REFORM reflects on the ability of youth to determine their future prospects and sheds light on the impact of the social environment on them

With the participation of a number of  youth activists from the Youth Center for Development and Innovation in Nablus, The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development-REFORM carried out a “Who’s Behind Me” game to discuss the stereotypical images the society develops towards certain occupations in the crafts, services, industrial, and technical fields. Moreover, through this activity, REFORM worked to develop a broader understanding of the reasons behind choosing a certain specialization or occupation and how the social environment plays a role in determining future paths of youth.

Through this activity, the relationship between the employment market and youth is analyzed; to enable youth of choosing the right career paths that will contribute to developing an environment that truly represents them and responds to their needs.

Participant Noor Sadiq expressed enthusiasm towards the activity, adding: “this is my first time participating in this form of activities and I hope it is not my last. The way the images were displayed and discussed was brilliant and helped empower us with new ways of analyzing different social phenomena”.

This Activity is part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform which seeks to contribute to bridging the gaps between the various community components on both social and economic levels; providing a safe and interactive platform to enable all members of different groups of society to participate in decision making processes, especially youth and women; and to improve their living conditions by developing untraditional production patterns, enhancing cooperation and partnership between targets groups, and increasing social responsibility of the private sector.

This work has been achieved with Facilitating Social Participation of Palestinian Refugees – GIZ implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).