Al Yamama Tarawneh barely had time for a 20-minute phone interview. She was busy with homework, family time, and her newfound role of community organizing. Tarawneh and five fellow high school students are arranging for local college students to teach their neighbors Arabic at a local community center.

“We wanted to leave an imprint on our own community,” says Tarawneh, a 10th-grade student at Al Hussainiyah secondary school in Karak, Jordan. She and her classmates conducted a broad survey...

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