Youth groups

Sessions for youth groups in synagogues, mosques, churches and other multi-faith and secular contexts.

Solutions Not Sides is delighted to run sessions in community institutions as well as secondary schools. We have conducted sessions with youth groups in synagogues, mosques, churches, YMCA, interfaith groups and youth offender institutions.

The team is generally available from early evening (around 4:30pm) to run a community session during a tour in your area, once the day-time sessions in schools are completed. If you are a community youth group leader, please contact us to enquire about booking a session.

If you are a member of a youth group, ask your leader to get in touch with us!

Activities

Participants from youth groups need to be between 14 and 22 years of age and must be supervised by their usual youth group leaders. Parents and other adults are welcome to sit in and observe the session, but it is not designed for adult participation.

The educational sessions for youth groups are very similar to those for schools, and include activities on general conflict understanding, critical-thinking skills and conflict resolution with the application of these principles to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Young people learn the difference between positions and interests and how they can apply this understanding to explore meaningful solutions. The session also gives some background from both sides’ points of view as to the issues at the heart of the conflict, both past and present, and features real-life experiences and aspirations of people who are living through it, told in person by Israeli and Palestinian speakers from the region. Time is given for Q&A so that participants have the unique opportunity to learn more from these people who are living in the region and are involved in working for conflict resolution. The skills and experiences gained through participation in the sessions are transferable to other conflict situations, both in personal and geo-political contexts.

Youth group sessions format:

  • Maximum number of participants: 30
  • Length of session: Minimum 90-minutes, maximum 3 hours
    (longer sessions will include a short break)

Solutions Not Sides is also happy to offer training to youth leaders on tackling Antisemitism and Islamophobia in relation to the Israel-Palestine conflict, as well as more bespoke offerings based on your specific needs. If you would like to find out more about our youth leadership training, please contact Poppy on poppy@solutionsnotsides.co.uk and check out our dedicated webpage for more info: Teacher & Community Leader Training | SNS (solutionsnotsides.co.uk)