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Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni encourage you to apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship

April 3, 2017 in HYF Project, News by WYMD Admin

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Meet S Aaron Weah-Weah III from Liberia! Aaron was the first Hurford Youth Fellow in 2012, and he wants to encourage all of you to apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship!

He spent three months at the World Movement Secretariat in Washington, DC, working with the World Youth Movement for Democracy. During his time in Washington, he facilitated online discussions between activists, conducted research on topics such as the role of youth in policy development, wrote articles and developed strategies to improve the impact of the World Youth Movement. His outstanding work led to his being selected to moderate a panel on “Fighting Against Corruption” at the globally attended Seventh Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Aaron currently works with the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections-Partners for Democratic Development NAYMOTE-Liberia! Check out their facebook page to learn more about what they do. In the meantime, be sure to submit your application for the Hurford Youth Fellowship! https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

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Do you remember the time that Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumna, Satad Salieva (Kyrgyzstan) hosted the online discussion on meaningful youth engagement? If you missed it, check out her video.While you are at it, make sure you apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship so that you can host your own online discussions with activists from around the world! See the application link below https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

As we look forward to selecting the 2017-2018 Hurford Youth Fellows, we reflect on how dynamic our past fellows have been! Do you remember the time Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni, Sayed Madadi (Afghanistan) had his work featured on Foreign Policy? If you missed it, check it out  the article here. In the meantime, be sure to apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship! You don’t want to miss out on all of the great opportunities! https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

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Anna Tovstukha (Ukraine) was a Hurford Youth Fellow in 2014. During her fellowship, she focused on promoting youth inclusion in decision making processes. Her fellowship experiences helped build her leadership skills and today, she currently serves as the Deputy Coordinator of a regional NGO called Social Partnership Center. Anna heads the educational programs within this organization and is committed to developing youth through education, which allows them to increase their skills and impact in decision making. Build your leadership skills like Anna and apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship! https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

Do you enjoy using media to amplify youth voices on critical human rights and democracy issues? Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni, Makoi Popioco (Philippines) centered his fellowship around his love for investigative journalism. Check out his video on corruption in government responses to disaster relief. While you are at it, be sure to apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship and design your fellowship around what inspires you! https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

Margarita Valdés (El Salvador) was the first youth activist from Latin America to participate in the Hurford Youth Fellowship in 2013. During her fellowship, she explored different ways of strengthening civil society participation through anti-corruption initiatives. The fellowship provided Margarita many networking and professional development skills. She now runs an internet-based youth initiative called Xpressate, which promotes freedom of expression in the Central American region. She is also the National Coordinator for Debate Dialogue Democracy -3D-, a project which uses dialogue and debate as tools to strengthen democracy, encourage youth citizen participation, and prevent and/or resolve conflict in post authoritarian societies experiencing democratic transitions. Do you want opportunities to expand your network? Apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship NOW! https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp


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Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumna, Saba Ismail (Pakistan) is a feminist and a peace activist. At the age of 15, she co-founded “Aware Girls”; a young women led organization committed to empowering young women in Pakistan. Saba was a Hurford Youth Fellow in 2013. During her fellowship, she conducted research on “The role of young women in emerging democracies,” and generated a series of online discussions on this issue. She also had the opportunity of speaking at George Mason University and the University of Maryland. She shared her experience in multiple events and built collaboration with various organizations.

Today, Saba is a member of the Global Youth Advocacy Team of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, where she advocated for the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (SCR 2250) on Youth, Peace and Security. Saba has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Progress study on youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution which is one of the next steps in the implementation of SCR 2250.

Foreign Policy Magazine acknowledged her bravery and activism by recognizing her as one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. She also received award from “The British High Commission in Islamabad” and was acknowledged in the “30 under 30 Campaign by the “National Endowment for Democracy” for her long struggle for democracy, peace and women’s rights.

Hurford Youth Fellows continue to strive for excellence while positively impacting the world! How will you impact the world? Apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship Today! https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

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Building international solidarity has been at the center of Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumna, Anabel Navarro Camero’s democracy promotion work. Three years ago today, she led an initiative during the SOS Venezuela movement to inform the world of the social, political, and economic challenges in Venezuela. In response to her call for solidarity, thousands of activists from countries like Ireland, UAE, Australia, Canada, Argentina and many more expressed their support by taking solidarity photos to show that the world was standing behind the people of Venezuela.

During her fellowship, Anabel helped to build a solidarity campaign for political prisoners around the world. Solidarity reminds activists that they are not alone in their struggle for freedom and democracy.Mobilize support around democracy issues that impact you and youth in your community. Apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship today! https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

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