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More than 60% of Iraq's population is under the age of 25. In war-torn cities like Baghdad, Mosul, and Kirkuk, nearly every resident has experienced traumatic life events such as the violent death of a loved one. A large number of young Iraqis have no immediate prospects and are disenfranchised from the country's political, economic and social development. Only 4 in 10 continue their education beyond primary school. Of those who enter the work force, half are unemployed. Iraq's stability depends on reversing these trends, and creating opportunities for the country's youth to become a force for positive change. In short, preparing them for the future is the most cost effective way to support Iraq's peace and development.
Founded in 1998, EPIC is an independent, impartial 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of peace and development in Iraq. EPIC seeks to to empower Iraq's youth to promote peace and positive social change by creating opportunities for learning and self discovery.
Through our three core programs, Education, Youth Empowerment, and Research and Advocacy, we are helping to lay the foundations for a peaceful and prosperous Iraq. EPIC also recognizes the foundational role of education in preparing young Iraqis to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. As a long-term goal, EPIC is working to establish a summer youth institute to serve young people and educators from across the region.