“Palestinian Marginalized Adolescents as Leaders of Socioeconomic Change in their communities: Tahfeez” project implemented by PalVision in partnership with UNICEF and funded by the Government of the Netherlands. The project targeted 2,100 Palestinian youth aged between 14-16 years old divided into 75 groups formed in cooperation with 15 grassroots partner organizations and 40 schools.
The project is based on the concept of entrepreneurship and career counselling within the school arena would help Palestinian adolescents from early ages to learn how to look for solutions, make decisions and look for innovative methods to contribute to sustainable social, economic and community development. The project seeks to empower adolescent boys and girls to take an active role in advancing sustainable socioeconomic development in their communities through innovative entrepreneurial and creative approaches.
This will take place through the implementation of holistic intervention program that’s two folded. The first fold fosters the establishment of 15 adolescent groups, who will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to plan, develop, and implement entrepreneurial initiatives. The second fold will foster the establishment of 60 adolescent groups, who will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to choose their career paths, identify community issues and/or problems, choose the problem/issue to be addressed, and design, develop, and implement community-based initiatives that address the chosen problem/issue.
The project is a comprehensive early intervention designed to provide Palestinian adolescents with knowledge, skills, and tools to embark on their career planning process and preparedness for labour market, thereby improving their socioeconomic status on the long run. Due to the marginalization of Palestinian adolescents and youth from the decision-making processes, the project offers the targeted adolescents with the tools and space to engage with Palestinian decision-makers, private sector representatives and community leaders to address identified issues and problems and share their vision in solving these issues, thereby taking a proactive role in advancing sustainable social, economic, and community development.