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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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