Syrian Youth Empowerment


Syrian Youth Empowerment

Syrian Youth Empowerment is an initiative co-founded by three Syrian graduates of Illinois Tech with the aim to support Syrian high school students by offering several areas of service to Syrian youth including:

  • Free TOEFL and SAT classes (in Syria)
  • College and university guidance and counseling to secure scholarships in the U.S.
  • Mentoring to high school students to support their professional and career goals
  • On-going coaching to ensure each student’s success upon their arrival in the U.S.

We believe that such initiatives are so important at this moment to provide Syrian Youth with the help needed to build their future. Also, as members of the 41 Syrian students who have arrived at Illinois Institute of Technology we believe we have a responsibility and obligation to advance the dreams of others and to express our gratitude to so many who have supported us. As of January 2016, nearly 50% of those first enrolled at Illinois Tech will have graduated by Spring 2016, and we are working at the most prominent firms across the US.

Through the Syrian Youth Empowerment initiative, we will encourage secondary students in Syrian to reach out to us and we’ll be able to share our experience, the challenges we faced while applying to universities, how to prepare themselves to apply for internships during their school years; we will also be prepared to discuss any other details that can help each student to take a step further into building their future and securing and achieving their dreams.

To learn more, please visit our page on Facebook


Farah Abdul Samad

School of Applied Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology

Anticipated Graduation, December 2016


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