As an answer to youth movements in the wider region, several local organizations were established, but they lacked stable and sustainable frameworks and infrastructures and eventually had to close. As a direct answer to this vacuum, a group of seven local activists came together to discuss solutions that would provide a sustainable and viable platform to youth groups that want to contribute towards the development of the local community and the strengthening of an inclusive, open and diverse society in the region. After mapping strengths and opportunities, Sanad Youth Association was established in 2012 and officially registered as a non profit organization in 2014.
Since Sanad started its work in 2012 we have achieved the following:
Today Sanad is a viable organization
- Sanad has trained a total of 100 university students and 250 children in 2 local communities (Jatt and Baka), implementing 24 community projects.
- Sanad launched its Learning Center Program that provides a meaningful learning opportunities for the local organizations and the community.
- Trained 20 local activists in resource development.
- Trained 15 local activists in project management.
provided CBPR training for 15 local activists.
Community-Based Participatory Well-Being Study, launched in 2018 in the Triangle Region.
Through different community outreach events, including a Charity Days, a lecture on Nutrition and Health, a study day on Social-Entrepreneurship, a conference for Academics, and a series of meditation sessions, we reached at least 2,400 people.
Sanad’s vision is to live in an inclusive, open and diverse society that invests in its younger generations, where Palestinian citizens in Israel are empowered by and proud of their identity and enjoy their rights, and where Palestinian youth is able to participate in the political, social and cultural development of society, thus contributing to and benefiting from the development of a just and inclusive society, while enjoying well-being (meaning those aspects that are crucial to meet human needs, as well as the ability to pursue one’s goal, to thrive and to feel satisfied with one’s life).
- To improve the well-being* of youth
- Empower local communities. It is important to build networks, promote partnerships and get united (while respecting and valuing difference as an enriching factor).
*We use the OECD definition of well-being with its 11 indicators.
- Promoting human capital by encouraging lifelong learning, the pursuit of quality education as well as meaningful employment among youth.
- Promoting social capital through strengthening social cohesion, trust, collaborations and partnerships within community and organizations, strengthening local organizations through capacity building and encouraging proper institutional management and functioning, as well as promoting social responsibility, civic and political participation of Palestinian youth.
- Promoting social, cultural, economic and political youth initiatives through providing an infrastructure, organizational framework, support, consultation and through improving the local public space to be a factor in social, cultural and economic prosperity.
Definition of Youth:
- We use the definition of youth as set by the EU as of March 2016: people between 15-29 years old.
- We bring a youth perspective on all issues.
- Youth needs to be part of the organization and decision-making bodies.
- While direct beneficiaries are youth, indirect beneficiaries include the entire community.
Youth participation is a key factor for the political and social development of society.
Young people will be the leaders, actors and decision-makers in the future. Investing in youth means a commitment not only to their improved well-being and livelihood, but also to strengthening the fabric of their communities, and the economic, social, political and cultural development of future generations. The empowerment of young people depends on and reinforces the empowerment of society at large.
Too often the energy, enthusiasm, and positive potential of young people are overlooked as community resources.
Risk of Poverty and Other Challenges:
In recent years, the risk of poverty has shifted from the elderly to the young. Young people (aged 18-25) have suffered from the most severe declines in levels of income. Youth are now experiencing immense risk of income poverty (OECD, June 2014, Income Inequality Update). This is of great significance if we take into consideration that the Arab population in the region is very young, around 40% aged under 14 years.
Discrimination and structural challenges, difficulties in building a family and a home, unemployment, patriarchal social norms, and a lack of safe cultural and social spaces result in high levels of frustration and despair, low self-esteem, and feelings of disempowerment. This creates a situation of high risk for youth, leading to an increase in violence and at-risk behaviors, especially for young men.
In order to build a strong community, which is empowered by and proud of its identity, hopeful of the future, and enjoys its rights, young people need the tools and life skills to improve their personal and communal life, strengthen their role as active citizens, and expand their understanding of how they, individually and as a collective, can contribute to and benefit from the development of a just and inclusive society. Sanad addresses these challenges through community outreach, mentorship and training.
Partners (previous and current):
BSST – British Shalom Salam Trust
SVF – Social Venture Fund
Temple University, College of Public Health,School of Social Work, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Global Peace Revolution Foundation
Sanad Alumni's Network
Jatt local municipality
Baqa local municipality
Alqasemi College for Science and Engineering
Spatial planning committee of Wadi Ara
Raq-Academics movement of Qalansawah
Wifaq-Academics movement of Kufor Kasem
Academic and youth of Zemer
Academics movement of Kufor Karea
Academics movement of Um-Alfahem
Academics movement of Kufor Bara