Talal Ali from Kuwait and Riyadh Al-Balushi of Oman shared ideas with 50 colleagues from around the world on Monday May 3, 2010. As part of the Legislative Fellows Program, the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs hosted a two-day Legislative Fellows Congress with over 80 fellows, ages 25-35, from more than 16 countries.
Talal and Riyadh participated in a lively discussion on “Grassroots/Youth Engagement in Politics and civil Society” led by Jeremy Bird, Deputy Director of Organizing for America, a grassroots organization that works to build support for president Obama’s policy initiatives. Talal shared his views of how to sustain youth involvement in Kuwait through inter-generational programs and Riyadh shared his experience using social media to promote civic involvement in Oman. To read more about the fellows experiences in the U.S. visit the LFP Fellows blog .