5 Years of Youth-Led Impact in Jordan Through Fostering Social Entrepreneurship Among Youth.
Driven by Starbucks’ desire to create pathways to opportunities for youth, and officially implemented by the International Youth Foundation (IYF), BADIR is one of the most extensive social entrepreneurship support programs in the Middle East. Designed to equip young Jordanian leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to strengthen and scale up their social change projects, it was launched in 2011 for an initial period of three years. BADIR was granted a two-year extension in May 2014, and can now look back on five successful years of achieving measurable change.
BADIR – Arabic for ‘take the initiative’ – aims to create a national network of youth leaders and innovators. To be selected for BADIR, entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 must demonstrate that they have already successfully implemented their own social change projects. Through these projects, BADIR’s young leaders are addressing an endless array of local, regional and global challenges, including youth unemployment, sustainable agriculture, women’s empowerment, education, environmental conservation and much, much more.
BADIR is part of the YouthActionNetâ global network of youth leadership development programs. Similar national and regional programs are currently underway in the Arab Region, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. Like BADIR, each local program is deeply rooted in the society where it operates and works to strengthen youth leadership within individual countries and regions.
Over the past five years, BADIR has offered training and mentoring opportunities for 65 Fellows across the country. The Fellows - 42% female and 58% male - work across multiple thematic areas, including civic engagement, women’s empowerment, clean energy, health, youth development, water, and agriculture. Each BADIR Fellow has received over 150 hours of training, 100 hours of mentoring, and one-on-one support, helping their initiatives reach a total of 150,000 direct beneficiaries and over half a million indirect beneficiaries.
Starbucks and the International Youth Foundation
Since the establishment of a global partnership between the Starbucks Foundation and the International Youth Foundation (IYF) in 2008, the two partners have supported countless youth initiatives around the world. As a result, the BADIR initiative benefits from being part of a global network of youth leadership programs established through IYF’s YouthActionNet initiative.
BADIR Phase One
In the first phase of BADIR, the program recruited 45 youth fellows across two cohorts. Through BADIR’s social innovation fund, participants received monetary grants of up to USD5,000 after completing the initial training phase of the program.
Along with training and financial support, BADIR fellows also benefit from the ongoing mentorship and support of the Friends of BADIR, a network of public, private and civil society organizations actively engaged in the program.
BADIR Phase Two
In the second phase of BADIR, the initiative recruited 20 new youth fellows to the program, providing them with training, support, and up to USD6,000 in monetary grants.
Furthermore, to build upon the sustainability of the program, fellows from Phase One were invited to apply for additional funding of up to USD10,000, allowing them to develop their social change projects even further. In yet another round of funding selection, BADIR’s new Phase Two fellows also had the opportunity to apply for additional funding of up to USD10,000.
During Phase Two, BADIR has recruited even more organizations to join the Friends of BADIR. These mentors, as well as representatives from Starbucks and IYF, continue to be actively engaged in the fellows’ projects, conducting site visits and providing ongoing support.
BADIR Phase Three
Through the third phase of BADIR, we will continue to enhance and expand the positive impacts that young social entrepreneurs have on socioeconomic development in their communities. We work hand-in-hand with the Friends of BADIR in continuing to carry out trainings, deliver seasoned expertise, and provide Fellows with advice.
With these efforts we aim to strengthen the existing support systems BADIR has developed in the past five years, as means to create sustainable impact for our Fellows.
To learn more, visit www.badir.jo.