Shams Community started as a youth initiative called Irbid Youth Volunteers (IYV) in 2011. The original project consisted of youth-led teams which identified social problems and developed community-based solutions. From 2014-2015, IVY rebranded as Shams Community and expanded its operations beyond Irbid city. In 2016, Shams officially moved to Amman and opened a new location to facilitate its new programming, including dialogue sessions, workshops, and trainings. Since its founding, Shams has developed into a social enterprise that has received national and international awards, including the King Abdullah Award for Youth Achievement and Innovation, Badir Award for Young Jordanian Social Entrepreneurs, the Princess Basma Award for Development Work and Community Service, and the Synergos Arab World Social innovators Program.
To connect, inspire, and empower individuals to create positive change in their lives and their communities.
Our weekly events seek to connect individuals by sharing both a home-cooked meal and dialogue on a chosen topic. Past events have explored a myriad of themes from social media, entrepreneurship and environment to identity, stereotypes, and success and failure. We host anywhere from 30 to 60 people at any one time.
We inspire by planning outdoor retreats on a variety of trips to places such as Wadi Rum, Ajloun and little Petra By introducing dialogue in different environment, we offer a unique exposure to our changemakers and thought-leaders.
We empower people by giving them tools, trainings and workshops, to help translate their thoughts into action These tools focus in on peer learning, ‘learning by doing,’ and personal growth and development.