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Inspiring Youth

MEPI prioritizes support for youth, who are often the strongest advocates for positive change in their societies. MEPI project support youths' political engagement through innovative projects empower young civil society activists to address issues such as gender equality, corruption, and freedom of expression. MEPI's exchange programs also bring over 100 MENA undergraduate students to U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and the democratic process.

The MEPI Student Leaders Conference; Istanbul, Turkey. © State Department
The MEPI Student Leaders Conference; Istanbul, Turkey.



On Youth...

  • President Barack Obama

    “It will be the young people brimming with talent and energy and hope who can claim the future that so many in previous generations never realized.”

    President Obama - July 11, 2009