born and raised in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the place that I proudly call home and that nurtured me into a candidate for the prestigious Atlas Corps Fellowship – a U.S. Sponsored program which selects young social change leaders from all around the globe for the opportunity to serve in the United States for a period of 12-18 months. It has been quite a tremendous journey from one Atlas to another. Just as I used to take long outings into the Atlas Mountains, my future stands at the beginning of new path with Atlas Corps and its dozens of outstanding non-profit leaders whom I now call family.

DATA FOR NONPROFITS: Getting Started. Getting Ahead.

Nonprofit organisations are realising now more than ever that data is a valuable and a critical resource. Sadly (or not), digital media (and technology) only made it more complicated (seemingly). A simple online search for keywords like DATA FOR NONPROFITS usually churns out massive results spanning the vast world of data science. For people new to data, or people not primarily working with or in the field of data science, this can be painfully inundating — knowing where to start, understanding needs or what technologies to use per time and how. Unfortunately, the current wave of nonprofit technology puts data at the center of measuring real impact. So data can no longer just be observed; you need to put it to work.

2017 Finalists for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

YLAI 2017 Brenda Hali

 

Washington, D.C.: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and their implementing partner, Meridian International Center, are proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.  This program will bring 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States in October 2017, to collaborate with their counterparts in businesses and civil society organizations in 24 cities across the United States.  Through this exchange program, Fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ideas and build leadership skills to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

Happy Women Day Tunisia!

Yesterday, August 13 was Tunisia Women Day. Yesterday, we were celebrating decades of fight to advance the women status. We were celebrating the determination of every single Tunisian mom, sister, daughter … to educate their children, to work as hard or even harder than men, to claim their rights in times where these rights were forbidden, to proof themselves at work and at home regardless of societal and cultural judgments, to be the pillar of the family, and to be the confident and accomplished person that they are. In celebration of this day, here are some historical dates related to the advancement of women status in Tunisia

LADIES IN STEM | How They Started

An interview with Brida Mbuwir, PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering and Former Electrical Engineer at Schneider Electric.

“A lady, an engineer, and precisely an electrical engineer?!” “So Brida, you will climb on electric poles?!!”, “This is not a lady’s job!” … So they said.

Brida Mbuwir is a Lady-On-A-Mission. Intelligent, Focused, Resilient, Driven are just a few of the adjectives you could use to describe her. She eats obstacles like they were cereal. A former employee of Schneider Electric, the French multinational corporation that specializes in energy management and automation solutions, spanning hardware, software, and services and a current PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering working on control of clusters of load, with a focus on microgrids using machine learning techniques. Machine Learning…yes I said Machine learning.

LADIES IN STEM | How They Started

An interview with Mpara Faith Muwar, Co-Founder, New Generation Technologies.

“I registered to study Computer Engineering at a time, when I could not switch on a Desktop Computer; in fact the first laptop I ever saw in my life was during my first class at the University.”