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We look to combine our experience, energy, and initiative into a concentrated effort to bring about a better future.
Josh is a Masters student at Drew University focusing his studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution. Josh spent a year studying and volunteering in Haifa, Israel where he led weekly discussion groups with Arab-Israeli teens and participated in reciprocal Arabic-English tutoring sessions. His studies and work are focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and hopes one day to be a policy advisor in order to make a greater impact in the Middle East.
Sharif is a constant worker who seeks to spread his knowledge and skills to youth around the world. Sharif is actively engaged in soccer education, social media technology, and community gardening; community building programs in local Irvington and Newark NJ. Internationally he has taught soccer education courses in Lebanon and plans to expand this work into the future. Sharif is recently completed his M.A. in Education with a History Focus and is now running a youth soccer program in Lebanon.
Selime graduated in 2012 with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology double major and Studio Art minor at Drew. She plans to pursue medicine and is passionate about building bridges of communication between peoples of conflict. She supports organizations like AGFAF and an is an active member of DPY.
Fatima is a senior with a double major in Political Science and Economics and a minor in French/Middle East Studies. Originally from Senegal, West Africa, Fatima immigrated to the U.S at the age of 11; now she is the President/founder of Drew Project Yaakaar; a service learning club that works with girls education and empowerment in rural Senegal. Fatima’s philosophy and motivation in life is to not only dream, but to also take action and turn those dreams into reality. Fatou is currently doing an internship at the United Nations.
Shamila graduated from Drew University in June 2012 with a major in political science and a minor in women’s studies. Ten years ago Shamila was beaten by the Taliban, deprived of any education from age 8 to 13, and confined to her home in Kabul. Shortly after the Taliban were removed from power, she began to play soccer. Her soccer involvement and position as the captain of the first Women’s Afghan National Soccer Team, led to receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and a scholarship to attend Blair Academy in New Jersey. During summers, she has been a volunteer counselor at the Julie Foudy Leadership Camps in Chicago, San Francisco, and New Jersey. This summer she interned for three weeks at a program in Washington, D.C. called I Live to Lead: Leadership Summit. Her experiences and her education have prepared her to begin working toward her goal of being an effective contributor in the struggle to advance human rights for women.