meet. connect. act.
What is our story?
Who are we?
We are a group of students and educators from the Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) originated from Palestine, Israel and the rest of the world.
The reality of the conflict together with our first-hand experience with youth leadership has led us to establish YOCOPAS as a way to inspire youth to take action and change the reality of the region.
Why do we do it?
We choose to take the reality of the conflict in our hands.
We believe in action-based dialogue and collaborative, practical action of passionate youth leaders from Palestine, Israel and the rest of the world as a way to change the reality of the conflict and improve the state of communities which are influenced by it.
How do we do it?
We provide bright, young leaders from Israel, Palestine and the world, who seek to change the reality of the region, with the platform and tools to become local change makers.
We do it through an annual conference, weekend seminars and a leadership program in development.
What are we?
YOCOPAS is an Israeli-Palestinian-international action based youth leadership movement which aspires to be an incubator for local change makers and social initiatives which will positively influence the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
To establish a collaborative network of Israeli, Palestinian and international Youth leaders who actively create positive change in their local communities for peace and sustainability in the region.
To serve as a leadership incubator for Palestinian, Israeli and International high school students by providing them with the platform and tools to emerge as leaders who develop and implement collaborative, long-term community projects which promote peace and sustainability for the benefit of their communities.
To develop alternative methods to address Youth conflict programs based on collaborative action “on the ground” and the inclusion of “third actors” as part of the dialogue.
To foster a group of young leaders who constructively address the conflict through mutual understanding and action.
To establish long-term projects which address the needs of local communities in Palestine and Israel in order to create positive change in the lives of the communities’ inhabitants and to enhance peace and sustainability in the region.