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Initiative puts spotlight on top Jordanian alumni of US exchange programmes


The Jordan Times


AMMAN — US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Karen Sasahara announced on Monday the official launch of the “My Path” Initiative, or Darbi, a series of social media videos featuring Jordanian alumni of US government exchange programmes who have built their own career paths to professional success. 
The first six videos focused on Jordanians from across the Kingdom, from Maan to Irbid, who have played critical roles in supporting the development of their communities and the next generation of achievers, according to a US embassy statement.  
The My Path launch event took place at Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Downtown Amman, where the embassy showed the first six short videos to an audience of US government programme alumni, entrepreneurs, journalists, social media influencers and others from across Jordan, said the statement. 
Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth Thabet Al Nabulsi also attended the opening.  
The six Jordanians featured in the videos are Mohammad Al Masri of Irbid, Saddam Sayyaleh of Jerash, Rakan Al Rowad of Maan and Malak Al Akiely, Alaa Suleiman and Lara Ayoub of Amman. 
They participated in a panel discussion at the event expanding on My Path’s central theme: Inspiring Jordanian youth to make their own success stories and find their own paths. 
“We have met many of these individuals through their participation in educational and cultural exchange programmes sponsored by the US Department of State; programmes aimed at strengthening the seven-decade-long friendship between Jordan and the United States,” Sasahara was quoted in the statement as saying. 
“There are scores of young people in this country who are finding their paths to success —  both for themselves and their families and their communities. They’re doing it here in Amman, in Irbid, in Maan, in Jerash — all over Jordan,” she added.   
Over the next two weeks, the US embassy will post the six initial videos on its Facebook page and encourage followers to share stories about their own paths to developing themselves, their communities and Jordan as a whole, according to the statement. 
The embassy will also launch a contest on its Instagram account, encouraging followers to share photos of the My Path / Darbi logo when they see it on public buses. 
In the months ahead, the embassy will continue to feature stories about exceptional exchange programme alumni who are making a difference in Jordan on their Facebook page and Instagram account, using the hashtags: #USAinJO and #MyPath.

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