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Proteges Third Generation officially launched in Kuwait

The speakers at the official press conference are pictured

The speakers at the official press conference are pictured

KUWAIT: Proteges - the mentorship program that provides young people with opportunities to learn life and leadership skills was officially launched at a press conference at The Chairman’s Club in Burgan Bank Tower. Members of the Proteges program were joined by executives from KIPCO Group - the program’s main sponsor. Speakers at the press conference included program manager, Shamlan Al-Bahar, program mentor Rana Al-Khaled and Abeer Al-Omar, Corporate Communications Manager at KIPCO. During the conference, Al-Bahar explained the origin and objectives of Proteges: “Proteges was developed because we wanted to provide Kuwait’s future generations with the life and leadership skills they need to help society and lead our country. Our objective is to seek out gifted young people and give them an opportunity to shine like the stars we hope they will become. By taking part in a short but concentrated series of lectures and training courses, these young people will hopefully learn things that will change their lives forever. So, we are here today to officially launch the Third Generation of the Proteges program: the UK Edition. We encourage all young people between the ages of 16 to 24 to find out more about the program and register as soon as they can.” Rana Al-Khaled, a mentor in the Proteges Program, spoke about how it works: “The Proteges curriculum is designed to reinforce morals, enhance social and life skills and develop self awareness. It also focuses on improving critical thinking and creativity. This is achieved through workshops, projects, debates, guest speakers and a stop to the United Kingdom for specialized courses. The UK element of the program Is being hosted by Kings College in London, which is one of the top 30 universities in the world”.

Commenting as the main sponsor, Abeer Al-Omar said that KIPCO Group was committed to developing its partnership with the Proteges program: “KIPCO Group has a long track record of successful corporate social responsibility initiatives and so we are very pleased to be the main partner the latest Proteges program. As we say, this program is being powered by KIPCO, because all our core companies are taking part in one way or another. For example, The American University of Kuwait is providing its campus for the registration process and will host the Kuwait-based training sessions. Our regional TV operator, OSN, is providing prime air time during Ramadan for a television commercial which will publicize Proteges to a huge audience” The press conference was attended by graduates from previous programs, program mentors, the program’s Board of Trustees and representatives of KIPCO Group companies who are sponsoring the program. These companies are Burgan Bank, KAMCO, United Real Estate, Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company, Gulf Insurance Group, United Networks, Kuwait Hotels Company and the American University of Kuwait. These companies were joined by the platinum sponsors Abyat, Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive Company, and Al-Anba Newspaper and the bronze sponsor, IFA Consulting Services. Al-Bahar expressed his gratitude to all the sponsors for their support. Registration for the Proteges Third Generation is now open for all young people aged between 16 and 24. The program will start in the second week of August and continue for four weeks. The application deadline for The Proteges, Generation 3 is June 20,2013. Applications can be submitted online through www.theproteges.org.

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This article was published on 11/06/2013