USPEaK is a women led organization registered in the Ministry of Interior in 2015. USPEaK emerged to address the needs of the communities it addresses and seeks impact in the services it offers. USPEaK was launched in Baalbeck city and has been working on a national level since 2017. The organization holds international beliefs and safeguarding policies. It empowers citizens through socio-economic and educational programs with approaches that raise awareness on human rights and democracy. USPEaK holds progressive international beliefs that are reflected in the outcome of its programs. A large number of our beneficiaries found new jobs, got promoted, got back to school or became entrepreneurs. Others became activists in human rights and gender equality. USPEaK aims to ensure that all citizens have human security basics and thrives to expand its programs to identify all risks that challenge people in their security.
USPEaK is a Lebanese Organization that raises the level of social engagement and public achievement among youth and women through local initiatives supported by low-cost English courses. USPEaK's mission is to serve better education, raise the level of awareness, promote citizenship, and build democracy foundations and a peaceful country.
USPEaK envisions a democratic community where citizens engage in public achievement and raise the cultural, economic and social level of the country.
What We Do
We have worked with more than 2500 women, 10,000 children and 1000 youth residing in Lebanon in the last five years. Our work has expanded to 54 regions including all governorates. Our intervention included women empowerment, education, youth empowerment, basic literacy and numeracy, human rights, conflict resolution and peace building, human security, campaigning, livelihood and entrepreneurship among others.
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Meet Our Board
Rawan Yaghi- Founder and Board Director
Rawan Yaghi has established USPEaK as a non-profit, non-governmental organization in Baalbeck, Lebanon in 2009 and worked on many projects to build citizenship and democracy among youth through European and American grants. She has a background in English Language and Education and used to teach in high schools till 2016. She believes that education helps her mission as a change agent with youth. She is a co-author of Women Teaching Women English published by University of Oregon and a co-author of International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools. She is an activist in women empowerment through education and socio-economic situation. Rawan is an enthusiastic activist who brings passion to social work. . She is also an alumna of U.S. Embassy exchange programs of Hubert Humphrey Fellowship on Public Policy Analysis from University of Minnesota and International Visitor Leadership Program with TESOL focus. Rawan is interested in enhancing the level of restorative justice, women leadership, human trafficking, democracy and critical thinking besides others for professional development. She has focused on youth as change agents and women in politics.
Nada Toufayli - Treasurer
Nada Toufayli has been a member of USPEaK since 2009 and became treasurer when it became an organization. She has been the Projects Coordinator since 2015. She has a background in English Language and has been a volunteer and a worker in the civil society since 2007. Her early start was with youth, and that was her first step in working in a field that resembles her values and ambitions. She believes in the power of youth for change, and them being a part of decision making. She is a part of the core group of Youth Leadership Academy that was created by USPEaK. This Academy equipped her with the skills and the tools to become a trainer and a facilitator on youth related topics. She is also an alumna of U.S. Embassy exchange programs of International Visitor Leadership Program that focused on volunteering and civic action. Nada has faith in the coming generations and their ability to change. They are the leaders of the future and by providing the space and the tools needed, they can shift their communities from one place to another. Nada believes that social justice and human security are the keys of a better future and youth are the frontliners.
Yasmine Dfouny- Vice President
Yasmine Dfouny has started working with juveniles in prison in 2001. She became in 2002 a public coordinator for an English Academy and a part-time English teacher. She was an educator in a school for nine years where she worked on a lot of environmental, social and academic projects. She joined USPEaK as an English teacher for the Teaching Women Program that is funded by the United States Embassy in Beirut. In 2020, she became a board member. She got empowered as a woman through trainings and workshops. She started empowering women economically and socially. In 2019 she started her own business, cooking and selling vegan food. She insists on empowering women and young girls on different aspects of their life such as their self-worth, financial independence, taking opportunities and decision-making. She is genuine, helpful, enthusiastic and motivated. She plans to expand her own business and she looks forward to more social projects where she can lead to change and make a difference in people's life.
Raida Yaghi- Accountant
Raida Yaghi is a founder member of USPEaK. She has worked as an accountant since it was founded. She has studied Political Sciences in the Lebanese University and has a teaching experience. Raida’s main interest is rural women empowerment through livelihood projects. She has a role in logistics for all projects.
Hanan Halabi- Secretary
Hanan Halabi has been a member in USPEaK since 2016. Her interest in public policies, youth and women empowerment made her a strong board member where she adds new ideas and a real community impact through different projects and initiatives. Hanan is pursuing her PhD in education at the American School of Education at the American University School of Education in Washington DC. She also has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Hanan is fond of youth and women’s empowerment through participation in social life and entrepreneurship.
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