Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba hopes to continue this organization’s purpose as a cross-cultural investment that serves the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba supports a number of initiatives in the Washington, DC area that encourage educational development, environmental awareness, arts and culture, science and technology, and strong communities. He supports the efforts of Girls on the Run, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and the Urban Alliance Foundation.
With a mission to employ youth and inspire excellence, the Urban Alliance Foundation provided an opportunity for two interns to work for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) for the 2009-2010 school year. The next year, two different interns participated in this program, one of whom worked at the ADC while the other participated in an internship at the Latin American Youth Center. The purpose of the ADC is to promote the rich heritage of Middle Eastern culture and protect the rights of Arab-American individuals by advocating policy change and combating negative stereotyping. The Urban Alliance Foundation allows students to contribute to a professional committee through an internship that offers them financial literacy skills, social support, and life skills training. These paid internships give young adults from underserved areas in the Washington, DC community the chance to experience the benefits of finishing high school and enrolling in college. Out of the many young adults in the community, more than 1,100 have gained employment through this program, and these students boast a 99 percent high school graduation rate. Eight out of ten participants in the Urban Alliance program learn important job skills before their first year is over, and almost 90 percent of these interns enroll in college.