Syrian Youth Empowerment is a non-for-profit educational organization aimed at helping Syrian students in Syria, and neighboring countries, to pursue higher education in the United States.
Our initiative which was founded in the south side of Chicago in late 2015 by 4 Syrian alumni from Illinois Tech, built up a network of alumni throughout the United States who were eager to contribute to this noble cause of education in the time of conflict. SYE mentors, work with students to set their educational goals, and enroll them in TOEFL/SAT classes running in different Syrian cities by experienced teachers funded and organized by SYE and provide customized mentorship. Our goal is to get our students accepted and granted full scholarships from top U.S. institutions.We aim to help throughout the whole process starting with educating students about their options to pursue higher education outside of Syria, then helping out with university applications, and later assisting with visa procedures and welcoming students abroad.
On our first year, with a budget a little short of $2700, we were able to help SYE students receive admissions and full scholarships from Harvard University, Columbia University in the City of New York, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brown University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Amherst College, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Georgetown University, Duke University, University of Queens, and the University of Maryland and one student received the prestigious IIE Full Scholarship. We were able to translate $2,700 budget into $4,032,000 in scholarships which meant $1,493 for every dollar spent!
This year we are working on expanding our 2017 cohort, obtaining a 501(c)(3) status, collaborating with other organizations, schools, educational initiatives and also, on ramping up our fundraising efforts. Our goal is to continue to work, collaborate, and grow our network to help as many Syrian youths as possible to continue their educational journeys.
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Note: Jusoor - will be our fiscal sponsor for this fundraiser. All raised funds will be transferred to SYE as soon as we close this fundraiser. 100% of funds will go directly to programs.