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CATALYST

Step into the world of CATALYST – Catalyzing Youth Shaping Transformation! A dynamic program designed to ignite positive change among North Lebanon's and Akkar's youth with a specific focus on young women and youth in the circular economy. It aims to activate and nurture the potential of young minds with essential skills and leadership opportunities.

CATALYST provides two tracks, namely the CUWA and CATCH tracks, open to youth residing in the municipalities of Al Minaa, Bourj Al Yahoudiyeh, Deir Ammar and Tripoli for the CATCH track in addition to Kfarhelda, Mshmsh for the CUWA track. It also culminates with the 'Catalyst Futures Forum' to celebrate the achievements and learning of all youth.

Join us in addressing critical gaps in the circular economy, promoting active participation, and creating a space for knowledge exchange. Be part of the transformation!

Catalyst project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs and in cooperation with INJAZ Lebanon and the municipalities of Al Minaa, Bourj Al Yahoudiyeh, Deir Ammar, Kfarhelda, Mshmsh, and Tripoli.

CUWA TRACK

The CUWA, Circularity Uniting Women in Action, track invites young women in North Lebanon & Akkar* to explore sustainable living, entrepreneurship, and leadership. With a focus on eco-friendly practices and community engagement, this track fosters a collective spirit and a practical approach to shaping a greener and circular future.

Within CUWA, young women participating in the sustainability and circular economy training will take a leadership role in engaging with older women within their communities. Selected participants will be paid a 3-month stipend to facilitate activities within this track.

This unique approach fosters a dynamic exchange of knowledge and experiences, creating a collaborative space for exploring and implementing green practices. Through this intergenerational interaction, CUWA aims to bridge wisdom and innovation, contributing to a more sustainable and interconnected community fabric.

*The CUWA track is exclusively open to residents of these six municipalities in the North of Lebanon & Akkar: Al Minaa, Bourj Al Yahoudiyeh, Deir Ammar, Mshmsh, and Tripoli.

ACTIVITIES (CUWA)

  • Green Basics

    Gain basic sustainability & circular practices knowledge in a five-day, 20-hour program covering eco-living skills and solutions for a greener future.

  • Communication Basics

    Training for community leaders emphasizing effective communication through expressive facilitation, knowledge sharing, and project presentations.

  • Green Initiator Workshop

    A 2-day workshop on communication, outreach & budget management for selected participants, followed by a 3-month paid stipend period to facilitate activities in the CUWA Track.

  • Green Community Circles

    Collaborative activities uniting you with older women from your local communities to address challenges, foster unity, get exposed to diverse stakeholders, and expand your horizons through real-world experiences.

WHO & WHEN (CUWA)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Young women aged between 18 & 35
  • High-school graduates & University students
  • Passionate about sustainability & eager to lead change
  • Motivated to drive positive change within your community
  • Residing in any of these 6 municipalities in North Lebanon & Akkar: Al Minaa, Bourj Al Yahoudiyeh, Deir Ammar, Mshmsh, and Tripoli

Timeline

  • Call for applications: March & April 2024
  • Ongoing screening & selection: March & April 2024
  • Launch & ongoing trainings: May to December 2024
  • Catalyst Futures Forum: February 2025

Kindly be aware that participants enrolled in CUWA won't have the opportunity to participate in the CATCH track. Make sure you select the track that aligns best with your preferences!

Apply to CUWA Track

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CATCH Track

CATCH, the Catalyst Innovation Challenge, is aimed at youth representatives from local community-based organizations, educational institutions, or youth clubs in the following municipalities in North Lebanon & Akkar: Al Minaa, Bourj Al Yahoudiyeh, Deir Ammar, and Tripoli.

It inspires them to discover opportunities for their community in embracing more circular and sustainable practices through the Circular Challenge.

Youth representatives, aged 18 to 30, who are eager to participate should apply in teams of a minimum of 5. They should be capable of presenting a project that addresses environmental and economic challenges on behalf of their organization, institution, club, etc.

Five exceptional projects representing their youth-led organizations will stand a chance to win up to $5,000 each for project implementation!

The CATCH track is exclusively open to residents of these four municipalities in the North of Lebanon: Al Minaa, Bourj Al Yahoudiyeh, Deir Ammar, and Tripoli.

ACTIVITIES (CATCH)

  • Circular Bootcamp

    Structured workshops offering in-depth insights into the principles and practices of the circular economy with dedicated sessions to developing circular business models and innovating in the green economy.

  • Circular Challenge

    Apply gained knowledge and skills from previous workshops to develop innovative circular economy solutions for your community.

  • Circular Project Implementation

    A total of $25K in In-Kind grants & incubation support will be awarded to the 5 youth-led projects showcasing circular economy principles with impactful potential in their municipalities. These teams will be selected during the Demo Day.

WHO & WHEN (CATCH)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Apply as a team with at least 5 youths
  • Your team should represent local & community-based organizations, educational institutions, or youth clubs
  • Team members should be aged between 18 & 30
  • Coming from various specializations including students, graduates, & young professionals
  • Passionate about sustainability
  • Eager to explore the circular economy's potential to address environmental and economic challenges.
  • Residing in any of these 4 municipalities in North Lebanon & Akkar: Al Minaa, Bourj Al Yahoudiyeh, Deir Ammar, and Tripoli

Timeline

  • Call for applications: March & April 2024
  • Ongoing screening & selection: March & April 2024
  • Launch & ongoing trainings: May to December 2024
  • Catalyst Futures Forum: February 2025

Apply to CATCH Track

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CATALYST FUTURES FORUM

The Catalyst Futures Forum is the culmination of the CATALYST program in Tripoli and aims to celebrate your achievements from both CUWA and CATCH tracks!

Get to showcase your green projects within the exhibition space, and benefit from the unique networking opportunity allowing you to showcase your circular, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills. It's a testament to youth ingenuity, their commitment to sustainability, and their role in shaping a greener and more prosperous future for the region.