Eric Dawson of Peace First Inc. in the U.S. will develop a digital platform that provides tools, online mentors, resources, and funding to help young people aged between 13 and 25 in the Middle East solve critical issues in their communities. Their Youth Challenge Platform approach has already shown initial success for over a hundred projects proposed and run by international youth in the U.S. They will adapt their platform for the Middle East by including different languages and tools, particularly to foster cross-cultural collaborations. They will partner with youth organizations in five to 10 Middle Eastern countries and recruit 50 teams of young people who are interested in solving problems related to the UN sustainable development goals. These teams will be supported through the platform to help them design and implement innovative solutions. Surveys and interviews will be used to evaluate the success of their approach in this region.
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