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IPCRI's "Young Leaders - Partners for Change" project involved Jewish and Arab/Palestinian teenagers from mixed areas in Israel in a process of developing joint community initiatives that promote shared citizenship.
What was "Young Leaders - Partners for Change"?
This USAID-funded project worked in mixed Jewish and Arab/Palestinian cities and areas in Israel. These are mixed but segregated cities and areas that face many challenges for the Jewish majority and the Arab/Palestinian minority. By bringing together young people from both communities, this project created a partnership for change led by youth. The participants were involved in a process in which they reflected on their identity and the situation within their city, learned to understand the experiences and circumstances of "the other," and engaged in hands-on community development work that improved the communities in which they lived.
This project hoped to achieve mutual recognition and joint social action that promoted a sense of shared citizenship, justice, and equality. By approaching the improvement of the city as a shared project, a shared responsibility, the participating youth could counter the trends of segregation and alienation.
Where we stand now
The project ended in December 2013 and had over 300 teenager participants. The community projects included a song competition in Jaffa and a joint community center in Ramle-Lod. On December 30th, IPCRI, USAID and Bull Productions premiered a documentary filming the transformation of the participants. For more information about this project please visit its facebook page.