Queen Rania Discusses Youth Employability Focused Programmes in IYF Board Meeting

March 23, 2009

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday commended the International Youth Foundation (IYF) for its efforts in combating youth unemployment and developing effective practices to improve the lives of young people in disadvantaged communities across the world.
The Queen made the remarks while chairing the IYF Board of Directors meeting in Amman to discuss IYF’s global programmatic agenda and efforts to increase youth employability in selected communities across the Kingdom.

“We are deeply grateful to Her Majesty, who is such a powerful global advocate for youth and who continues to advance IYF’s work,” said William Reese, President and CEO of IYF.
In response to the challenges brought about by ‘a new global economy,” IYF seeks to equip young people with the necessary knowledge and skills required to actively participate in the job market through programs clustered around four core areas: Education, Employability, Leadership and Engagement and Health Education and Awareness.

During the meeting, the Board discussed the forthcoming launch of IYF’s “Youth: Work Jordan,” a USAID funded project which aims to enhance technical, “life” and entrepreneurial skills among youth living in local communities.

Highlighting the need to address such urgent challenges, Her Majesty said: “the future is in the hands of our young people. We must look at challenges facing youth today as opportunities to improve their future.”
The “ Youth: Work Jordan” program is also supported by the World Bank and coordinated by a high-level advisory committee, co-chaired by the Minister of Social Development and the USAID Mission Director.
IYF’s Board, who welcomed five new members on Monday, will also meet with local business and civic leaders as well as representatives from global corporations and international institutions who support youth programs in Jordan.
In addition, the Board will participate in a roundtable discussion with local youth and visit a number of social development project sites across the Kingdom.