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Young Palestinian leaders

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During the horrors of conflict, Palestinian adolescents and young adults take refuge in the office of the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA). Here they learn to channel their frustrations, fears and anger through communication.

PYALARA empowers young people with leadership building, media skills and counselling. They are trained as peer counsellors, helping youths scarred by violence to cope with their fears and nurture their hopes. They learn to design and produce television episodes for children.

PYALARA also supports student journalists who publish The Youth Times, the first and only youth paper in the region. Begun in 1998, the 16-page monthly newspaper, with a circulation of 7,000, is written in English and Arabic. The students, with training and guidance from staff and volunteers, craft the periodical from story ideas through final production. With a newly designed website, the paper is now available throughout the world.

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