About Laylac

Background

The Palestinian Youth Action Center for Locality Development was established on May 25th, 2005 and registered with the Palestinian Ministry of Youth and Sport on April 11th, 2006. Three board elections conducted so far, the latest was on September, 2010. LAYLAC stands for “The Palestinian Youth Action Center for Locality Development”.

Vision:

All those from the previous and new board and general assembly members consensually agreed that there is youth sector has been systematically marginalized and restrictedly engaged in the process of addressing the issues of its own and the issues of local communities to which they belong and the development of the Palestinian society at large. Hence, there is a need for a youth organization that would carry out the responsibilities of mobilizing the youth sector, empowering it to advocate for its cause as a marginalized one, advocate for their marginalized communities and to contribute to the development of the Palestinian society as a whole. Therefore, LAYLAC vision is the Community Development through Active engagement of Empowered Youth Sector

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Palestinian Center of Youth Action for Locality Development “LAYLAC” is to contribute to the empowerment of the Palestinian youth sector in particularly and the development of the Palestinian Society at large.

Core Principles:

LAYLAC will commit itself to the following principles that should guide its actions for the fulfillment of its mission:

1) Adherence to all human rights conventions and the humanitarian international laws as well as to the Palestinian laws and regulations enhancing the prosperity and well-being of all Palestinian citizens

2) Democratic and Participatory management within its entity and with other national and international partners

3) Transparency and Accountability by which LAYLAC will provide a positive model of the good governance

4) Integration and Reciprocity between the individual and collective causes, the work of different sectors and the local, national and international development agenda.

Core Values:

LAYLAC will adhere to the following core values upon which it established its mission:

1) Respect to and advocate for all Human Rights Conventions and Charters endorsed for the equity of all people regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, physical or mental abilities, beliefs and other sources of human differences.

2) The rights and entitlements of all Palestinian in fair and just treatment by national and local Palestinian authorities

3) The rights and entitlement of all Palestinians for access to public services and social protection

4) Youth have the right and entitled for active participation in making the decisions and formulating the policies influencing their present and future well being

5) Youth sector is obliged to contribute to the development of other marginalized individuals, groups, local communities and sectors.

Strategic Priorities:

LAYLAC has identified the following strategic priorities for the youth sector and that will be the focus of its strategic plans over 2010-2015:

1.  The Vocational and Academic Education

2.  Employment (with special focus on Self-Employment)

3.  Community Training and Awareness

4.  Community and Social Advocacy

5. The development of social capital within youth sector and local communities

Strategic Goals:

1) To contribute to the poverty alleviation efforts and the reduction of unemployment rates at the national and local levels

2) To contribute to the empowerment of the youth sector in order to play a more efficient role in the socioeconomic development and well being of their communities and Palestinian society at large

3) To advocate for the rights and entitlement of the marginalized individuals, groups, sectors and local communities including self-advocacy for youth themselves)

Membership/Constituency:

LAYLAC constituency is open to youth of 18 and older. However, only those who have been committed to LAYLAC for more than 5 years with excellence can be members of general assessable. Therefore, the following are considered the at the core of its constituency:

1.  Youth individuals

2.  Marginalized and underprivileged or underserved individuals, groups and local communities

Strengths and Challenges:

For strategic planning purposes, we identified the following strengths and challenges:

Strengths:

1) Rented Office: this is the office where LAYLAC is located and people can reach it.

2) Volunteers: a group of volunteers is committed and active to serve the mission of LAYLAC.

3) Donors: LAYLAC has already established some contacts with few donors who supported it in the past and ready to do so in the future.

4) Local Networks: LAYLAC has established trustful relationships with local organizations and networks sharing the similar interests and working with youth sector.

5) Committed leadership: from the previous board and new board in addition to close supporters, there is a group of committed leadership who strives to keep LAYLAC alive, active and improving.

6) Legitimacy: by holding the second elections on the forth of April on the basis of revitalization and strategic reform, LAYLAC conducted the strategic planning workshops and that is a source of strengths for its development.

Challenges:

1) Limited management and leadership skills.

2) Limited financial support to the running costs of LAYLAC.

3) No financial system in place.

4) Weakness in the relationships with partners, allies and donors at local, national and international levels.

5) No permanent (owned) premises (i.e owned office that would free up some financial resources and shifting it from rent cost for other developmental purposes.

6) Inactive public relations and absence of media strategy.

Long-Term Programs

LAYLAC, in order to accomplish its goals and fulfill its mission, the following main programs will be its doorways for variety of integrated services:

1. Institutional Development and Reform Program

The following projects will be designed and implemented since it occupied the top priority level:

1.1 Human Resources Development Project.

1.1.1 Purpose: Enhancing the LCO internal HR capacities to sustain itself.

1.1.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 58,00 US$.

1.2 Permanent Office and Infrastructure Project.

1.2.1 Purpose: Promoting the responsiveness and technical efficiencies of LCO.

1.2.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 30,000 US$.

2. The Vocational Training and Academic Education Program.

The following projects will be designed and implemented since it occupied the top priority level:

2.1 Vocational Training Scholarship Project.

2.1.1 Purpose: Promoting the employment opportunities among youth .

2.1.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 24,000 US$

2.2 Academic Education Scholarship Project.

2.2.1 Purpose: Subsidizing the university costs for the poorest students.

2.2.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 60,000US$

2.3 Social and Vocational Counseling Project

2.3.1 Purpose: To assist the applicants in making informed decisions about their future careers

2.3.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 45,000 US$

3. The Job Creation Program

The following projects will be designed and implemented since it occupied the top priority level:

3.1 Youth Entrepreneurship Project.

3.1.1 Purpose: Enhancing the self-employment and combating unemployment among youth.

3.1.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 150,000 US$.

3.2   Revolving Loans Project.

3.2.1 Purpose: Enhancing the self-employment and combating unemployment among youth.

3.2.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 150,000 US$.

4. Community Training and Awareness Raising Program.

The following projects will be designed and implemented since it occupied the top priority level:

4.1 Leadership Development Project.

4.1.1 Purpose: Building youth leadership capacities.

4.1.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 45,000 US$.

4.2 Volunteers Recruitment, Training and Placement Project.

4.3 Community Services Project.

4.3.1 Purpose: Utilizing the university students enrolled in community service courses for the benefits of local communities.

4.3.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 30,000 US$.

5. Advocacy Program

The following projects will be designed and implemented since it occupied the top priority level:

5.1 Social Advocacy Project.

5.1.1 Purpose: Establishing a community advocacy model for the local communities, families, groups and individuals to follow in defending their rights and entitlements before the public sector services and legislators.

5.1.2 Estimated Budget for Three Years: 45,000 US$.

5.2 Action Research Project.

5.2.1 Purpose: Assisting local communities and marginalized groups (in particularly youth) in researching their realities, identifying their needs and lobbying for their causes based on reliable data.

5.2.1   Estimated Budget for Three Years: 120,000 US$.

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