Youth Activism Project Past Activities

Youth Activism Project (May 2009 – July 2011)

Youth Activism Project (YAP) was Youth Power’s main enterprise, under which all our past activities fall. The activities within the framework of YAP aimed to encourage and inspire the young people of Cyprus to actively participate in the efforts for a peaceful and sustainable resolution to the island’s main challenge, its division, and to become active, concerned citizens in the process. Over a period of two years, the Youth Activism Project continued implementing a well-orchestrated set of activities to actively engage youth in peace building. By developing and strengthening the necessary substructures, YAP reached out to youth as well as to youth leaders and teachers. Its activities incorporated research on youth opinions and attitudes, media outreach and communication tools, summer camps and festivals for different age groups. Other activities included exchange visits, workshops to promote activism, debates, the formation of a youth parliament, as well as comprehensive training programmes. Strategic communication and outreach belonged to the project’s most important activities, which also included the development of an island-wide action plan on the role of youth in peace building.

Youth Activism Project was funded by the UNDP Action for Cooperation and Trust (ACT)

United Cyprus 20/20 Youth Conference 20.11.2011

20 November 2011, Home for Cooperation, Buffer Zone, NicosiaThe United Cyprus 20/20 Youth Conference, organized by KAYAD Community Centre, endeavoured to create the opportunity for the young people of Cyprus to envision their ideal united Cyprus and discuss ways to achieve it. This process succeeded in increasing the participants’ awareness of the diversity of attitudes towards the Cyprus challenge and other social, political and economic issues. The 20/20 Conference provided the chance for the participants to practice peace-building communication and negotiation skills in order to present their unique model for reconciliation and influence adults, politicians and decision makers. 3 different groups of 2020 Workshop worked on topics such as «declaration for a united Cyprus», «poster about united Cyprus» and «film on Cyprus on 20/20». A Peace Declaration drafted by the participants was released to the public. Comments: Meral Akinci, KAYAD Community Centre president: “The aim of this project is to ...

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Hope Chest 23.10.2011

October – December 2011, Catoz, Komikebir, Lefkara, KaymakliWorkshops on traditional Cypriot handcrafts and trips to villages were they still flourish, organized by HASDER. The Cypriot youth grabbed the chance to get involved in traditional knitting, woodcraft, silk and cocoon production (23 October 2011, HASDER Folk Arts Institute) as well as in traditional pasta making and “Sesta” or “Tsetsos” knitting (20 November 2011, Catoz and Komikebir). They learned about traditional lace-making and silversmithing at Lefkara (27 November) and enjoyed themselves with food, music and dancing at the traditional Henna Night (2 December 2011, HASDER premises in Kaymakli). Comments: Ali Nebih, HASDER president: “The Hope Chest project aims to increase awareness for traditional Cypriot crafts, to conserve common cultural values and to create a culture of peace. With its workshops and observatory visits Hope Chest creates a peaceful environment for young people, where they can get to know each other and share ...

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Youth Theater Camp 16.07.2010

16-25 July 2010, Cultural Center of Kaminaria, Limassol The “Crossroads” theatre camp for 15-19-year-olds, was developed by three drama and conflict resolution facilitators and aimed to celebrate the power of theatre within an environment of respect and dialogue among young Cypriots from both the Greek and Turkish speaking communities. The camp developed on a twofold nucleus: co-existence and creative collaboration. “Crossroads” was a space where participants not only lived together but also had the opportunity to collectively learn about theatre and how it can become an instrument for communicating and stimulating creativity. By supporting collaborative work structured around drama and aiming toward a final piece of production – open for friends and family on the final day of camp – “Crossroads”  provided an opportunity to speak out and share experiences in a lively atmosphere of fun interaction, where youth learned about each other and expanded the endless possibilities of imagination and ...

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Peaceful Nature Camp 02.07.2010

2-8 July, Kritou Terra, PaphosWeek-long camp organized by KAYAD Community Centre in cooperation with Cyprus Environmental Studies Centre. 42 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot young adults (17-25 years old) had the opportunity to discuss and creatively examine a wide variety of social and environmental issues. Activities included discussion groups, training workshops and fieldtrips, focusing on matters such as bio-diversity, environmental sustainability, education, peaceful conflict management and social justice (ie. gender stereotypes, multiculturalism and human rights), and how these can be achieved in Cyprus. Among other matters, the participants discussed how to achieve a better understanding between the different communities in relation to the historical events in Cyprus over the last half century. Between learning sessions, participants relaxed together over meals and social activities, building new friendships and bonds. Comments: Fezile Osum, 19, participant: “I found it to be a really interesting and sometimes emotional experience. This camp showed me clearly ...

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Peace is Power Summer Camp 24.06.2010

24-30 June 2010, Altinkaya, KyreniaSummer camp for young people between the ages 13-17 from Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, co-organised by KAYAD Community Centre and Soma Akriton with the collaboration of WINPEACE - an organization composed of peace activists from Greece, Turkey and the two communities of Cyprus. A team of 87 people (72 participants, 15 trainers) spent seven days exploring and practicing ideas of conflict resolution, multiculturalism and team building. Participants took part in a diverse range of activities which provided them with peace tools such as effective communication, empathy and mediation. With continuous encouragement to broaden their perspectives, participants gained awareness of different approaches to conflict such as win-win, reaction control and understanding the feelings and needs behind disagreement. Throughout the camp participants took part in sports activities ranging from swimming, American football, football, dance and yoga. Throughout the sports component participants were encouraged to interact with members from ...

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One StreetS Festival 05.06.2010

5 June 2010, Ledra/Lokmaci Street, NicosiaMulticultural street festival organized by “Youth Leaders and Cultural Activists”, an informal group of young people, assisted by approximately 30 volunteers. The Ledra/Lokmaci street(s) has been divided for decades and as a result of the separation people started to perceive it as two different streets. However, the opening of the crossing point has brought a vital change to the human geography of old Lefkosia/Lefkoşa, allowing the different and diverse cultural groups inhabiting and using the old historic town to meet, communicate and interact with each other. The event aimed to celebrate cultural diversity and solidarity by bringing together the different people of the island in a creative environment comprised of artists, musicians and performers on the street that has been the symbol of ethnic and cultural division.A wide variety of musicians and dance groups provided performances and interactive activities along the full length of this symbolic ...

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