World Learning awarded grants to three DYLEP alumni in November 2018, whose projects all focus on peacebuilding and anti-bigotry.
Mia Lazar (DYLEP 2017, U.S.): The Filmshakers Festival is a film festival to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, for high school and college filmmakers across the country focused on issues of peacebuilding and anti-bigotry.
Mia is a student at Blacksburg High School. She participated in DYLEP in 2017. The people she met during the program continue to inspire her to do what she loves and works to help others. Documentary filmmaking is her biggest passion, and she has made several award-winning films about environmental and social issues. Whenever her sister and her win a video competition, they use the money to help turn her room into a makeshift video studio. When she is not working on some kind of video project, she spends her free time hiking or playing board games.
The Woman Voice Program
Fatimah Fadhil (DYLEP 2016, Iraq): The Woman Voice Program is hosted at the British Language Institute in Hillah, Iraq, to empower young women ages 15-26 the topics of leadership, sexism, self-defense, women’s rights, and mental health.
Fatimah is a high school student in Hilla, Iraq. She is a DYLEP 2016 and Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) 2017 alumna. In addition to being a student, she works as a social activist and a young leader focused on addressing both global and local issues together with other alumni. After her DYLEP and IYLEP experiences, she decided to focus on empowering women in Iraq. She sees herself as adaptable and open-minded, and always the happiest when she helps others.
Leaders of Tomorrow
Areej Al-Taie (DYLEP 2017, Iraq): Leaders of Tomorrow is a virtual exchange program led by alumni of DYLEP, the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP), and Jóvenes en Acción, to connect students in Iraq, U.S. and Mexico.
Areej is a DYLEP 2017 alumna from Baghdad, Iraq. Areej likes to bring about positive change to her community and other communities. She participated in DYLEP in 2017 and IYLEP in 2018. During these programs, she discovered things about herself that she did not know before, which helped her identify her goals and overcome challenges. During her free time, she likes to listen to music, watch movies, and skate.