Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria, more than 4.7 million Syrians have fled their country. 1.06 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon, making up nearly one in five of that country’s population. Turkey and Jordan are hosting approximately 2.6 million and 637,000 refugees respectively. (Mercy Corps, 2016) Youth (boys and girls), women and caregivers face a number of protection risks and issues including: physical violence, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and exploitation, lack of viable economic opportunities and exploitative labor, negative coping mechanisms, inability to access basic social services, and harmful traditional practices and child protection issues such as early marriage and child labor. Reports confirm that domestic violence, sexual exploitation and early marriage are the primary protection concerns for women and girls (IRC Regional Report, 2014).

The Youth Engagement Project (YEP), a collaborative effort by Art Transforms Conflict (ATC) and the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN), seeks to reverse this trend. YEP employs a community-based approach to address the use of negative coping strategies, primarily by adolescent youth, which lead to potential conflicts between host and refugee populations. This will enhance the resilience of the target population and create a more protective environment for vulnerable persons, particularly women, children and caregivers. Crystina Wyler, President and Founder of ATC, notes that “the subject matter experts of ATC and CIIAN build sustainable change within a community through ‘train the trainer’ programs, providing creative non-violent communication , mediation  and negotiation  skills and techniques to staff, local volunteers and interns already working in-community with established NGOs.”

YEP is also designed with a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) component to objectively track changes and document community impacts. Dr. Evan Hoffman, Senior Associate at CIIAN, says, “this important project will not only create positive changes in Lebanon, but it will also generate useful lessons for application in other countries and regions where there is a need to prevent young men from being drawn into extremism.”

To learn more about the Youth Engagement Project (YEP), please download the document below and 
contact us for more information. A fully developed program, we are currently seeking funding and implementation partners for Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Providing tools for recruitment-age youth to become the community Change Makers of tomorrow

Art Transforms Conflict (ATC) and The Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) are pleased to announce a joint partnership in the development and implementation of: The Youth Engagement Project (Y E P)

Youth Engagement Project (YEP)