After years of applying the popular achievement program in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a model of youth civic engagement, civic practices carried out by youth, reveal high commitment to their community issues and desire to make their lives better.
The community-based initiatives led by young people are typical work that citizens do to serve their community, for the small achievements made by youth accumulate and expand through the years and can lead to an important change in their life. Therefore the idea adopted by the program which considers the youth citizens of today and is talented and having the ability to act becomes a matter of fact. Thus we have to recognize this effort and provide facilities that push youth for their important
Their vanguard role in supporting and serving their community.
The principles and values of a civil action become stable and transformative approach to learn and practice the rights and duties within a creative collective and cooperative framework. Accordingly committing to the principles and values as a choice of individuals and groups of different backgrounds becomes obvious in their daily actions to make a society in which they enjoy civil rights. Democracy here means intentional and appreciation for individual and recognition of everybody s right of decent living, which will only be achieved in a society of justice and freedom.
PA Vision and Objectives:
The Popular Achievement Program has been applied in the West Bank in 2002 and Gaza Strip in 2004, after learning of the successes of the program and its appliance indifferent communities in the world.
The program targeting youth between 14-17 year, aims at consolidating and sustaining the values of youth civic engagement and empowerment of youth to invent/generate creative spaces for democratic participation in order to achieve positive social transformation and sustainable development, through the following objectives:
1. Stimulate democratic participation of youth and enhancing youth role as an organized, active and exerciser of its civil rights.
2. Support civil initiatives for youth and enabling them to develop creative strategies to accomplish their community actions and make their voices heard.
PA Action Learning:
Learning in PA gains a deeper sense when it becomes an ongoing process in the program design, to facilitate youth engagement. Work designed to explore the latent energies and stimulate consciousness among youth to express their views, and get out their inners in positive way:
Youth develop new knowledge, experience and learn on the sense of the relations around them to better understand how to reformulate new strategies to rely on that, they have to learn about community tools and resources that stimulate their creativity in an environment of respect and acceptance and recognition of all individuals.
Building Capacities of Coaches:
Its again continuous learning going in parallel to the program implementation, coaches should be empowered and acquainted to best practices, possessing tools, resources and expose them to real experience that would develop their creativity and critical thinking.
Community Issue Development:
searching, assessing and exploring community that makes the work of youth a visible. Therefore, the learning process here gets beyond the theoretical and philosophical framework to actual practice, where the direct responsibility of youth is to describe the civil issues that affect them, and re-formulate their ideas about the appropriate interventional methods that might produce positive change to improve the lives of youth.
Designing Community Intervention Project:
Youth learn and practice basic skills. Those skills include planning, organizing, sharing responsibilities and decision-making. It is important at this stage to power mapping to identify local sources and pushing the community efforts to support the work of youth, this increases the sustainability of the youth work in a creative cooperative framework.
Applying the interventions in order to reach the goals and achieve the results and the final outputs. In this stage the community has to recognize young people work and see their efforts on real.
Change sought by youth can be achieved only through creative work. Learning takes a deeper grants as youth learn by doing, when young people have to deal with real and visible outcomes, it’s a transformative learning to best practices of doing civic work