More than 650 youth from across the Kingdom of Jordan gathered at a mountain top over looking Petra last week to celebrate International Youth Day.  The day long celebration included Jordanian music and folk dances, contests, sketches, and workshops.

During his remarks to the participants, USAID|Jordan Mission Director Jay Knott quoted King Abdullah II saying that “youth of Jordan are the hope of the future.”

The event was hosted with the support of Chairman Mr. Ahmad Al-Masarwah of the Higher Council for Youth and eight of USAID’s partners.

In a joint press conference at closing ceremony, Al-Masarwah and Knott called for establishing a youth television and radio station, saying that it is essential in giving the youth a voice.

This is the third consecutive year that USAID|Jordan has hosted an International Youth Day event.