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YaLa Peace Institute in Honor of Nelson Mandela

YaLa Citizen Journalism Program

The MENA Leaders for Change Program

The YaLa
Peace Institute

In Honor of Nelson Mandela

A ground-breaking peace studies program to supply the young leaders of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region with the necessary tools to create a future of self-sustaining and durable peace.

Students learn online directly from the men and women who led processes of peace negotiation, human rights, transitional justice, peacebuilding and reconciliation in South Africa, Rwanda, Ireland, the Balkans and the Middle East. Click Here for more details and sign up below for the next cycle, starting in early 2015!

Application Process

Detailed online application including 4 short essay questions

Citizen Journalism

Launched in September 2014 in partnership with the US Institute of Peace, this program brings together leading journalists and new media experts to train 100 Middle Eastern youth in journalism techniques, new media, photojournalism and mobile activism. In a region where media is too often a tool for nationalism, division and fear, YaLa’s citizen journalism graduates will be empowered to tell a different kind of Middle Eastern story.

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2015 program, apply by clicking here.

The MENA Leaders for
Change Program

The MENA Leaders for Change Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  This intensive program for emerging peace leaders consisted of online training and face-to-face workshops in collaboration with the US Institute of Peace, Vanderbilt University and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Over the course of two years (four semesters), a total of 330 young leaders from the MENA region participated in the program:

  • 120 Israelis
  • 120 Palestinians
  • 90 MENA region

The top 160 students participated in the two year-end workshops held in Jordan in 2013 and 2014 and are now pursuing their projects and activism with the help of seed funding, mentorship opportunities, and a network of supporters including the US State Department Alumni Program. For more, please Click Here.





Application Process

Detailed application including 4 short essay questions
Reviewed/scored by 2 different staff members
Interviews via phone/skype