Submitted by Matthew Johnson, Outreach Coordinator, Asia & Middle East Bureaus

Yesterday afternoon more than 160 youth (18 to 35) from across Morocco descended on the Capital city of Rabat. These young men and women have traveled long distances to participate in USAID’s 3rd annual Ramadan Youth Outreach event.

I’ve traveled to Morocco from Washington, DC to participate in this weeks activities.

This week long event gathers the brightest youth of Morocco.  I’ve met entrepreneurs, law students, social activists, and engineers.

This years theme, “from ideas to projects,” will help the participants find ways to turn their ideas into real projects.

Karima Rhanem, of USAID/Morocco, is the lead in organizing the event.  She told me, “the purpose of this event is to give these talented young Moroccans the tools they need to make an impact in the future of Morocco.”

Each day the conference will have a different theme with multiple of break out sessions. At night there will be an Iftar and cultural celebrations.

Day 1 will focus on Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Investments
Day 2 will focus on ways to improve Education.
Day 3 will focus on Civil Society
Day 4 will focus on getting involved in local governance.
Day 5 will be a closing ceremony that will give awards to youth who have made an impact in Morocco.

Stay tuned for more updates as the week progresses!