Youth Ages 16-18

Change remains active for the second year and works with youth in or around the areas of Mount Lebanon, Saida and Beirut. Change is true to its motto ‘change starts with education,’ and through intensive sessions for enhancing English and Life Skills, students build a strong skillset for a better future. Change is in partnership with the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund.

#Respect is back this year and aims to transform marginalized youth into active agents of positive and sustainable change, embodying, promoting and leading intercultural dialogue. #Respect re-imagines displaced youth as a potential, not a burden. The image of this population portrayed in the media is synonymous with war, oppression and suffering, leaving the truth about potential, abilities and respect absent from this picture. #Respect changes the image of this youth BY this youth. #Respect is supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

UPC, the ULYP University Prep Course, is in motion working closely with current UNRWA 11th graders who are performing well at school. They are offered SAT prep courses and receive college counseling sessions to help them get ready for university applications and acceptances. UPC is funded by various donors.

Target around 500 youth

Bridging The Gap

The summer has been busy for the Bridge Program, we have celebrated the graduation of 100 students, matched 125 new students starting university with scholarships, and engaged 184 potential scholarship students in our University Preparation Course (UPC). As we keep growing, the number crossing the bridge is increasing and our family is becoming bigger and more supportive than ever.

Preparation is Key

Preparation is key, and for the 5th year running the Duke Engage program and its eight wonderful volunteers supported our UPC students in SAT preparation.

SAT preparation is just one way UPC supports our students’ university application process. Over the next two years these students will undergo university counseling and guidance sessions before the Bridge Program finds and matches students with potential donors to secure the university funding.

A special thanks to Dr. Abdallah Antepli and Ahmad Gitanes from the Duke Engage Program who, with the hard work and determination of our students and the Duke volunteers, made UPC 2017 a huge success.

The Journey Begins

One hundred and twenty-five students, the intake of 2017 – 2018, have just embarked on their journey in universities in Lebanon and abroad. This mammoth achievement would not have been possible without the great help and generosity of our donors and everyone who has stood by and believed in ULYP since day one.

Bridge will be open for new applications in October 2017 and cannot wait to have new students begin their application process, start their journey and hopefully join the ULYP family.

The Future is Bright

One hundred inspiring, powerful, educated and motivated Bridge Program university graduates recently marched down the aisle and were recognized for their achievements, awarded for their special talents and initiated as ULYP alumni.

The President of the American University of Beirut, Dr. Fadio Khuri, delivered an inspirational keynote speech filled with words of encouragement and enlightenment.

This graduation brings the total number of Bridge alumni to 328. At ULYP we are extremely motivated by the success of our students, their joy, and the impact they will make as agents of positive change. The future is bright!

Bridge stars!

Rita Musleh and Diala Diab, who are both studying at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, are making significant achievements in the field of medicine. Rita finished top of her class and after having recently interned at New York Presbyterian Cornell Hospital with a focus on Neurology, will move to Germany in September for research. Read about Rita’s achievements here:

Diala, only in her second year at Yeditepe University, just published her first article on MeddyBear, a prominent scientific database. Diala has already proven her self to be an exceptional student and with her work ethic and determination we are sure she’ll make a great doctor in the future! Read Diala’s article here:


UPC 2017

Bridge is currently preparing and organizing interviews for the University Preparatory Course (UPC) Program that will run in July and August. The Bridge Scholarship Committee will be interviewing 200 10th graders from different UNRWA schools as of the beginning of May 2017. With the cooperation of volunteers from the ‘Duke Engage’ program as well as university students benefitting from a scholarship from the Bridge Program, we will be able to provide 150 students with university preparation, including SAT training and university guidance this Summer.

UPC Stars!

Mohammad Akel, who completed the UPC course in 2015, is currently on a scholarship to complete his high school education at Unite World College (UWC) in the United Kingdom. Coming from Ain el-Hilwe camp in Saida, Mohammad managed, in a very short time-period, to adapt to a new life on campus and become one of the most involved students in extra-curricular activities. Recently, he was a speaker at the TEDxYouth@UWCAC. He used this platform to raise awareness on the state and struggle of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Youssef Abou El Neaj, from the Bekaa region, was also a UPC student in 2014. Like Mohammad, Yousef is also on a scholarship to study at UWC in the UK. He is currently in Grade 12 and expected to graduate this year. Yousef was always known for his dedication towards education, and outstanding personality. Both factors played a role in Yousef recently receiving his acceptance letter from Harvard University!

It brings us great such joy to see our students achieve this level of success at a very young age!


October 2016 witnessed the launch of the Bridge Scholarship website. Unlike in previous years, students in Grade 12 will here on apply for the Bridge Program online, which means that ULYP will reach a larger group of students living outside of Beirut as they can apply from the comfort of their home. We currently have around 250 scholarship applicants (and counting) from all over Lebanon. We expect to provide between 100 and 120 scholarships to students who will be studying at universities in Lebanon and abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year.