We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
A demographic change is underway across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Over the last 5 years, the population under age 30 has rapidly increased in Muslim-majority countries, constituting almost 60 percent of the population. With the “youth bulge” comes optimism for the future and a range of benefits, most notably the possibility for change driven by idealism and innovation.
But the “youth bulge” presents an array of challenges. Young people, from Morocco to Indonesia, do not have access to the opportunities they seek in education, employment, or political participation. According to The Economist, nearly 300 million young people across the globe are neither working nor receiving an education. The combination of high expectations and low prospects yields frustration and disillusionment. America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is committed to supporting community leaders across the Muslim World in equipping youth with the knowledge and skills to find paths to opportunity and dignity. We also aim to provide opportunities to empower children through sports, arts, and fun!
Interested in joining us as an Unofficial Ambassador? Check out our youth empowerment internship placements in Morocco, Indonesia and Zanzibar for this summer:
The Zaouiat Abdessalam Youth Center (Morocco)
This youth center operates with support from the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sport and provides youth engagement activities and educational programs in the town of Zaouiat Sidi Abdessalam. The youth center is seeking two Unofficial Ambassadors to teach English, and organize activities for youth. Unofficial Ambassadors will also have the chance to organize sports, crafts, and games for children alongside the center’s staff. Knowledge of basic French or Arabic required.
The Zanzibar Youth Education Development Support Association (ZAYEDESA) is a non-profit organization focused on tackling socio-economic problems facing youth, such as unemployment, school completion, drug abuse, HIV, maternal health, and environmental conservation. ZAYEDESA seeks two Unofficial Ambassadors to produce a short documentary on the organization’s projects. ZAYEDESA also seeks two Unofficial Ambassadors to support social media, outreach, communications, and grant writing. Relevant experience and skills are required for both positions.
Yayasan Kampung Halaman (Indonesia)
Kampung Halaman is a youth engagement initiative that trains participants in video editing, production, and photography, and assists them in using these skills to become agents for change. The organization has worked in 400 Indonesian communities to establish youth media centers. Kampung Halaman seeks two Unofficial Ambassadors to support their community-based media workshops. Interns will work as workshop facilitators, and help participants to understand local and global issues. Relevant experience and skills are required for this position.
Looking for more info on these placements? Email Kathleen at KathleenG@creativelearning.org.