ULYPUrban League Young Professionals
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We are working with 300 students in grades 11 and 12 to improve their English communication skills and help them better prepare for the university," said Malek Al Nimer, founder of ULYP.
In addition to her work with ULYP she is the founder and president of the Lebanese chapter of the IWF.
ULYP now operates a wide range of programs serving the Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians, and Iraqis, both in refugee camps and at its 24,000 square meter campus in Debbieh, which includes facilities for music, art, sports, and IT.
She emphasized that the ULYP's initiatives were designed to bridge the deep divisions in Lebanese society.
They are then matched with donors for scholarships and financial aid secured by ULYP.
ULYP continues its support after graduation, helping students pursue further education and employment in Lebanon and abroad.
"Without ULYP I wouldn't have entered university -- I had no ability to pay for the tuition," he said.
"ULYP currently has 162 students at AUB on some form of financial aid and we help approximately between 40 to 60 students per intake at AUB," he told The Daily Star.
The first starts in 10th grade, where the top achievers join the ULYP. They then go through an interview to join the BRIDGE program, which helps them to prepare for the SAT and receive university mentoring.
"ULYP envisions contributing to building a future in which everyone has an opportunity to reach their potential, has access to quality education and to become an active agent of change, locally and otherwise," Van den Berg told The Daily Star.
ULYP is only one of a number of scholarships available to study at universities open to Palestinians in Lebanon.
In addition to UNRWA and ULYP, many organizations grant students financial aid to pursue their degrees.