We are pleased to have Ahmad Haidar-Ahmad on board to help plan and facilitate the 2015 Youth Leadership Conference. In 1995, as a result of a generous gift from Dr. Russell G. Mawby, president emeritus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Mawby Fund for Kids was established as a permanent endowment fund at CMF to promote the involvement of Michigan youth in philanthropy. The priority of the Fund is to support a summer internship at CMF for a college student who is an alumnus of a Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). The Mawby Fund for Kids Summer Internship is a paid internship focused on planning the annual Youth Summer Leadership Conference.
Ahmad Haidar-Ahmad is an Arab-Canadian student studying Public Relations at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Before this internship, Ahmad attended several conferences hosted by CMF, including the International Youth Philanthropy Global Summit in Chicago and the 2013 CMF Youth Leadership Conference. It was these conferences that ignited his built up enthusiasm for philanthropy. Ahmad met selfless and incredible people from the other end of the world who are as passionate about philanthropy as he is.
For four years, he has been an active member of the first ever Arab-American Teen Grantmakers Initiative (TGI) through the Center for Arab-American Philanthropy. Ahmad has a deep passion youth empowerment and believes that in order for the voice of our youth to be heard, they must be first be encouraged to speak their minds. After he graduates, he plans to join the Peace Corps and hopes to apply his skills to benefit others in need abroad. As a career, he hopes to serve at the United Nations in his homeland Beirut, Lebanon and continuing his non-profit work on an international level and making a global impact.
In his free time, Ahmad enjoys honing his leadership skills with the Boy Scouts of Canada as Scout Leader. Ahmad is the eldest of five and a first generation college student. Some of his hobbies include photography, soccer, and fishing.