The Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) program is an initiative to train and educate 25 bereaved Israelis and Palestinians ages 18-27 to become the next generation of peace leaders.
Today’s young adults in Israel and Palestine don’t have memories of a time before the violence. Bereaved youth have paid the highest price, and have grown up in the midst of violence, grief, and loss. They were born during either the first or second Intifada. They grew up being taught to hate the other side. And at some point during all of that, someone they loved was taken from them.
They are the future of the Parents Circle and the future of the peace movement in Israel and Palestine.
In the past year, the PCFF has been working with a cadre of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian young adults who have either been through our youth programs consistently, or exposed to PCFF messages and activities through their parents’ membership in the organization. These young adults are ready to take on more leadership roles as counselors, youth leaders and dialogue meeting facilitators, to give back to the next group of youth and to serve as ambassadors and role models in their communities. In order to take their leadership to this next level, they require training and capacity building.
In the video below, bereaved brothers, Yigal Elhanan and Arab Aramin, graduates of the PCFF’s Youth Summer Program, speak publicly about their loss and their choice of reconciliation. These two are prime examples of the young adults who would receive training.