On September 28 and 29, ULYP invites you to the opening nights of the play ’36 Abbas St. Haifa’, which will take place at Masrah Al Madina Theater. In agreement with writer and performer Raeda Taha, the revenue collected from the tickets sold in the first two nights will be donated to ULYP. The donations will go towards ULYP’s ongoing and upcoming programs and scholarships. We thank Raeda for this and are very excited for the event!
The tickets are available online on the Antoine ticketing site and also sold at their outlets. If you wish to buy your tickets, click here.
On March 5, Souad Massi and her band played in front of a packed-out Beirut Music Hall in aid of ULYP. This was the first time Souad Massi has performed to fundraise for ULYP and she did not disappoint. It was a beautiful show and fully enjoyed by everyone who attended. Our special thanks goes out to Souad Massi, and our sponsors Pillar Invest and CSC Bank SAL, and all the attendees, helping us raise over $40,000. These generous donations will go towards ULYP’s ongoing and upcoming programs and scholarships!
Photo by Joseph Khoury
This spring, a new partnership was created between ULYP and the Collective for Research & Training on Development – Action (CRTDA). Together, ULYP and CRTDA selected previous participants from ULYP’s Most Outstanding Mothers program (MOMs) to participate in different trainings, one of which was a four-day workshop in Jordan. A total of 35 women have engaged in this program so far, gaining leadership skills and knowledge. In Jordan, the women participated in one of four workshops on starting businesses in industries of dairy, catering, jam making, and flower growing.
At ULYP, we follow the win-win rule of thumb for our fundraising events: our guests benefit from the activity and ULYP programs benefit from the support. This year, and for the first time, but surely not the last time, ULYP partnered with the Golf Club of Lebanon and a golf tournament was held on May 8. More than 70 golfers signed up for the tournament. The players and their families gathered for coffee and breakfast offered by the Golf Club and at exactly 9 a.m. the game started. Once concluded, everyone walked over to the lunch area and enjoyed a superb lunch offered by the Mayrig restaurant. The Golf Club committee quickly calculated the results and these were announced. The team who came in second place received trophies and the winners received tickets for four to Turkey offered by Nakhal Travel. ULYP thanked the players, Mayrig, Nakhal, and the sponsors including Jammal Trust bank. ULYP also thanked Future TV for publicising the event and hosting ULYP and the Golf Club on their show to raise awareness.
Stay tuned for the 2017 Golf tournament!
On June 15, Melek and Nicole returned to Dubai to meet with friends of ULYP there. Mrs. Sawsan Jafar and Mrs. Adalat Nakkash gathered around 100 friends in the lovely Imm Sherif restaurant. Melek and Nicole updated everyone on the ULYP achievements and growth, and enjoyed a wonderful Iftar together. Thank you friends of ULYP, Dubai. Thank you Sawsan and Adalat.
With the slogan “the future starts now”, ULYP held its second annual celebrating education event on July 9, 2016. This is an event that we launched last year with the word imagine: imagine having the students who graduated from universities on full or partial scholarships facilitated by ULYP on our campus to be recognized and celebrated. Then we moved from the realm of dreams to the realm of reality, and held that event in 2015 ending with a promise to make it an annual one.
This year, we celebrated the ULYP class of 2016 comprised of 93 graduates, 14 from universities abroad and 79 in Lebanon. More than a quarter of the graduates, 24 to be exact, graduated with distinction (GPA 3.5 and higher) and 7 of them with high distinction (GPA 3.8 and higher). Amongst the ULYP class of 2016 are degrees in engineering, social work, environmental health, hospitality and tourism, nursing, nutrition, business administration, psychology, medicine, architecture, communication arts, chemistry, economics, biology, medical lab, marketing, pharmacy, and math.
The event was full of pride, smiles, and tears of joy. The program included two keynote speeches: the first from Dr. Hiam Sakr, president of the American University for Scienceand Technology, followed by the Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon, His Excellency Mr. Çağatay Erciyes. The program also included the distribution of two awards: the Giving Back to the community award granted to students who volunteered at ULYP in different positions while pursuing their education, and the Abu-Haydar Honor Society award for students who graduated with high distinction. The class representative, Hussein Mirii, spoke on behalf of the class and shared his experience since 2010. We share with you excerpts from his speech in this issue.
Souad Massi and her band will be performing at the Music Hall seaside venue for ULYP. We will be communicating about this very soon. For now, please save the date!
Until then, we are looking for sponsors in the categories of $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000. We are preparing the sponsorship packages, which will include the publicity, free tickets, and visibility options. If you are interested in fully or partially sponsoring this concert to help us reduce the cost and increase the benefits for our programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to announce the launching of ULYP’s Alumni Association, ULYPAA. This event was a process that culminated in an event that took place on Friday March 25 at the Golden Tulip Galleria Hotel. Forty of our university graduates attended this event and discussed the value of alumni associations. We all agreed that while each student is a member of his or her alma mater’s alumni association, they are also members of the ULYPAA. The goal of ULYPAA is to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between ULYP and its alumni. At this happy event full of smiles, and after a brief opening about ULYP’s mission and vision, the alumni filled out a survey identifying their wishes and goals for the Association. Then, each cohort of a graduating class met on their own to nominate and elect their representatives to sit on the committee governing and managing the Association’s activities. The results were then shared and everybody enjoyed a lunch together.
The ULYPAA governing committee has the following members:
- Melek El Nimer: ULYP founder
- Nicole Eid Abuhaydar: ULYP director
- Salim Karroum: ULYP scholarship committee member
- Diab Tabari: ULYP scholarship committee member
From the Alumni:
- Ahmad Tuhaibish: ULYP Class of 2013
- Alaa Othman: ULYP Class of 2013
- Mohammad Mirhiji: ULYP Class of 2014
- Lama Kilzar: ULYP Class of 2014
- Hiba Mawed: ULYP Class of 2014
- Fouad al Banna: ULYP Class of 2015
- Hiba Shanaa: ULYP Class of 2015
On March 16, our founder Melek El Nimer and our Director Nicole Eid Abuhaydar were invited to be part of a panel discussion organized by the American University of Beirut. During the lecture entitled ‘Reversing Social Exclusion? Education and the Role of NGOs in Lebanon,’ Melek and Nicole informed the public about ULYP’s mission, our educational projects and how we combat social exclusion. The audience was familiarized with the BRIDGE program through the testimonials of BRIDGE alumni Hiba Shanaa and BRIDGE student Hiba Dahche who shared their personal experiences. A great way to acquaint a larger public with the work of ULYP!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
We are honored to announce that the Arab American Institute Foundation is awarding ULYP the 2016 Khalil Gibran ‘’Spirit of Humanity’’ Award for Institutional Excellence. Our founder Melek El Nimer and our Director Nicole Eid Abuhaydar will attend their annual Gala in DC this April and receive the award. In their letter to us, they say that the Gibran Award is bestowed annually on ‘’individuals and organizations whose work reflects the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet by promoting inclusion, cooperation and greater understanding among people with diverse backgrounds’’, a vision that continues to guide the work of ULYP. The invitation further stated that ‘’the work of Unite Lebanon Youth Project has created a space for the vulnerable youth of Lebanon – Palestinians, Lebanese, and Syrians – to believe success is possible even in the midst of physical, financial, and mental insecurity. You are leading a transformation towards unity and understanding between different nationalities that do not naturally interact and work together towards a brighter future. We would be honored to recognize your accomplishments in April.’’ Previous recipients of the Award for Institutional Excellence have been, among others, Amnesty International USA, Search for Common Ground, Children’s Defense Fund, and Habitat for Humanity. This is an incredible honor and we would like to congratulate each and every one of you, our dear ULYP family, friends, and supporters, for this wonderful recognition.