For 4 days, from the 26th to the 29th of August 2018, the JAI trained 20 youth, in the ages of 16 to 19, who are all political ex-prisoners at the Israeli jails, beneficiaries of the EJ YMCA Rehabilitation Program, from various areas in the north of the West Bank, mainly Nablus, Qalqilya, Tulkarem and Salfit.
The program tackled the themes of identity, democratic citizenship, historic background on the Palestinian cause with related international law and rights, including the anti-torture law 2250. The training also introduced the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) Campaign, its local and international goals, impacts, including the concept of anti-normalization, mainly among the youth, academic and civil society organizations, with its criteria and threats.
On the last day, the youth were given advocacy mechanisms and tools, with how to develop and manage advocacy campaigns. The youth then discussed the development of an initiative to clean and beautify their villages with paintings, drawings, and lobby with their councils towards the provision of trash containers in their villages.