Saeed Abu El Hassan (Finalist)

The second largest city in Jordan, Irbid is known as a university hub with more than 70,000 students. Seeking to maximize the talents and contributions of the city’s younger residents, Saeed Abu El Hassan founded the Irbid Youth Volunteers. “Youth in Irbid have a lot of energy,” says Saeed. “They want to do something with their lives. We give them the channel.”The organization benefits from Saeed’s professional expertise as a graphic designer whose handiwork is displayed on banners, t-shirts, and other promotional materials. Its slogan, “One city, one family,” reinforces a unifying message. While the city’s sizeable foreign student population once felt marginalized, now avenues exist to celebrate their diverse cultures.