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Youth for Tomorrow


Partner: Mercy Corps international funded by the general affairs of Canada and BEAM (Local Partner)

Duration:

3 years duration, starting from February 2017 till October 2019

Target Areas:

Vulnerable and marginalized communities in the city of Saida and its suburbs.

Target Audience and number of beneficiaries:

Youth in the age group between 12 to 19 years old who are living in poverty squares, youth Who dropped out from schools and the students in public schools in the same age group.

Overall Objective:

Ensure the well-being of youth in a safe space through psychosocial support, capacity building for the youth and elevating CBOs and protection services. The program is targeting 19,800 vulnerable over 10 cycles; the center targets each cycle 2125 young males and females between the ages of 12 and 19 till October 2019 to train them on life and soft vocational skills. Along with other activities, the center helps the youth change their mindset of thinking from being a victim to taking responsibility in the community they are living in. The program includes components that support this process, including community events, advocacy campaigns, awareness sessions, livelihood opportunities, psychosocial support, CBOs support, and a community based protection network. The youth are from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. The soft vocational skills are chosen based on the needs of the youth in the communities targeted.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Adolescents and youth have improved psychosocial wellbeing.
  2. Adolescents and youth have skills to pursue productive futures
  3. Diverse groups build inter-community relationships by working together by promoting protection and interests of Adolescents and youth
  4. Civil society has increased capacity to serve the needs of youth.

Activities:

  • Intensive courses (Barber, Hairdressing, Makeup, English, Computer, Photography, Knitting, Mobile repair, Cooking)
  • Drop in activities to deliver key messages about child protection and different social values
  • Awareness sessions and campaigns
  • Community and Advocacy events
  • Info sessions to raise awareness on Labor market’s needs
  • Life skills workshops and classes
  • Entrepreneurship classes

Achievements:

  • Over 40 community and advocacy initiated and implemented by the youth done
  • 1080 youth graduated from the intensive courses
  • 1500 youth benefited from the psycho-social activities in the center
  • Over 700 mothers & fathers have their awareness raised on essential topics that impact their children behaviors and life
  • 2050 female and male youth participants have their awareness raised on bullying, personal hygiene, private space, non violent communication, etc…
  • Youth benefited from the social clubs (Music, painting, chess, etc..)
  • Over 500 hundred attended life skills workshops

Quote:

  1. Hiba Jaber, project coordinator at Bussma from Mercy corps, 26 years old:

    "Bussma is a great chance to each and every person and it’s my second house."

  2. Slayman Fawaz, Assistant center coordinator from DPNA at Bussma, 28 years old:

    "Attunement is a necessity and a positive life style."

  3. Abdallah Hazzouri, Coach from DPNA at Bussma, 25 years old:

    "Bussma can’t be described in one sentence, it’s another life."

  4. Batoul Al Homsi, female Participant female at Bussma, 14 years old, Syrian, living in Saida:

    "I found love and care, “I love the center and the people I’m dealing with and I feel comfortable here and nobody will bully me, I feel safe."

  5. Mohamad and Mayar Hammade, male participants, 17 & 15 years old, Palestinians Syrians, they came from Al Yarmouk camp in Syria living in Saida:

    "Bussma has changed our life, we feel hopeful and more mature."

  6. Alaa Al Nimer, female participant at Bussma, she’s 19 years old, Palestinian, living in Saida:

    "Bussma got me back to life."




South Lebanon; Siada governorate.