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TAQA – THE YOUTH WELL-BEING CHAMPIONSHIP

It’s not easy being a young person living in Lebanon these days! Understatement?

"I'm frustrated. I'm tired. I'm hopeless. I’m angry!" “I’m worried about my future” How many times have you said any of this? Or Heard it from your friends? These words that we keep on hearing and that sum up the feelings of most Lebanese nowadays, especially youth.

It’s not easy being a young person in Lebanon these days. We know. And while it sometimes feels that our Lebanon's crisis won't come to an end anytime soon, we reach out to you to remind you to take care TOGETHER of your WELL-BEING. There may be a million things you cannot control and one that you can. So we call for you to STAND UP and take matters into your own hands, for your own well-being and that of the other youth.

The TAQA, Youth Wellbeing Championship is an exciting new initiative launched by UNICEF Lebanon and INJAZ Lebanon that aims to bring youth together in teams to work collectively to innovate and develop their business ideas that are EXCLUSIVELY centered on youth WELL-BEING! Twelve winning teams will receive incubation support and a total of $36K as seed funding.

TAQA is an initiative organized by INJAZ Lebanon as part of the Generation of Innovation Leaders (GIL) programme powered by UNICEF Lebanon, funded by the Kingdom of Netherlands and The Andan Foundation and in partnership with Masar, SIDC, and Hoops.

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WHAT IS WELL-BEING?

If you've been reading the above and reached this far, you would have read four times already the word "well-being," but do you know what it means? Well, it's simply about trying to feel well, having good mental health, building a strong support and social system, practicing ways to manage your stress, and much more! It can be any activity or idea that caters to the mental, psychological, social, emotional, physical, or spiritual well-being.

Many elements can affect other’s well-being and your role throughout TAQA is to find an idea for a project or business that will result in making other youth, adolescents or children feeling better. Your idea can evolve around music, sports, mental health, fitness, arts, culture, theatre, games, social gatherings and connections, or even humor, you name it! The floor is yours to be free and to impress us!

SO, WHAT IS TAQA?

It's like mixing together the basics of entrepreneurship with the different flavors of well-being and topping it with a sprinkle of innovation. TAQA aims to engage you, as youth, in finding innovative solutions to some of your own challenges, mainly those related to your well-being, while providing you with a chance to turn your ideas into income-generating activities or business.

If you're a team of at least 3 young members and have a business idea or a social enterprise that aims to promote the well-being of other youth, adolescents or younger children, then TAQA is for you

TAQA, Youth Well-being championship is: By YOU(th), For YOU(th)!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?

  • Open to team applications ONLY with a minimum of 2 or 3 members.*
  • Must be between 18 & 26 years old.
  • Must have an idea related to well-being.
  • Open to youth from all genders and from all over Lebanon.
  • Youth with disabilities are highly encouraged to participate.

STAGES

  • EXPLORE (Virtual)
    You will learn about the different elements of well-being, attend training sessions & identify the challenges to the youth well-being in Lebanon.
  • INNOVATE (Virtual)
    Teams are challenged to come up with innovative solutions to the identified problems using the design thinking process.
  • COMPETE
    The competition will be held in person in Beirut (if the conditions will allow). Winning teams will receive incubation & seed funding support.

TIMELINE

  • Workshops & Trainings: September - October 2021.
  • Semi Final & Final Award Event: End of October 2021.
  • Coaching & Incubation Support: December 2021.

Release your TAQA; we're waiting for you!