The Arab Thought Forum (ATF) is committed to the belief that state structures must be developed to serve and be responsive to an active and critical public, which is conscious of its obligations and duties, as well as its rights and entitlements
Positive changes in local communities as a result of the Youth Advocacy Networks
Within several months, young students 17 years old succeed in convincing the local councils to make positive changes on their communities. 2 public gardens, shade for public parking, late public transportation, 15 new cleaning jobs, 20 waste containers, 3 night clubs re organize their position for public convenient, all among the achievements of the young groups. With this achievements, youth are empowered, gaining trust on themselves, encouraged their peers on their ability to make change, are the main impact of the project. The fact that each group developed and created its own website home page or/and† face book site provided the groups with a powerful tool to approach their local communities both at the official and citizens levels and to urge the local councils to improve the services they provide.† The lobbying processes and awareness campaigns were another instrument between the hands of the youth groups. Many ideas have been presented to spread this unique experiment which depends on combination between youths work and social media as effective solutions for some of the problems facing the local communities. Advocate issues of local concern were the mission of the Youth Advocacy Groups that was created in May 2011 and has concluded its work by April 2012, noticeable developments took place on the youth websites to promote and advocate their concern. This included the number of posts, questions and answers, comments, videos and pictures. Once formed, group members attended a 3-day group development training that builds their skills in project management, communication and advocacy. The final closing event has successfully taken place on 28 January at Hebron city. Four mayors and several municipalitiesí officers, steering committee members, media agencies have attended the event.