The US Embassy in Rabat Engage Moroccan Youth in Social Entrepreneurship

Rabat – Eleven volunteers from around Morocco will showcase their work with women’s associations and cooperatives on Saturday in Rabat. Their work will be presented by the U.S. Embassy-ENACTUS Young Social Entrepreneurs Program.The volunteers are recent college graduates and current university students from Morocco who spent eight months sharing their skills to support women’s cooperatives in their regions: Tiznit, Marrakesh, Azrou, Ain Chegag, Oujda, Chefchaouen and Ouarzazate.Providing mentoring for the volunteers were: two U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, Dan Driscoll, also founder of The Anou and Rahama Wright, also founder SheaYelee, as well as ENACTUS’ Country Coordinator, Adnane Addioui and Program Manager, Touria Benlafqih. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy Morocco’s Public Affairs Office in collaboration with ENACTUS. The eleven volunteers were selected to help support women’s NGOs in remote areas and assist them with developing their civic work.During the program’s past eight months, the volunteers attended training workshops, led by experts in the field of social entrepreneurship. They focused on engaging Moroccan youth in women’s work, marketing, project development, and general aspects of social entrepreneurship.During the training, volunteers learned how to measure community needs. They met with David Greene, acting charge, Majid El Ghaib, ENACTUS Chairman, Michele Baron, Economic Section representative and Ministry of Handcraft members including Boubker Mazoz, “Chef de Cabinet.” The volunteers also engaged in a Skype presentation with the U.S. Embassy’s Dr. Ira Kaufman on the topic of “Successful Social Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age.”Volunteers felt great inspiration and were highly motivated to succeed during their service. The aim of the program is not only to share information with women’s NGOs, but to also introduce tools and skills to help empower their organizations. The program also focuses on building trust and creating stable relationships between all of the participants.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission