Syrian youth grow up in an environment steeped in narratives and public discourse that are largely characterized by extremism and violence. #MeWeSyria, a social and emotional learning and civic engagement program, believes that communications skill-building and storytelling promotes team building, empathy, peer-to-peer learning, and creative problem solving.
#MeWeSyria trains refugee replication teams—composed of refugee teachers, youth volunteers, and parents—through experiential learning and co-creation sessions. The teams then assume a training role as they localize what they’ve learned for adolescent populations in Syrian communities by launching #MeWeSyria clubs. Club members collaborate to design youth story content pieces that are ultimately showcased in digital campaigns, community engagements, and international forums.
#MeWeSyria has partnered with several organizations, including:
- Ford Foundation
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
New York, NY, USA
- Mohsin Mohi Ud Din Director of Storytelling Innovation, Ashoka’s Youth Venture