Partnerships with Youth

Partnerships with Youth

The USAID-funded Partnerships with Youth (PWY) Program expands educational and leadership opportunities for young people ages 14–29 throughout the West Bank by creating sustainable hubs for youth innovation and learning, called Youth Development Resource Centers (YDRCs). PWY supports YDRCs in each of the 11 governorates in the West Bank to offer otherwise unavailable services and programming for youth to prepare them for a successful transition to adulthood and catalyze economic and civic participation in their communities.

Partnerships with Youth

The USAID-funded Partnerships with Youth (PWY) Program expands educational and leadership opportunities for young people ages 14–29 throughout the West Bank by creating sustainable hubs for youth innovation and learning, called Youth Development Resource Centers (YDRCs). PWY supports YDRCs in each of the 11 governorates in the West Bank to offer otherwise unavailable services and programming for youth to prepare them for a successful transition to adulthood and catalyze economic and civic participation in their communities.

Quick Facts

  • Youth make up nearly one-third of the population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and a majority report a growing sense of hopelessness and lack of control over their lives due to the realities of the political, economic, and security context.
  • PWY helps youth find their voice, take action, and be recognized as leaders in their communities.
  • PWY has reached over 13,500 youth ages 14–29 in the first three years of the project by offering skills training, internships, and community service projects through youth development resource centers in all districts of the West Bank: Ramallah, East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Salfit, Tulkarm, Tubas, Qalqilya, Jenin, Nablus, Hebron, and Jericho.

Goals

  • Build strong and resilient Palestinian youth centers throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem that offer safe spaces for youth to grow and develop into successful and well-rounded adults.
  • Provide youth access to building blocks‐skills, knowledge, and practical experience—that will allow them to find and maintain employment, engage in their communities, and recognize their value and ability to contribute.
  • Create partnerships between youth centers and public- and private-sector entities to expand and sustain innovative programming for youth.
We [youth] are making a difference where we always thought it was not a possibility. We are making a distinctive contribution. Batoul Abu Faraj, Jericho

People

Project Activities

  • Institutional capacity building for youth-serving organizations: IREX provides comprehensive organizational development training, technical assistance, and other support for the YDRCs to build their capacity to offer youth development and engagement programming.
  • Innovative employability, media, ICT, and thematic programming: With support from IREX, the YDRCs offer a variety of training courses and other activities in key topics: employability, media skills, information and communications technology (ICT), and other thematic areas such as languages, sports, and arts and culture.
  • Leadership training for youth: IREX offers a five-day Leadership in Action training course customized for the Palestinian context that trains youth to become active leaders and change agents in their own communities.
  • Youth-led initiatives: IREX funds community initiatives designed and implemented by youth associated with the YDRCs to provide them with practical opportunities to apply their leadership, planning, and program management skills.
  • Internship programs: The PWY internship programs provide unique opportunities for recent graduates to gain practical work experience and increase their communication and leadership skills.
  • Partnership development: IREX works across sectors to create effective and strategic partnerships at the international, national, and local levels to expand the reach and impact of USAID's investment in youth development in the West Bank and contribute to the sustainability of the YDRCs.

Partners

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Contact

E-mail: pwy@irex.org