Boosting Your Beliefs (BYB)
Creating alternative narratives for youth amidst calls for extremism and radicalisation lies at the core of the BYB programme.
Young men and women in Kurdistan, in particular in and around Erbil, are often targeted by extremists and have little to no space for public political discussions and collective initiatives. The programme built young people’s resilience, paved the way for a future workforce and subsequently diminished the risk of future radicalisation.
SPARK offered talented 20 youth from Erbil the chance to take in an eight month Digital Workforce programme in 2018, which is designed to nurture the digital and storytelling skills of future leaders to effect positive change. Members of the workforce received a series of trainings by experts and will work together as a team to develop innovative ways to prevent and counter violent extremism through social media campaigns. The skills and experiences gained throughout the programme can be transferred to a range of different career paths.
“I can face anything in this life with self-confidence”
Sitting serenely amongst the chaos of the bustling newsroom, 21-year-old Payam Sarbast is unique. She is the youngest news reporter at Rudaw, one of the fastest growing news channels in the Middle East, while just a year ago she had no job, no work experience and no confidence.Read her full story