Young Adult Career Readiness & Empowerment (EmpoweReer)

   Grow Your Skills & Get a Jump Start on  Your Career

The Young Adult Career Readiness & Empowerment Summer program (EmpoweReer YEP!) is an innovative 6-week summer program.

This is a 6 week public speaking leadership training program for high girls ages 15-18. We are a group of 8 youth from HoCo who share common interests empowering young people, and enjoy working together.

Ignite your passion for youth development in our 6-week public speaking and business development internship—where your ideas lead, your leadership skills shine, and successful participants earn stipends from $100 to $500! 🚀✨

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Ayman Nassar, M.Sc, PMP, ACP

Founder of Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA), and Youth Crisis Line, with over 30+ years of experience youth and leadership development and business transformation and project portfolio management. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and a second Masters degree in Engineering Management & Systems Engineer and several leadership & management certificates. As director of EmpoweReer program he oversees the academic portion and learning experience of the participants.

Mahmoud Abuelroos, B.Sc. CSM, ITIL

Mahmoud brings over 10 years of IT and project management experience in multiple sectors including technology consulting, federal government and nonprofits. As a technology advisor, Mahmoud helped to implement technology and strategy solutions. Mahmoud is an ITIL v4 Foundation® certified and certified ScrumMaster, and is currently a Health Informatics Program Manager at the FDA helping the agency utilize technology to streamline and improve the regulatory drug review process. He held numerous roles in youth development organizations including MIST and ILIA serving as coach, judge and instructor, and a former ILIA board member from 2010-2011.

Bahaa Harraz, B.Sc.

Started his engagement with ILIA while in 6th grade, attending ILIA's young men's circle. In 2017, while a senior in year high school Bahaa became an active volunteer, chaperoning with the organization at ILIA's Middle School Entrepreneurship course, he then joined the Internship program as a Project Manager. In 2018 he was promoted to Youth Council President, and then in 2019 to President of the organization. He is a Computer Science graduate of University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, and a Quantum Physics researcher.

Yomna Nassar, B.Sc

Has been with the organization since she was 9, over the years she became a student, volunteer, intern and vice president. A recent graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Global Health and Development. She has a passion for helping others and mentoring and empowering younger females.

Mohamed French, B.Sc.

ILIA's digital transformation leader and a long time member of the organization since the age of 11. Mohamed coaches participants on technology, business analysis and technology systems. He also provides technology support for students' projects. He is a graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Information Systems.

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Program funded by Howard County and Islamic Leadership Institute of America, and generous parents and community donors The program is open to all youth ages 13 - 19 who reside in Howard County, Maryland, regardless of religious affiliation.