Youth Engagement: Stories from Beirut

Abbas Sbeity, Architects for Change Founder


This event is organized by Groundwork New Orleans at Albert & Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design.

Abbas Sbeity is a visiting fellow at Groundwork New Orleans. He comes all the way from Beirut, Lebanon, as part of the Community Solutions Program. The program recognizes community leaders from around the world and offers them a placement at a local US organization.

During the presentation, Abbas will talk about his community engagement work in Beirut, bringing stories about challenges and innovative solutions by young people. He will also introduce his organization Architects for Change and presents the work he is currently doing at Groundwork New Orleans.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6 PM The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture 1725 Baronne Street, New Orleans

About the speaker:

Abbas Sbeity is a multipotentialite designer and a social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Architects for Change, a youth-led organization that empowers young architects and designers to address the challenges in their communities. He is a fellow at Groundwork New Orleans, with the Community Solutions Program, where he is involved in developing youth engagement processes in urban and environmental affairs. He is a member at the MENA Design Research Center, where he was the project coordinator for Beirut Design Week in 2015 and 2016.

With five years of professional experience in design, management, and youth education, Abbas focuses on community engagement, participatory design, and youth empowerment. He develops, leads, mentors, and facilitates a variety of youth programs and community projects with local and international organizations, such as Loyac, Beyond Learning, TeensWhoCode, and Nahnoo.

Abbas’s leadership has been recognized by the European Commission in 2016, where he was selected as a Young Leader to speak at the European Development Days in Brussels. He also received the Hesselbein Medal for Leadership and Civic Engagement from the Hesselbein Global Academy at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA. He is a fellow at the Young Leaders Visitors Program by the Swedish Institute, and an active member of the networks of Ashoka’s Changemakerxchange and MitOst.

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