We seek to identify youth leaders who are addressing social, political, or economic issues in their countries and communities and who demonstrate potential to influence American and Middle Eastern affairs. Through collaboration, mentorship, and leadership training, AMENDS hopes to ensure that these student leaders are better equipped to affect positive change in the world. Ultimately, we strive to create an online forum that shares these students’ unique experiences and ideas, and serves as a resource for mutual understanding between the Middle East and the United States.
Identify, Collaborate, and Mentor: AMENDS creates partnerships with organizations throughout the Middle East and United States to identify exceptional student leaders. AMENDS then pairs up students from the Middle East with students from the U.S. and gives each pair a mentor - either leaders in Silicon Valley or professors from Stanford and partner universities in the Middle East - who works with the students before the conference to further develop their own political and social initiatives.
Hold Annual Conference: AMENDS holds an annual conference at Stanford University that brings together a total of forty youth leaders from the United States and countries across the Middle East. During the conference, the delegates participate in workshops on leadership, engage in round table discussions on political issues facing the Middle East and United States, and attend
presentations from keynote speakers. In collaboration with students at Koç University - a leading university in Istanbul, Turkey, we hold an additional annual conference for past delegates who have now joined the AMEND network as fellows to continue their collaboration.
Create Online Video Forum: The conference culminates in presentations by the youth leaders on their own respective ideas and experiences. The presentations will be open to the entire Stanford community and put online in a forum similar to TED TalksTM. We believe such an online resource would not only improve understanding between America and the Middle East, but also increase support for the truly amazing work done by student leaders around the globe.