Program launched to empower young Saudis in nonprofit sector

The program will change the perception of young generation about the nonprofit sector in line with Vision 2030. (AN photo)
Updated 13 January 2019
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Program launched to empower young Saudis in nonprofit sector

  • “The partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will change our view of the nonprofit sector in line with Vision 2030 project,” Princess Banderi bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal said

JEDDAH: The second Saudi Philanthropic Fellowship program, organized in tandem with the King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was launched on Saturday at the KKF’s headquarters.
Called Shaghaf, meaning “passion,” the program will aim to attract young Saudis curious about careers in the nonprofit sector by providing information, improving its image, and organizing international training and experience.
Shaghaf will run for 16 months, and include intensive lessons in the management of nonprofit organizations at Columbia Business School, as well as visits to various non-profit organizations based in New York.
Monthly orientation and vocational guidance sessions will also take place, in addition to quarterly developmental workshops.
Princess Banderi bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, director general of the KKF, said. “The partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will change our view of the nonprofit sector in line with Vision 2030 project,” she said.
Work is scheduled to start between participants and nine nonprofit organizations in January 2019, including the Society of Majid bin Abdul Aziz for Development and Social Services, Ghadan Consulting and Capacity Building, the Salem bin Mahfouz Foundation, and the Zahra Association.
The Wareef Charity, Tasamy for Social Entrepreneurship, Mawaddah Women’s Charity for Reduction of Divorce, Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, and Al-Ahsa’s King Khalid Foundation for People with Disabilities will also take part.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.