Two students attending ALC Meknes have been selected by the U.S. Department of State to attend special youth programs in Washington, D.C. for the summer 2011.

Younes Seddouki will attend the Student Leaders Institute on Social Entrepreneurship and Fatima Zouhra Ktami, a graduate of the Access Program at ALC Mekness, will attend the Institute on Women and Leadership.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders is an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The Institute on Social Entrepreneurship will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel to other parts of the United States, local site visits, and volunteer opportunities. The institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic travel component of approximately one week that will conclude with a three-day program in Washington, D.C.

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Social Entrepreneurship will provide participants with an overview of how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues. The Institute will review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally. Topics may include microfinance; organizational development and management; grant writing; innovation; emerging markets and risk analysis; strategic business planning; corporate social responsibility; and women and minorities in entrepreneurship.

The Women’s Leadership Institute examines the history and participation of women in public life in the United States. The institute focuses on two major areas: (1) Developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making and managerial abilities; and (2) Placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture and society. The institute examines women’s historical domestic progress toward equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields and current challenges in global women’s issues.