On June 23, BADIR, the Jordanian youth entrepreneurship initiative launched by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Starbucks, celebrated its second class of fellows during a special awards ceremony. The 23 young social innovators awarded the fellowship are addressing a range of community issues in their work—from health advocacy, women’s empowerment and education to volunteerism, recycling, and agriculture. Through BADIR, each will benefit from training, funding, and networking opportunities designed to strengthen their social change work.

The event was held under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia Al Tabaa, who acknowledged each of the Fellows in distributing their awards. Also in attendance were senior executives from Starbucks and IYF, in addition to representatives of the Friends of BADIR, an array of national business, nonprofit, public sector, academic, and media organizations that have lent their support to the initiative.

“These outstanding young entrepreneurs have demonstrated drive and dedication in improving their communities,” said IYF’s Jordan Country Director Rana Turk in welcoming the new BADIR Fellows. “We look forward to working with them as they develop and expand their projects.”

Rana Shaheen, Regional Communications and CSR Manager of Starbucks Coffee MENA, added: “On behalf of Starbucks and M.H. Alshaya Co., the official operator of the brand in the MENA region, I would like to congratulate this year’s BADIR fellows. As a nationwide, youth-led initiative that aims to foster, develop, and support social entrepreneurship, BADIR has already witnessed remarkable success in empowering local youth to drive progress in their communities. We have enormous confidence in the new class of fellows, and look forward to supporting and following these 23 innovators as they inspire positive change and development throughout Jordan.”

The BADIR fellowship aims to create a national network of Jordanian youth leaders, empowering them to create positive change in their communities through their existing social projects. The 23 youth selected as this year’s fellows will benefit from social innovation skills and management training to strengthen their community initiatives. Those who complete the first training workshop will then receive a monetary grant of $5,000, as well as ongoing mentorship and support from the Friends of BADIR. Through this comprehensive approach, the BADIR initiative is expected to directly benefit thousands of Jordanians.

BADIR is a member of IYF’s YouthActionNet® global network comprising 12 national/regional youth leadership institutes across the world. The 2013 BADIR Fellows are among more than 730 young leaders in 73 countries to be identified and supported by YouthActionNet and its partners.