Active Citizen Summit 2.0 kicks off today

In partnership with the State Department, Bureau of Near East Affairs we are pleased to welcome 18 young leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa to Chicago for the Active Citizen Summit 2.0. The Summit will incorporate unique opportunities for fellows to explore relevant topics and engage in professional development around the theme of youth entrepreneurship. The program officially starts tomorrow with remarks from Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Richard Schmierer; Secretary Kerry’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues, Zeenat Rahman; and Steven Koch, Deputy Mayor of the City of Chicago.

As part of the Summit, participants will be spending 10 days in internship placements across the city at companies and organizations including:

Step Up Women’s Network

Chicago Public Library

Chicago Debate Commission

Mikva Challenge


Diana’s Bananas

Healthy Schools Campaign

Niagara Foundation

Impact Engine

Lightspan Digital

World Business Chicago


Chicago Sister Cities International

Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center

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