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)

Women's Many Powers: A Path for Creating Community 27.03.2010

27 March 2010, Chateau Status, Buffer Zone, NicosiaWorkshop exploring the different strengths and the different voices of women organized by Mediation Association and Vassiliki Katrivanou. The participants discussed ways through which one can find their personal centre of wisdom and hence more effectively communicate in interpersonal – and intercommunal – relationships.The film “Women of Cyprus” was shown, creating space for dialogue on the Cyprus issue; participants shared their feelings, ideas and stories, and learnt from each other. Women had the opportunity to talk about topics that matter for them, learnt about personal and social ranking, explored options of empowerment and shared their personal styles of leadership.

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Different Cultures, One Spirit 14.11.2009

14 November 2009, Buffer Zone, NicosiaYouth campaign against racism organized by Soma Akriton and Mediation Association. The campaign aimed to challenge the negative views and opinions, stereotypes and prejudices about ethnicity, gender, culture and beliefs. The campaign was launched with the youth conference “Multicultural Cyprus’’. The conference, which took place at the buffer zone in Nicosia, was moderated by the Human Rights Foundation and KISA. Young people gathered together to exchange ideas and recommendations, and appreciate the differences and values of a multicultural society such as Cyprus.  A group of 15 volunteers, including both Cypriots and international youth, were in charge of the sports and social activities that followed the youth conference at the Cetinkaya Sport Field.  Two football matches were held between 40 players and for an audience of 90 youngsters. Quizzes, living library, street painting, and dancing were some of the additional activities held, all of which were organized ...

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Exploring the Old Nicosia 01.11.2009

1 November 2009, NicosiaA visit to the old city of Nicosia with the purpose of bringing together young people and children from both communities and confronting them with the city's history - which substantially reflects the island’s history as well. Nicosia exists for thousands of years. The ancient city lies buried beneath the modern city and has only been explored to a minimal extent. Today it is the only divided capital of the world. More than 300 participants took part from both sides of the green line. At the beginning of the event, the Mayor of Nicosia Ms Eleni Mavrou welcomed the participants and urged them to continue their efforts. The representative of Cyprus to the European Commission also welcomed the participants and congratulated them for their optimism. Immediately after, the participants formed mixed groups of 12-14 people depending on age,  accompanied by group leaders and teachers, and poured into ...

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EarthDance 26.09.2009

26 September 2009, Nicosia EarthDance is a non-profit organization created in 1996, which uses music, dance and technology to support humanitarian causes. Every year, on September 26, thousands of participants from all over the world join the synchronized Prayer for Peace. EarthDance Festival is the largest globally-synchronized dance event in the world with 300 sites in 60 countries taking part. Cypriot youth from both communities joined thousands of participants from other parts of the world to say in unison a prayer for peace and express the belief that love can change the world. PeacePlayers-Cyprus and HASDER took an active part in EarthDance 2009 through a bi-communal youth festival in Nicosia. PeacePlayers-Cyprus organized a bi-communal Streetball Basketball Tournament at Phanaromeni School in the Old City in which more than 200 kids took part. For its part, HASDER organized a bi-communal concert with the participation of eight music groups as well as ...

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Women of Cyprus-Youth of Cyprus 19.09.2009

19 September, 2009, Nicosia Municipality Multifunctional Centre, Nicosia Workshop centered around the documentary screening of “Women of Cyprus” by Vasiliki Katrivanou and Bushra Azzouz (co producer) organized by Soma Akriton with the participation of the HASDER youth. Plot: In the spring of 2004, Maria, a Greek Cypriot, and Zehra, a Turkish Cypriot, cross to opposite sides of the green line dividing Cyprus since the events of 1974 to visit the family homes they had not seen for thirty years. Thus begins the personal journey of these women as the film follows them through their pasts, haunted by conflict and pain, to their present search for reconciliation and common ground. On the eve of the U.N. referendum to reunite the divided island, many buried stories from the past surface. Rare archival footage adds context to the Cypriot conflict. The filmmaker brings together women from both sides of the island who share ...

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Mission to Northern Ireland 01.07.2009

01 - 08 July, Belfast, Northern IrelandStudy trip to Northern Ireland organized by Soma Akriton. The mission consisted of 19 young people (14-18 years old) from both communities of Cyprus. The group met prior to the journey, got prepared and set specific targets. Participants had to play the role of reporters, with the mission to: • investigate the problem of Northern Ireland and compare it with the Cyprus problem • see how the youth in N. Ireland views their conflict. • study the methods used in N. Ireland to bring the two communities together. The program was executed with the cooperation of Spirit of Enniskillen Trust, a N. Irish organization specializing in peace building. The program consisted of various workshops like ‘Dealing with differences’, ‘The troubles’, ‘Bloody Sunday’, and ‘Share Future’, which were enhanced by educational excursions like the one in ‘Stormont’, the Home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, were ...

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