Reflections from a counselor: Hasan Tbaileh

Reflections from a counselor: Hasan Tbaileh

"Finally, Day 1, August 13th, arrived. I honestly can't remember a day before where I had to wake up at 6AM and wasn't cursing. But I couldn't sleep! And how could I? All I could think of is what's going to happen?  Am I going be good enough?"

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Introducing our Graduating Class of 2017!

Introducing our Graduating Class of 2017!

In August, we hosted 32 inspiring young humans for our first ever LEAD Palestine summer leadership camp. Between the ages 10-15 and hailing from New Askar refugee camp in Nablus, Palestine, these are the beautiful faces and personalities of our LEADers. 

Congratulations to the first LEAD Palestine graduating class: Class of Summer 2017!

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Meet Our Incredible Counselors

Meet Our Incredible Counselors

At the beginning of August, we trained 6 brilliant counselors from Nablus City to implement our first LEAD summer camp. These people are AMAZING. We feel incredibly honored to work with a group of such incredible, brilliant, compassionate, and inspired friends to make this summer camp and continual mentorship program happen. These six young adults and the LEADers they will be mentoring are the future of Palestine.

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The Heroes of New Askar

The Heroes of New Askar

Not long after beginning to spend time in New Askar I discovered that the camp already has a group of heroes.

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New York (Askar) I Love You

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New York (Askar) I Love You

I visited New York for the first time this past April. I had recently graduated from Santa Clara University and I found myself terrified of the future. Seemingly endless possibilities, in combination with the breadth of free time afforded by finishing my degree an academic quarter early, left me paralyzed with indecision. So I decided to extend a trip to New Jersey for a wedding into a New York excursion—in part to escape reality for a little longer. Little did I know that this “escape” in New York would provide me with a positive path forward.

 

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Jannah Khalaf's Reflections

Jannah Khalaf's Reflections

Recently, I visited Palestine with my parents to go see my Great- Grandmother. While we were there, my older brother was there with his friends and partners working on Lead Palestine. One day, they invited us to go to the refugee camp of New Askar. Before I went, I honestly expected it to be a sad and even maybe a depressing place, without hope. But, my thoughts automatically changed and were proved wrong as soon as I stepped foot out of the van. All the kids there who were probably around my age had kind and welcoming smiles, like rays of sunshine. It was so contrary to my thoughts, yet in the best way possible. I was elated and being there made me realize, that no matter what situation you are in, you can always find the bright side to it. I hope someday I can go back to the refugee camp of New Askar and renew the inspiration I had that day.

-11 year old Jannah Khalaf

The Privilege of Service

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The Privilege of Service

To my family, friends, supporters and friendly strangers;

Nearly two years ago I was standing outside of K-Mart on Astor Place in New York City. I was talking to my mother on the phone about how I could bring together my passion of service to others and skills of leadership development. After that conversation, I thought I had it all figured out. I made the plan to develop the Palestine Youth Leadership Initiative. With the initiative, I had intended to move to the Gaza Strip for two years and develop student councils up and down the Strip. Bureaucratic limitations soon dawned on me and I was taught the importance of seeking market feedback and being flexible with your plan. Two years, tears, multiple failed fundraising pitches, prayers, and countless meetings,  LEAD Palestine has grown into the program that it is today-- a week long summer leadership camp in New Askar refugee camp in the occupied West Bank for at-risk youth aged between 12 and 15 years-old.

 

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Welcome Ashraf Hammad to our team!

We are excited to bring on board our friend Ashraf Hammad as Chief Impact Officer here at LEAD! Ashraf will be traveling with our team this summer, conducting interviews and surveys in order to measure the impact of our first leadership camp and mentorship program. This analysis will help us at LEAD to assess our progress and make improvements, all to ensure that we are working towards positive, needed, and empowering impact. 

Welcome Ash! Thank you for choosing to serve with us.

RJ and Ashraf, July 2017

RJ and Ashraf, July 2017

Video: Our Mission

Video directed by John Peterson (@johnnyleflare). Shot in Ramallah, Beit Jalah, Bethlehem, and the Askar refugee camp in Nablus, Palestine.

LEAD Palestine is a organization that aims to inspire, motivate and empower the next generation of Palestine’s youth.

August 2016: Photo Gallery

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August 2016: Photo Gallery

In August of 2016 we made a trip around the West Bank to meet with community leaders, UN school staff, teachers, and, most importantly, kids living in many communities around Palestine. We gathered many ideas and have begun to plan, but our work is just beginning. Below is a photo slide show from the trip. We are excited for you to join us on this journey!  

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