Posted on October 18, 2017

In the framework of its continuous efforts to support voluntary youth initiatives, NAMA Center, one of Qatar Foundation for Social Work’s (QFSW) Centers, is participating in the 4th International Volunteering Youth Forum, organized by Qatar University under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Salah Bin Ghanim Al Ali, the Minister of Culture and Sports.

The International Volunteering Youth Forum is sponsored by a number of leading institutions in Qatar, namely NAMA Center (Platinum Sponsor), HDC (Golden Sponsor), Ibtikar (Bronze Sponsor), Qatar Charity (Community Partner), and Al Rayyan Channel (Media Sponsor). The 4th International Volunteering Youth Forum will be held at Qatar University for three days, from 19 October to 21 October 2017. It will attract students from GCC universities, with more than 400 students participating in the event in addition to volunteers. The forum will also host a number of academics and specialists in community service.

In its fourth edition, the forum will discuss the ways and means of promoting voluntary work and community service in Gulf universities, with volunteering be addressed as a necessity and learning source for individual and community building. It will also draw lines connecting Qatar University students, partakers from other universities with voluntary initiatives, and specialists from participating countries. The most successful experiences in the field of community responsibility, which represent a source of inspiration for those interested in voluntary work, will also be shared.

The forum’s objectives will be achieved through the presentation of academic papers by academics and specialists, as well as working papers for a range of projects implemented by Qatar University and other universities as part of participating projects and initiatives. This is in addition to the presentation of a series of workshops in the field of social entrepreneurship and leadership.

It is noteworthy that NAMA Center, a leading organization in the field of entrepreneurship, offers all kinds of support to youth qualified for social entrepreneurship roles and characterized by the ability to initiate and innovate, as it creates the right environment for them to unleash their potential and invest in community participation. With its various services, the Center provides youth with the necessary managerial skills and expertise, and qualifies them to implement successful business projects. Services provided by NAMA Center include a range of training, consultative and administrative programs run in collaboration with local and international organizations, using ILO-approved curricula. Both aspiring and existing Small and Micro Enterprise entrepreneurs from both genders are currently benefiting from the Center’s services. The Center also provides them with university education opportunities to prove their worth in the labor market, and boost their participation in the development of their community.

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NAMA Center moreover supports youth by enhancing their entrepreneurial skills and encouraging innovation spirit among them so they can lead community development projects supported by the Center. In addition, the Center provides a Lifestyle Enhancement Project that helps youth improve their lifestyle by enhancing their social and planning skills, as well as caring for their physical and mental health.

On this occasion, Mrs. Maryam Bint Abdullatif Al-Mannai, Acting Executive Director at NAMA, said: “Our participation in the International Volunteering Youth Forum comes in the context of implementing the strategic directions of NAMA Center, foremost of which is nurturing human capital with youth representing its backbone, owing to their ability to create, innovate and meet the needs of the community. We highly value the leading role of the Youth Forum, which goes in line with our orientation, in terms of its focus on the role of voluntary work and volunteers in building societies and its significant impact on spreading the spirit of cooperation and initiative to build individuals and communities. Adding to its contribution to the advancement of volunteerism through addressing obstacles and shortcomings and taking youth capacities to greater heights, the forum instills the concept of volunteering as an aspect of loyalty to our nation and a means for its social and economic development, which falls as part of our strategy to contribute effectively to the realization of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

It is worth mentioning that, emanating from her desire to achieve human and social development in the State, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser established NAMA center in 1996, with the aim of providing a stimulating environment that contributes to investing in the potential and creativity of youth, as well as to meet their needs and aspirations as partners in civil work, while exploring the best opportunities and innovating to lead the renaissance of their communities. "By youth and with youth, we shape our stances towards Qatar"

Since 2013, the center has been working under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW). NAMA is a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the Arab Network for NGOs, and the World Family Organization (WFO).