UNICEF-OPT has worked with PYALRA since 1999. A youth-oriented and youth-run NGO, it was initiated in 1999 as part of an effort to provide a sense of purpose and hope for young Palestinians. The 300 active members and participants of PYALARA range in age from children to people in their mid-20s. A youth newspaper (called the Youth Times, which has a circulation of 10,000), seminars and training sessions, and a peer counseling service are designed to help create a "lively Palestinian youth culture" that reflects awareness of and confidence in one's roots and a commitment to developing one's community. In addition, the programme is designed to foster young members' capacity to take on leadership roles by building specific media and language skills and by promoting openness toward intercultural dialogue.
Ministry of Youth and Sports
The ministry contributes towards increasing the opportunities available for their development, participation and recreation after and out of school. UNICEF has has a working relationship with the ministry since 2001.