I am the co-founder of GYDI (Global Youth Development Initiative) where university students from across Afghanistan are connected to mentors from across the world who are professionals and senior university students which is acting as a platform for the students to find the professional and cultural frames of reference in order for them to be competitive in the global economy. More than 150 University students from across Afghanistan are connected to mentors. I along with a capable team created a support network for Afghan Youth through having five support groups: Gender Support Group; Emotional or Stress Management Support Group; Balancing School and Family Life Support Group; Trauma Support Group; and Self Care Skills Support Group. We have been facilitating the trainings for these support groups.
The mission of the Global Youth Development Initiative is to create supportive one-to-one virtual mentoring relationships for students around the world.
The Program focuses on these four areas, specifically as they relate to multicultural awareness:
- Increased self-awareness
- Value-based goal setting
- Enhanced sense of belonging and self-esteem
- Academic skill development
- Career path development.