The Young Achievement Project, implemented by PalVision in partnership with UNICEF and funded by the Government of the Netherlands, gives youth the opportunity to express themselves, and develop their capabilities and skills. This takes place by facilitating youth training sessions focusing on creative thinking, developing effective initiatives to serve their communities, and enabling them to pass on their training to groups of students aged 13-16 years.
Youth groups were formed in cooperation with 21 grassroots partner organizations, targeting 400 13-16 year old. Work with the groups takes place in 21 locations in the Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Tulkarem, Qalqiliya and Jordan Valley governorates.
The project primarily seeks to develop the skills of the youth, in order to enable them to play an active role in society, to implement initiatives that meet the needs of their communities, and to familiarize them with concepts of citizenship, democracy, and civil society. In addition, the project promotes group and voluntary work, enhances motivation to lead change on core issues impacting youth, and reflects the needs and aspirations of youth towards a democratic society.
During the project cycle, 26 1st and 2nd year university students participated in a “Training of Trainers,” to enable them to conduct training sessions on life skills to each group of adolescents. Additionally, the adolescents implemented 4 recreational activities, in Tarqumia, Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Mount of Olives and Tulkarem Refugee Camp, in celebration of the United Nations International Youth Day 2014, dedicated to “Youth and Mental Health.” The most prominent result of the project was the production of 21 initiatives by the youth participants. These initiatives were designed to serve their communities, focusing on entrepreneurship, health, environment, tourism, antiquities and education.