LOYAC Summer Program

Project Representative
Ms Fareah Ahmad Al-Saqqaf
Creation Date: 2001
Headquarters: Kuwait
Geographical Reach: Kuwait
Nature and number of beneficiaries: 520 students each year
Expertise: Unspecified
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LOYAC Summer Program

About the Project

Since LOYAC was founded in 2002, it has been working on creating purpose and vocational awareness among youth in the age group of 6 to 30 years. The LOYAC Summer Program is unique as it links community service and paid internships for students. Starting in 2013, all participating students were provided with a free workskills workshop, which helped them prepare for their future job experience. In addition, students particiated in "Youth Initiatives" which enabled them to work on creative projects which were funded by LOYAC. 

The project aims to keep young people busy in summer by offering them opportunities in the public and private sector. The long-term objective of the program is to empower young people by making them employable and getting them involved in society through community service. Over the years, LOYAC has helped many students to secure jobs in the companies where they were placed by LOYAC and even in other companies. Many students have opened their own businesses and become independent. The Summer Program has grown over the years. It was the first program to create a platform where students can get paid jobs with a mix of community development projects. The idea behind it is to support young people by offering them opportunities to keep them busy in the summer. The program aims to teach skills which increase employability.

Context and Issue

Most of the schools do a good job. On literacy, however, the curriculum is restricted and students only focus on getting good grades at the end of every semester. The LOYAC program is designed to bridge this gap between the academic knowledge they receive and the competencies they require for a real job. Applications are accepted from high schoolers, university students and even recent graduates. In addition, every participant is provided with the practical experience and exposure they need in order to secure a job later.

Apart from the theoretical know-how, it is important for every young person to receive training and exposure to find a job or acquire the skills that are required to set up an entrepreneurial venture. There are students who can earn degrees and diplomas but who lack the skills which make them employable. Participation in the Summer Program ensures that these challenges are overcome and each student is put on a path to success.

Solution and Impact

The project, with its innovative methods, seeks to develop human capital and at the same time contribute to society by focusing on the concept of community service.

Every year, many of the students are offered full-time jobs by the companies where they work as interns. Many continue to work with LOYAC and learn how to run community service projects. Others are selected by overseas companies on the basis of the experience they gain with LOYAC. LOYAC also has success stories in which students moved on into new businesses as entrepreneurs.

Future Developments

In the coming years, LOYAC aims to increase the number of young people and companies which participate every year. Its vision is to provide opportunities to young people in accordance with their interests and capabilities, leading to their all-round development. LOYAC plans to expand the scope of the program in the long run by providing more opportunities to young people from different age groups, in various fields of their academic and personal interests.

The project aims to achieve the above as follows:
- Firstly, LOYAC wants to reach more students (Kuwaitis and expats) by collaborating with universities, private and public schools. LOYAC plans to participate in job fairs to reach graduates and interested students.
- The second part of the plan will include contacting public and private companies. This will ensure that LOYAC has opportunities in different fields like engineering, medicine, the service sector, academia, the media and much more to accommodate the needs of every student.

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