Application Deadline: October 12 2013
When: AMEND Summit – April 9-10 2014
The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue (AMENDS) is a student initiative at Stanford University that brings together the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and United States to learn from each other, connect with global leaders and resources, and share, through TED style talks, their ideas and experiences with the world.
AMENDS has three main components: networking, summit, and the AMENDS Talks. During the summit, delegates will share their ideas, collaborate on their initiatives, and interact with world leaders in workshops, panel discussions, and formal networking events. This year, the AMENDS summit will take place on April 9-14, 2014.
The conference will culminate in the AMENDS Talks, presentations from all of the delegates on their initiatives, ideas, and experiences.These presentations will be shared online for the world to see. Delegates will be selected based on the level of their dedication to promoting change in the MENA region and/or in U.S.- MENA relations.
They will also heavily consider the past experiences and backgrounds of each delegate that will enable him/her to contribute a unique perspective to the conference, in order to ensure a rich, diverse group of delegates.
As a participant in the AMENDS conference, your lodging, food, and conference expenses will be covered. Participants who have the financial means to contribute to their travel expenses (plane, train, etc) will be expected to do so. If selected as a delegate, the AMENDS Team will assess your level of need, offer a corresponding travel subsidy, and work with you, when possible, to acquire a travel grant or scholarship from your university or organization.
However, the application process is need-blind and AMENDS hopes to ensure that financial concerns do not prevent anyone from participating in the summit. Being selected as an AMENDS delegate entails a commitment to continue giving back to your community, country, and world. Delegates are expected to remain active members of the AMENDS community after the conference.
Applicants currently living outside of the United States:
In the event that you are accepted to serve as a delegate, please keep in mind that you will need a passport that is valid at least six months from the time of the conference and an American visa. We will do our best to assist you in the visa process should you need one. In addition, English proficiency is required. Please make sure to fill out the entire application. You will also need to copy/paste a current resume, in addition to any website links, e-articles, or certificates you believe highlight relevant accomplishments.
- Be between 18 and 28 years old
- Be from the Middle East, North Africa (MENA Region)
- have an innovative idea or well thought-out initiative that could effect positive change in the world
- Have an interest to promote understanding between USA and Middle East
- Proficient in English Language
For More Information:
Webpage of the AMEND Conference: amends.stanford.edu