AJCC: The Youth Parliament

AJCC: The Youth Parliament

The Youth Parliament program addresses the dearth of communication and cooperation between Arab and Jewish adolescents in Jaffa, and in Israel as a whole. This project also addresses the lack of initiatives in Jaffa that enable youth with leadership skills to make positive community change. 



The Youth Parliament program brings together thirty outstanding Arab and Jewish high school students weekly to learn conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue skills, and democratic processes. Knesset members, local government figures, religious leaders, public policy academics, and civil rights activists give students educational and inspiring lectures on initiatives to create a more cohesive, multicultural Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Youth Parliament participants actively practice the skills they acquire by conceptualizing and implementing tangible community projects throughout the year.  Recent projects include renovating the homes of underserved senior citizens in Jaffa, and planning (in conjunction with the Citizens Accord Forum and with funding from USAID) the wildly successful cultural festival, “I am Arab,” at the AJCC.

Through cooperation and dialogue, participating Arab and Jewish teenagers develop strong friendships with one another and learn to appreciate each other’s cultures. 

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The Arab-Jewish Community Center (AJCC)
The mission of the AJCC is two-part in nature. First, the AJCC increases cooperation and positive relations between its 3,000 Arab and Jewish members through diverse tolerance programming. Second, the AJCC enriches the Tel Aviv-Jaffa community and underprivileged populations with religious and cultural events; and arts, sports, technology, and language courses tailored to the needs of the community. Together, these two mission components fulfill an overarching goal at the AJCC: To create a cohes ...