Hamam Ayyash, 21years, is from Khan Younis.
He was an ambitious young man who graduated at an early age. He was keen to set
out on his career path and develop his personality early in life. After
graduating Hamam felt depressed, what with no job and nothing to do except sit
at home, visit his best friend and look for
voluntary work opportunities. This made him angry, frustrated and
withdrawn, as he felt he was not adding any value to his life, nor was he able to invest his abilities and
realize his aspirations.
Hamam tried to change his routine by browsing through web
pages, YouTube and social media. One
day, while he was surfing the web, he came across an advertisement titled
“Towards Youth Empowerment” a project at
the Cultural Center of the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA). The
project was about enhancing youth
abilities in using new media tools to
express their issues. “I admired the idea and got excited. I applied for
courses in video production, photography, advocacy strategies and radio
broadcasting, as I thought it would help improve my abilities and
qualifications in the area of media,” said Hamam.
Day by day Hamam's engagement in the project and the Centers
activities increased. He actively
participated in debates on community issues organized at the Center. Hamam
became more confident, active, positive and full of energy.
work with youth, encouraged me to continue in the activities of the project. I
was proud to participate in producing films that reflected youth ideas and
Hamam has become enthusiastic and goal-oriented. His ideas
and presentations are distinct which is obvious through his involvement in the
projects. Today, Hamam has taken on the role of an initiator at the Cultural
Center. He leads the “Dialogue program” which brings together decision makers
and youth to dialogue and advocate for youth and community issues.
“ I truly enjoy what Iam
doing. I have changed and am happy with
my experience in the project . I will add my experience to my C.V to support me
in finding a job in media and advocacy.”