When YES alumnus Saadman Bin Abdullah was in the U.S. in 2014-2015, he had the privilege of attending the Global New Media Lab (GNML), which is run through a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and PH International. The aim of GNML is to provide participants of three of the Department of State’s high school academic exchanges with the skills to get involved in civic engagement by using social media and information technology. After completing the GNML Online training, Saadman joined 25 other FLEX, A-SMYLE, and YES students in Burlington, VT for a Youth TechCamp. The weeklong camp was hosted at Champlain College, and taught the students how to develop action plans for teaching their home communities how to use social media.
On December 12, 2015, Saadman used all of the skills he learned through this conference to lead his first alumni project! Saadman created a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to cleanup Dhanmondi Lake in Dhaka. After receiving a generous donation from European Standard School, he and eight other volunteers were able to implement the “Bring Water, Bring Life” project. The project aimed to show citizens of Dhaka how important it is to take care of the environment by cleaning up Dhanmondi Lake. Volunteers took garbage bags and brooms and picked up all the trash around the lake while talking to onlookers about the importance of environmental protection.
The European Standard School was so impressed by the alumni that they asked the alumni to conduct a training at their school. In February 2016, Saadman will use the action plan that he developed at the Youth TechCamp to train students, teachers and parents on using social media as a means of civic engagement.
Saadman Bin Abdullah was hosted by PAX in Anchorage, AK