Meet The 23-Year-Old Bringing Entrepreneurship To High Schoolers In The Middle East.
Aboudi’s adamant that his organization maintain an active network of entrepreneurs long after the students graduate.
As president of Al Tareeq, Aboudi Qattan doesn’t really do things half-ass. In the ninety minutes we spent together in Los Angeles, he ordered his first chlorophyll water, took a selfie at Paul Smith and spoke Spanish with an intern from Mexico City. This, apparently, is normal behavior. “He can talk to anyone,” his friend Feisel tells me, watching Aboudi make our waitress laugh (this time, in French).
Palestinian but raised between Houston and London, Aboudi is in town to talk about his company Al Tareeq, an organization that teaches entrepreneurship courses to teens in Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.
As a business, Al-Tareeq is two-fold: teach private school kids in Amman and Beirut, then take the funds and teach students in the nearby refugee camps. Their first trial was last summer in the Zarqa Camps There, Aboudi, his co-founder Hamza Bilbeisi, and two teachers from Fikra3al Mashi taught their two week course to twenty students.
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