Maria and Sharbel are two young people who are working to empower youth in Jezzine through the Jezzine Hub – a youth-led community centre that offers support for innovative ideas that improve the region's socio-economic development.
Being part of the Jezzine Hub since its creation, Maria and Sharbel are able to engage with the youth in their community and contribute to their empowerment.
"After the inauguration of the Hub, I started to organise activities with the team and became part of the decision-making process with the management committee," Maria said.
"This experience helped me to grow on a personal and professional level. it also helped me know the Jezzine community better and engage more with the youth in the area."
Sharbel, one of the co-founders of the Jezzine HUB, said that his work is enabling him to be in touch with the youth community, identify its needs and promote it as an engine of change.
"With the Hub, I am now focusing on community development and aim to promote the sustainability and growth of my region through empowering youth."
The Jezzine Hub strengthens the involvement of youth in the socio-economic development of the Jezzine region. It supports the youth through the organisation of cultural activities and entrepreneurship initiatives, as well as the promotion of social innovations. It also serves as incubator, providing incubation of ideas through mentorship, networking opportunities, and tailored trainings for youth and youth associations.
The European Union supported the Hub through the financing of rehabilitation works, capacity building and workshops.