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Leaders is a Palestinian non governmental organization that started its activities in 2002 by a group of Birzeit University students. In 2004, the organization was formally registered with the Palestinian National Authority. At the time, it was established to allow youths to participate in serving their society. Since then, Leaders has established a reputation for working with, serving, and empowering youths in Palestine to become true leaders in their communities. It has continuously provided young Palestinians with the chance to express their views and act for a peaceful and democratic society both in Palestine and abroad.
Leaders has actively contributed to many activities in Palestine. Initially its volunteers worked on building the capacity of the students’ movement through training and workshops. Leaders’ workshops were oriented towards the development of Palestinian democracy focusing on participation, elections and the role of youths. Leaders has adopted the mission of empowering Palestinian youths to actively contribute to the development of their society on a foundation of democracy and equality in political, social, economic and cultural domains.
Leaders has a vision of a secular Palestinian society respectful of civil and political liberties, moving towards peace, equality, participation and democracy with youths playing a leadership role in political, social, economic and cultural spheres.
Leaders Organization is involved in a number of activities that serve the youth sector, examples of the activities and projects Leaders is evolved in include: Enhancing the role of youth in Palestinian Organizations, developing the role of youth in Elections and electoral law, Strategic planning for Birzeit University political parties, needs assessment research study for the youth sector in Palestine, establishing Al-Minbar Al-Tullabi that is a new student movement at Birzeit University that ran in the elections of the students council in 2006 and won two seats. Additionally Leaders Organization is involved in a number of ongoing activities that serve the Palestinian society such as olive picking, streets cleaning and networking between the unemployed fresh graduates and private sector institutions.
Leaders is also involved in a number of ongoing training programs for the youth in Palestine, examples of training courses that Leaders conducts include leadership skills, communication skills, negotiation skills and other topics as well. Moreover, through the needs assessment that Leaders Organization conducts on a regular basis, we manage to design and deliver training courses based on the needs of the young people.
Leaders is also involved in conflict resolution and peace building projects. Leaders adopts the strategy of involving the Palestinian youth in such activities through a number of ongoing activities, seminars, workshops and awareness campaigns.