Providing a safe, supportive environment and cultivating hope for the future.
Upon entering adulthood, Palestinians encounter limited economic opportunity, curtailed freedom of movement, and the persistent stress of poverty. At House of Hope, our nonviolent civil society leadership programs for young adults provide a safe, supportive environment for coping with this reality and cultivating hope for the future.
Designed for high school and university students, our leadership programs help young people to take responsibility for improving the society they live in through community organizing around issues that affect them directly. Through our formal programming, as well as our informal mentorship, we accompany young people as they discover the value of their own agency and voice that have too often been silenced or denied.
While many wrongly view youth and young adults in Palestine as a threat of violence, we see untapped potential and a bright future. We recognize their inherent value as leaders whose capacity to positively shape the communities around them is nurtured by genuine mentorship that values them and sees them. As our young adults are mentored, they become mentors to our students, building a community of shared respect and trust.
Participants graduate from House of Hope programs able to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and professional goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out.