Highlight Stories

Want to learn more about the fellowship experience, follow-on project implementation and more? Check out our ProFellows' highlight stories below!

"This program has changed me significantly. On a personal level, I have developed a great degree of self-awareness and control. On a professional level, I gained so much confidence in my abilities. I also realized the importance of pursuing opportunities and speaking my mind."

- 2019 PFP Alumna - 

The Alumni Impact Award (AIA) recognizes exceptional contributions made by Professional Fellows Program (PFP) alumni to their communities, and those who have served as outstanding ambassadors for the program. Check out our AIA page to learn more about Legacy's Alumni Awardees.

Women in Political and Peace Building Spaces

Diversity in spaces where policy, legislation, human rights and peacebuilding are being discussed is imperative in any country. Women of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds are deserving of a seat at the tables where these conversations are held..

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ProFellows Come Together for Beirut

Mahmoud Abd Elmageed of Egypt and Omar Assaf of Lebanon met in the fall of 2019 while participating in the Professional Fellows Program. Their friendship started during their time in Washington, DC but little did they know that they would be reunited in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in Beirut in 2020. Learn how these close friends and business partners came together to help rebuild the Lebanese community.

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Environmental Sustainability During COVID

Greenish was co-founded by Shady Khalil, an alumnus of the 2019 Professional Fellows Program, with the intent to increase awareness of environmental sustainability and to empower and engage environmental activists around the Middle East and North Africa. Like many companies in 2020, Greenish faced many difficult decisions in the wake of COVID-19.

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Building Leadership Skills in Algeria with Online Webinars

In response to the global pandemic, PFP Alumna Kamelia Hammachi decided to mobilize her resources and create free online webinar for young professionals in Algeria. Here are her tips for a successful webinar...

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ProFellows Alumna Exemplifies Compassion-Driven Innovation

Meet Rodaina Bou Shaheen, 2019 PFP alumna and tthe Founder of Reef Catering, which provides eco-friendly catering services to socially-minded organizations. Learn here how she modified her business plan in response to COVID-19...

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ProFellows Alumni Building Peace in Tripoli, Lebanon

ProFellows Alumna Omar Assaf is the co-founder of SHiFT, a social innovation hub based in Tripoli, Lebanon. Keep reading to learn about SHiFT's innovative partnership with The Social Grocery and GlobalGiving..

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Meet the Fall 2019 #ProFellows!

Introducing Kamelia Hammachi, Shady Khalil, Rodaina Boushaheen and Hamza Muftah, a few of our impressive fellows from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon and Libya. Learn more about their impressive work here!

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Welcoming the Fall 2019 Professional Fellows Delegation

In October 2019, Legacy International welcomed 20 fellows from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon and Libya. The delegation has a variety of interests and professional backgrounds. Keep reading to learn about their fellowship placements!

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Economic Empowerment

Legacy International's six-week Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment, Middle East & North Africa, is focused on buildeding lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship & workforce development.

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A Legacy of Empowerment: Promoting Choice in Egypt

In recognition of International Women's Day, Legacy would like to highlight the work of Mary Samir of Egypt. Mary is an alumna of the North Africa Community Health Initiative. Keep reading to learn more about her project, "Because I'm a Girl"!

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Innovative Change Through Social Enterprise

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we would like to highlight the work of three Legacy Alumni working in an entrepreneurial capacity. Click below to learn about Moises (EYLA), Muath (SYLEP) and Hassan (PFP)!

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Teaching English with Sign Language in Tunisia

Manel Bergaoui - 2017 PFP Alumna- shares about her experience with the Professional Fellows Program. Click below to learn more about her project "Let's Handspeak English!"

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Professional Fellows Program: Yasser Abdesselam

Yasser Abdesselam - 2017 PFP Alumnus - shares about his experience with the Professional Fellows Program. Click below to learn more about the strong bonds that were created between the Egyptian and Algerian fellows.

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Participation of Youth in Public Life & Decision Making in Tunisia

Upon returning to Tunisia after participating in the Professional Fellows Program, Asma Ben Aîcha, began to implement her follow-on project. Her project focuses on providing training on the fundamental principles of democracy and participation in decision making.

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Professional Fellows Program: Asma Ben Aîcha

Asma Ben Aîcha - 2017 PFP Alumna - shares about her experience in the United States. Click below to see how she pushed herself outside of her comfort zone and learned how to find the pearls in this giant oyster we call the world.

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The Call to Activism: Legacy Legislative Fellow Alum Ines Amri

"How can we disrupt the status quo? How can we change and fill the gaps?" Click below to learn about Ines' journey towards social activism in Tunisia!

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Legacy Alumni Network: Leading Change in Tunisia & Beyond

Every year our alumni impress us more and more with their ingenuity and drive. Click below to learn about the impressive work our TechGirls, PFP and EYLA alumni in Tunisia have been up to!

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Gender Inequality, a Universal Issue!

Emi Yanni - a 2016 PFP Alumna - reflects on the similar barriers women face around the world. Emi urges readers to evaluate their understanding of "Gender" and "Equality." Click below to challenge your own thinking on gender equality.

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Building Trust & Transparency in Tunisia

Professional Fellow, Chiheb of Tunisia, is dedicated to developing new ways for members of Parliament to stay in touch and listen to their constituents. Click below to read about Chiheb's project, which focuses on better serving constituents.

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Mobile Services for Rural Children

Professional Fellows Alumna, Samia, returned to Tunisia to develop her follow-on project, which focused on increasing opportunities for children in rural and remote regions of Tunisia. Click below to learn more about Samia's project and how she encouraged every child to dream!

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Professional Fellows Program & the Social Innovation Fund

PFP Alumna Rokaya El Boudrari of Morocco completed her fellowship with the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund. Click below to learn more about SIF's work and Rokaya's fellowship experience!

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Countering Radicalization Through Debate

As Tunisia works to decentralize power away from the executive branch and the capitol, Tunisia's democracy remains in a fragile state. Surrounding countries remain in turmoil due to the influence of ISIS. PFP Alumnus Safouen Rezgoui is working to curb the radicalization of Tunisian youth, click below to learn more!

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Moroccan Challenges & Opportunities: Youth

Click below to learn more about how our Moroccan PFP Alumni are working to create better opportunities for Moroccan Youth by enforcing motor vehicle safety and developing programs focused on culture, art and civic education!

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Moroccan Challenges & Opportunities: Employment & NGO Development

Click below to learn more about Moroccan economic and social development and what programs PFP alumni are developing in order to combat gaps in employability and soft skills.

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Moroccan Challenges & Opportunities: Environment and Sustainable Development

Click below to learn more about how our Moroccan PFP Alumni are addressing issues of environmental justice and developing potential solutions fusing technology & ecology and sustainability & art.

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Algerian Professional Fellows: Changing the World

Click below to learn more about how our Algerian PFP Alumni are working towards Women's Empowerment, Youth Civic Engagement, Mental Health Awareness and Fighting for equal Human Rights for Deaf and Special Needs Communities.

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17 North African Fellows Placed in NGO's around Washington DC

The 2016 cohort of Professional Fellows arrived in DC from Morocco and Tunisia prepared to learn he techniques of American civil society and engage with NGO's around DC. Click below to learn more about the cohort and their expectations!

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