A podcast created and produced by alumni of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program.
Better Than Yesterday
In this episode, Hiba (Morocco) and Amela (Bosnia & Herzegovina) discuss human rights and child labor. They interview Ashrav, who experienced child labor and talks about the hardships he has faced, and how his childhood has impacted his life overall. This series hopes to raise awareness of child labor and other global issues.
In this episode, Ameera (Malaysia) and Shifa (India), hope to inspire youth to get involved in their communities and volunteer! They both speak with Mamadou, a fellow YES alumnus from Mali, to discuss how they began volunteering and various projects they've been involved with. The group shares advice on how youth can make a positive impact in their local communities.
In this episode, Joyce (Liberia) and Yumna (Pakistan) highlight YES alumni who have implemented succesfull community projects. They interview Azima Dhanjee, a YES alumna from Pakistan, who is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectHear, a social enterprise that works with the Deaf community. Azima shares about her work and her experience with founding the organization, the challenges she has faced, and her goals for continuing to promote deaf inclusivity in Pakistan.
Interfaith Love Stories
In this episode, Uma (Bangladesh) and Samiur (Bangladesh) interview a Bangladeshi couple who practice different religions. One is Christian and the other is Muslim. The couple explains the different reactions they received from their friends and family when they first started dating and how they overcame misunderstandings from the public about their interfaith relationship.
In this episode, Nada (Morocco) and Moones (Libya) discuss various careers and share career advice for young people. They interview a 24 year-old woman from Morocco who started a professional career at Microsoft as a UX designer working with Minecraft. She shares that while her career path has been challenging, perseverance and determination has helped her to achieve her career goals.
In this episode, Zulfa (Ghana) and Heba (Gaza) discuss gender inequality, arranged marriages, and the lack of educational opportunities for the women in their communtiies. Success stories are anything but traditional and this episode works to inspire and motivate listeners to believe in their abilities to pursue their educational and professional goals.