Youth for Youth is The Together Plan’s social action youth programme, offering young adults, aged 17 to 30, the opportunity to make a difference, not only in their own lives, but in the lives of others as well.
Youth for Youth was conceived in 2010 by a group of young adults, invited by The Together Plan to run a summer programme for an isolated Jewish community in the north of Belarus. This programme demonstrated the powerful impact we can create by sharing leadership skills with peers, along with contextual knowledge, such as festivals and traditions; how to use Hebrew; lifecycle events; and community projects.
Youth for Youth grows in number year upon year. Today, young Belarusians, having participated in the programme in previous years, are now taking lead roles in their communities; developing projects and beginning to play key parts in the growth of other communities as well.
Each year Youth for Youth runs a summer camp and the relevant training, in order to ensure the camp is as fun and safe as can be. The camps are organised, supported and run by young adults both from the UK and Belarus. The overwhelming interest in developing shared cultural discourse enables participants from the UK to enrich their own Jewish experiences/identity and participants from Belarus to learn more about what it means to be Jewish and how to enact growth within their community.
Check out our video from our first camp in 2012.
Our project has opened the door and has made it possible for Belarusians to feel confident to ask questions about their identity, to feel connected to their communities and to feel part of the wider Jewish world. Not just in the role of dependant recipients and onlookers, but in the role of contributors and participants.
Exclusive Youth for Youth events:
7th February – Friday night dinner
11th April – Route for Route Fundraiser
10th June – Pot luck dinner
8th-17th July – Summer camp in Slutsk
15th August – Picnic
9th October – Kabbalat Shabbat and Friday night dinner
12th December – Latkes and Lights
These events are only open to Youth for Youth members. If you are interested in attending any of these events or getting involved, please contact us.
We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!