Community Histories by Youth in the Middle East

Years Active

2000 to 2004


Community Histories by Youth in the Middle East, known by the acronym CHYME, was a project that engaged Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian professionals who work with youth in enhancing communication among young people from their three communities. The program was initially called the Middle East Youth Leaders Project.

CHYME used oral-history and storytelling practices to build capacities for listening, communicating and understanding among those who work with young people in the Middle East, and in turn, among the youth themselves. By working together to address issues that face youth in Jewish and Arab communities, CHYME participants demonstrated a 21st-century approach to leadership that was regional rather than national or sectarian, and in doing so they served as models for the teenagers with whom they worked.

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