What We Do
Peace it Together empowers youth to work in equitable partnerships as media makers and cultural, social and political change agents. In our program youth have frank and informed discussions on the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and co-create provocative and shareable short films that explore the complexities of the conflict and the pursuit of peace. Youth use their films to host courageous conversations about the conflict in their own communities, inspiring others to take action and build peace.
Throughout this process, youth deepen their critical awareness about the systems that perpetuate the conflict. We support youth to take action towards changing these systems in the long term, and inspire others to do the same. Peace it Together helps equip the next generation of young peace builders in their pursuit of a just, secure, and sustainable peace.
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With each program up to 10 Israeli, 10 Palestinian, and 10 Canadian youth leaders develop the capacity to become innovative and intrepid peace builders. The 12 month program begins when youth in the three respective regions meet and begin the process of exploring their own experiences, views of the conflict, and intentions for the program. All three delegations then gather for a 3-week summer intensive on Canada’s West Coast. During this time youth form authentic connections and learn how to work in fair and inclusive ways together, developing a deeper understanding of each other and their needs.
3-Week Dialogue and
Led by professional facilitators, participants:
- have frank and informed discussions of the realities of the conflict
- explore key concepts like narrative, cultural identity, history and human rights
- watch, analyze and discuss films about the conflict.
Throughout the program youth deepen their understanding of the institutions and systems that perpetuate the conflict, while also developing their leadership skills and knowledge of peace building theories, social, political, and cultural change.
Youth then practice working in equitable partnerships as they:
- negotiate the filmmaking process in small groups (each group containing Israeli, Palestinian and Canadian youth)
- develop, shoot and edit short films that explore unsettling questions about the charged and complex realities of conflict and peace building.
- The films offer nuanced portrayals of the conflict, contrasting the stereotypical and inflammatory narratives dominating the mainstream.
When they return home, youth design and facilitate creative workshops for wider audiences in their communities throughout Israel, Palestine and Canada.
In these workshops youth:
- use discussions about their films as an accessible way to facilitate deeper discussions about challenging and often uncomfortable topics about the conflict
- encourage workshop participants to examine their own assumptions and consider what actions they might take to transform the conflict and build peace.
Throughout this process, youth leaders:
- learn how to become resilient peace builders; inevitably they do this work in the midst of violent outbreaks and breakdowns in diplomatic relations.
- continue to work to strengthen relationships with their peers in other delegations in order to hone their strategies for inspiring others to take action.
- explore their own interests, passions and initiatives to transform the conflict in other ways, helping solidify their commitment to peace building over the long term.