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Summer Fun for Palestinian Refugee Youth

>>>Support the summer fun campaign for Palestinian refugee youth today:

Remember your childhood days when you went to summer camp? Remember how much fun you had with your peers and all the exciting activities you participated in? Remember how much you looked forward to reuniting again with your friends and experiencing it all over again? And if you never participated in a summer camp, do you remember how bored you were during the summer days and how much you looked forward to returning to school?

Help us bring the same summer experience to Palestinian refugee youth in the camps of Lebanon. SHINE (Summer Help In English) offers students a productive and safe space during their summer vacation to strengthen their English language proficiency, while simultaneously exploring various recreational skills. In addition, students go on weekly field trips that nurture and foster students’ mental, physical, and social growth at a pivotal stage in their lives. Some of these activities include yoga, photography, videography, debke (a Palestinian folkloric dance), theater, social media, poetry, creative writing, among many others.

Adolescents face a number of social pressures and adult-like responsibilities. SHINE allows them to be children, while also re-inspiring their thirst for knowledge. English is an essential skill because students must take a national exam for promotion to high school, which is administered in English. Unfortunately, more than half of students fail the exam due to lack of proficiency in English. Furthermore, many Palestinian refugee youth from Syria, who now reside in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, have a lower proficiency than their grade-level, thus preventing them from enrolling in school due to lack of confidence and self-esteem.

LEAP’s SHINE project aims to remedy these impediments and advance youth through our intensive and fun summer project, which promises to make students feel more confident, happy, and accomplished. 90% of youth expressed that their English proficiency improved and they felt more confident in English, while 98% indicated that they intend to participate in SHINE again.

Learn more about the campaign & donate today!

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