The second Youth Voice Program, which aims to engage young Saudis through an enrichment program concentrating on improving their communication abilities, has been inaugurated by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, or MISK.
Through the program, MISK aims to help young people develop their personal skills, boosting their self-confidence and empowering them to deal with challenging circumstances and construct cogent and persuasive arguments using communication skills. Additionally, the program attempts to improve participants’ cognitive, interpersonal, and intellectual skills as well as their sense of engagement.
According to Dima Al-Sheikh, director of community engagement, global affairs, and research at Misk, the foundation has worked to include young people in leadership, decision-making, and community participation at the global, regional, and local levels ever since it was founded.
The program will be delivered remotely, and it will conclude with a ceremony when participants will receive certificates of completion. It will allow participants to engage in a discussion organized by Misk to activate the role of youth as influential citizens in coming up with ideas and solutions for the problems facing the community.
“We discovered a number of challenges that young people experience in discussion and communication, the most significant of which is effectively expressing opinions,” Al-Sheikh stated.
The Youth Voice platform helps young people gain basic communication skills and negotiation skills, which are crucial 21st-century skills because they help with improving listening and argument-formation capabilities
Young people, according to Al-Sheikh, seek protection for their identities, occupations, information, and attitudes. The Youth Voice Program supports young people by helping them advocate for themselves and their community on a variety of problems that concern them as young people.
There were thousands of trainees in the program, and some of them, according to her, were nominated as a result of the articles and films they produced.
“As a result, we choose hundreds of delegates from each community, who then receive extensive training to help them adopt topics that affect both a sizable portion of young people as well as them individually. Issues related to culture, history, education, society, and other topics can give them the necessary room to express themselves effectively.
According to Al-Sheikh, Misk had discovered through the program that the participants who had completed it the previous year were now leaders and influencers in the organizations to which they belonged.
“They have also taken on leadership roles in a number of volunteer initiatives and nonprofit groups, and they exhibit the feeling of active citizenship that we hope to instill in many young people. Through great conversation among young people, we have seen magnificent results that are now producing fruit,” she remarked.