Youth Engagement

Research has shown that ongoing stress can have a negative impact on the body and mind.
Research has shown that ongoing stress can have a negative impact on the body and mind.
Covid fatigue: a survival guide
Covid fatigue: a survival guide
27 September 2021

A dramatic reduction in face-to-face interactions, concern for older relatives, and uncertainty over examinations and future prospects have placed a heavy burden on today’s youth. When it comes to mental health, young people are facing one of the most pressing challenges in recent times.

Resilience refers to our ability to recover after hardships.
Resilience refers to our ability to recover after hardships.
Eight steps to building resilience in changing times
Eight steps to building resilience in changing times
29 August 2021

The changes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have impacted every aspect of life, and often leave us feeling physically and emotionally tired without understanding why. Our ability to recover after hardships, also known as resilience, is key in helping us to adapt to new situations in our lives. Read on for eight tips on how to build resilience in our rapidly changing world.

Restoring the natural balance between humans and the environment will require global society to actively engage with the challenges that the natural world presents.
Restoring the natural balance between humans and the environment will require global society to actively engage with the challenges that the natural world presents.
International Youth Day: Restoring the balance
International Youth Day: Restoring the balance
11 August 2021

Today’s complex global challenges will likely have a disproportionate impact on our youth. Through education, innovation, and entrepreneurial solutions, this year’s International Youth Day offers young people a platform to build momentum towards meaningful positive change.

The Aga Khan Academies are ideal places to make lifelong friendships.
The Aga Khan Academies are ideal places to make lifelong friendships.
Striving for a bright future
Striving for a bright future
5 August 2021

High school student Aimaan Sayani has lived in Pakistan and Canada, and spent five years studying at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya. “When I used to hear Aga Khan Academies students talk about studying there, and when I read about the school, I was so intrigued,” she said.

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat makes bathymetric (depth) assessments of lakes and rivers in Tajikistan jointly with Moscow State University specialists.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat makes bathymetric (depth) assessments of lakes and rivers in Tajikistan jointly with Moscow State University specialists.
Interning at AKDN: A student’s story
Interning at AKDN: A student’s story
28 June 2021

University of Central Asia student Payrov Dehqonov interned at the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, and helped to analyse data in order to better prepare communities in Tajikistan that are at high-risk of being impacted by natural disasters.

Ismaili youth have been serving on the frontlines during the public health crisis.
Ismaili youth have been serving on the frontlines during the public health crisis.
Ismaili youth on the Covid frontline
Ismaili youth on the Covid frontline
31 May 2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues through 2021, Ismaili youth from around the world have been playing their part on the frontline. From travelling to remote areas to provide healthcare access, to stepping in at short-staffed hospitals, to holding down the fort in Covid wards, young members of the Jamat have stepped up to support citizens and families impacted by the pandemic.

Four of the crew members of Expedition 65 currently aboard the International Space Station, including flight engineers Thomas Pesquet (ESA), Megan McArthur (NASA), and Shane Kimbrough (NASA) as well as Commander Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA).
Four of the crew members of Expedition 65 currently aboard the International Space Station, including flight engineers Thomas Pesquet (ESA), Megan McArthur (NASA), and Shane Kimbrough (NASA) as well as Commander Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA).
NASA and Ismaili Jamat in the US partner for a live event from the International Space Station
NASA and Ismaili Jamat in the US partner for a live event from the International Space Station
12 May 2021

In today’s global environment, engineers, scientists, and inventors from different backgrounds collaborate on a global scale to create the technologies that impact human life on a daily basis. Against this backdrop, the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to host an In-flight Education Downlink live from the International Space Station with Expedition 65 astronaut Megan McArthur on 17 May 2021. 

As our world grapples with a complex public health crisis, the importance of healthcare is clearer than ever.
As our world grapples with a complex public health crisis, the importance of healthcare is clearer than ever.
Ismaili youth changing the practice of healthcare
Ismaili youth changing the practice of healthcare
28 April 2021

With technology advancing and the world becoming increasingly globalised, the very nature of healthcare provision is changing. Young Ismailis around the world are at the forefront of this transition, pursuing diverse interests to help health workers around the world provide equitable, compassionate, and quality care.

Young members of the Jamat are increasingly stepping into the visual, musical, and performing arts.
Young members of the Jamat are increasingly stepping into the visual, musical, and performing arts.
Young Ismailis embrace the arts
Young Ismailis embrace the arts
27 March 2021

In his remarks at the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards in 2019, Mawlana Hazar Imam said, “after all, art is a matter of humanity just as much as it is a matter of identity.” Ismaili youth across the globe have been embracing art in this very spirit, to express, appreciate, and propel their emotions, thoughts, and passions in an outstanding way.

Rufayda's desire to learn more about the relationship between business and sustainability led her to pursue a job with a science-based pollination startup.
Rufayda's desire to learn more about the relationship between business and sustainability led her to pursue a job with a science-based pollination startup.
Young Ismailis prepare for a future economy
Young Ismailis prepare for a future economy
27 February 2021

The complex challenges facing our increasingly volatile world — from climate change to rural development to security — are also a source of opportunity for the next generation of leaders and changemakers. Around the world, young Ismailis like Rufayda Dhamani, Nurmuhammad Butabekov, and Aleem Rehmtulla are taking creative approaches to address these issues and prepare for the future of the global economy.

Pandemic perseverance: Pursuing your dreams during Covid-19
Pandemic perseverance: Pursuing your dreams during Covid-19
26 February 2021

I always saw the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as a daunting exam; nevertheless, the fact that so many students would be taking it with me physically gave me some sense of moral support, even if that support was coming from strangers.

Azan Virji from Kenya and Ashiana Jivraj from Canada aim to help other international students navigate their journey in higher education in the USA.
Azan Virji from Kenya and Ashiana Jivraj from Canada aim to help other international students navigate their journey in higher education in the USA.
International students helping others achieve their dreams
International students helping others achieve their dreams
29 January 2021

Take any highly successful person and chances are that person had a mentor to guide his or her journey, but when Kenyan-born Azan Virji set out to obtain a world-class medical education in the United States, he didn’t know whose path he could follow.

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