TEENS. FOR PEACE.
Teens For Peace in the Middle East was built on a vision for a platform where teens can interact to across borders to help mediate conflict.
War and conflict cause humans to have a set mindset by the time they enter adulthood, specifically in hatred toward others and the unknown. Our project works to interview Israeli and Palestinian teens about their experiences with the conflict, and how it has impacted their past as well as how it will impact their future--giving teens from around the world the opportunity to learn about the conflict from the perspective of someone their age. Through partnerships, professional research, events, panels, and our podcast, Teens for Peace strives to create a more peaceful future by cultivating meaningful change. We are a network of politically involved students crossing borders and on several continents, working to fix our world through understanding and empathy.
The Teens for Peace Podcast seeks to explore potential improvements to peacebuilding in youth by analyzing the results of our 30+ interview series of Israeli and Palestinian teens over several years. Each episode discusses a specific question posed in all interviews, drawing patterns and conclusions from the various, often emotional and provoking, responses. Episode 1 about Introduction to the Conflict and Episode 2 about School and Curriculum are out, and Episode 3 is coming soon!
Teens for Peace in the Middle East is transforming. Over the next months, we'll be gathering focus groups of various ages of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers and using gathered information to prepare a research report. Through various channels and by partnering with peacebuilding organizations in the region, TPME is committed to creating tangible and factual information about peacebuilding in youth. We're also expanding our reach to more teens, and increasing our plurality. Read more about our efforts below.
WHO WE ARE
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has caused suffering, tension, and violence for millions over the span of 9 decades. Peace seems far off, and our goal is to understand why the situation has grown so hostile and how we can play a part in fixing the world through connecting teens from Israel/Palestine to teens around the world. Through debate, asking, answering, interviews, research, education, and social media, we look to understand the past and present of the issue, and work towards a brighter future. The ultimate goal of our organization is to create a teenage generation passionate about creating solutions for peace based around the truths of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
WHAT DO WE DO?
How do we reach and educate passionate teens?
WE TELL STORIES.
Below, you can find quotes of some of our most powerful stories, taken from a variety of interviewees from diverse backgrounds. While quotes can't do an entire story justice (head over to our interviews page for that), we can learn quite a bit from a teen in just a few words. These stories are why we do what we do, and have inspired us to work towards a more peaceful and just world among young people in the Middle East.
“We hear the siren starting, and then literally 5 seconds later, we just hear the loudest sounds of our lives. We hear the glass of the window shatter...we look outside and everything is just on fire. There’s a massive hole in the ground...everyone’s screaming and shouting. There’s a little metal ball, my mom still has it, from the rocket, that landed on her bed.”
Liran - Israeli (18)
The passion for this project derives from a place of emotional connection to the land, to Judaism, and to a love for peace. Teens for Peace was built by a Jewish teenager from the USA who saw the furious hatred from both sides and wanted to do something about it.
IF YOU'RE BRAND NEW
You're exactly the person we're looking for! Our goal is to spread awareness and to do that, we must start from the very basics. Explore our blog, educational materials, and timeline on this website, and if you're an Israeli or Palestinian teenager interested in being interviewed, email email@example.com.
We want to create a well-informed teenage generation aware of the life-changing conflict in the Middle East. We don't want to overwhelm you, so the video below is a great place to start, as well as the blog. It'll give a quick history of the issue, and if you decide you want a more in-depth look, head over to the education page here. If you have not yet taken our survey and are not from Israel or Palestine, please head there first (this is so we can provide a more directed and effective education on the topic.)