Taking our first steps in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco

The Middle East office of the World Youth Alliance is expanding across the Arab region like never before. In the first quarter of 2014, 1,208 new members under the age or 30 joined WYA. Most of the new members come from Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. In order to respond to the educational needs of new members, the regional office is starting to offer the Track A Ceritfied Training through a series of workshops in the cities of Cairo, Rabat, and Tunis in addition to Beirut. This batch, the regional team of trainers is already working on certifying 100 members through the online training zone and 56 members through the workshops.

In June 18, the regional office launched its second batch of the regional internship program adding 6 bright young people to the list of 21 interns who have been trained at our office in Beirut. The main highlight for this batch of interns is hosting our first Egyptian, Jordanian, and Italian interns.

Meet the Interns of Batch II – 2014

Hello all! My name is Hilary Ferencak and I am a 23-year old from Toledo, OH (United States). I am currently a second-year Masters of International Development student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). My dream career is to work as director of an organization that services to refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons. I love to smile, laugh and just have a good time with friends and family. I am very excited to be given this opportunity to experience the culture and work with everyone at WYAME and the youth across the Middle East.
Hilary Ferencak

My name is Rachele -or Kelly-, I am 23 and I come from Italy. In 2013, I was awarded an International Politics MA by City University London, UK, where I have also started my career volunteering and interning for two NGOs. Afterwards, I have been living in Brussels for 9 months in order to work with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Representative Office to the European Union, first, and then with the NGO International Crisis Group. My interests include travelling, reading, writing, cooking and playing volleyball.
Kelly Petillo

My name is Mohamed M. Gohary, I was born and raised in the city of Tanta, in the Nile river delta in Egypt. I finished my school education there before acquiring the Middle East Partnership initiative (MEPI) tomorrow’s leaders scholarship to do my undergraduate studies at the Lebanese American University. I am currently pursuing my B.S in family and entrepreneurial business management, while doing double minors in both Legal studies and political science/international affairs. Since I joined LAU, I have developed an interest in the simulation programs run by the university and became an active member of LAU’s Model United Nations and Model Arab League programs. I have also been taking an active part of the Tomorrow’s leaders leadership program by organizing activities and events for my fellow students that are designed to nurture their leadership potential.
Mohamed M. Gohary

My name is Mohammad Alqudah and I am a student at the University of Nottingham. I am majoring in finance, accounting, and management. Although my studies are very business oriented, I have worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) because I am very interested in humanities and humanitarian affairs. Therefore, I am able to use my knowledge of finance and business while working on various projects. In addition to studying and working, I am a very active person, and I am a huge fan of basketball, tennis and Formula one.
Mohammad Alqudah

My name is Natalie Rafeh, i’m 18 years old and i’m spanish lebanese. I currently live in lebanon but i was born and previously lived in Spain. I’m pursuing a BA in marketing and a minor in political science/international affairs in the Lebanese american university (LAU). Its my first year but I plan to further pursue an MA in international affairs or foreign politics abroad. I’m fluent in english, arabic, german and spanish and I’m currently working on my french. I’ve always had a passion for cross cultural programs and events, i got the chance to go on a scholarship to Germany as an exchange student representing Lebanon and met with many different people from different cultures. I love reading, painting and swimming.
Natalie Rafeh

I was born in London, raised between Lebanon and Nigeria. I graduated from High School in 2012 and started university at "Université Pierre et Marie Curie’ in Paris ( majoring in Geoscience). I have always been devoted in helping other, and taking care of less privileged people. I engaged myself in a few organizations back in my High School years, and try doing so till today.
Stephanie Herrington