A few weeks ago, a group of young Iraqi leaders gathered in Northern Iraq for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. The students reported on progress they were making on service projects, learned about volunteers projects in various cities in Iraq, set 5 year goals for themselves and reunited with friends they hadn’t seen in months.
After the reunion, we wrote about three young people in Baghdad who are working to make a difference in the lives of poor families in their city. Abdulaziz, Khalid and Maryam aren’t the only teens making a difference in Iraq; at the end of the reunion, each IYLEP ’13 participant made a pledge for the future. Here are a few of those pledges:
“I pledge to do whatever it takes to change my school [for the better] and make every school like that, for better education systems.”
“I pledge to be myself and nothing but myself and stay different and show my community that it is okay to be different!”
“I pledge that I’ll be the change I want to see in the world”
“I pledge that from now on I’ll make a special time each day to reflect on what I’ve learned …”
“I pledge that I will put a smile on the kids’ faces and bring hope, job and happiness to their hearts”
“I pledge to become more active in my community and start a project to change my society and focus on my studies.”
“I pledge that I will care for the next generation, to become more creative, and to keep Iraq always improving”
What pledge will you make about your future?