Amman, March 2023: Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Generations For Peace (GFP) and the U.S. Embassy in Jordan hosted a ceremony for the Youth Media Program, Jeel 01, and the first screening of the “Dawsheh” web series on March 19 at the GFP headquarters in Amman.
The event began with a welcoming speech by GFP’s President, Dr. Mohanned Arabiat, followed by remarks from H.E. the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan. The ceremony included a screening of the web series “Dawsheh”, produced as a part of the Jeel 01 Program, implemented by Generations For Peace and led by a team of young women and men, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Jordan.“Dawsheh” features 15 episodes that shed light on Climate Action, Women Empowerment, and Mental Health through the youth perspective. It features talented Jordanian actors, including Samira Al-Asir, Wisam Tabila, Anad bin Tarif, and other young faces.
The program’s multiplatform-multiformat approach offers a sustainable platform for Jordan’s youth to engage in important conversations, showcasing youth voices, surfacing their ideas and solutions to advance positive narratives. The Program connects youth with their communities and engages them with various stakeholders and institutions.
Through the Tahwileh podcast, Café Stories episodes, the “Dawsheh” web series, blogs, and policy-reflective research papers on topics selected by youth participants through focus group discussion sessions, the program offers an innovative and dynamic approach. Its themes cover climate change, entrepreneurship, youth and mental health, sport and arts for development, youth political participation, media, gender equality and gender-based violence, and the inclusion of persons with disabilities.At the ceremony, Dr Mohanned Arabiat said, “Jeel 01 provides an exceptional opportunity for our youth to express themselves. As the future of our society, it is inspiring to see the younger generation prioritize the topics that matter most to them. We take immense pride in the youth who have seized this opportunity to amplify their voices and bring attention to crucial issues. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the U.S. Embassy in Jordan for their unwavering support, which has been instrumental in our journey of utilizing media as a tool to spread positive narratives and promote peace.”
Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan, Stefanie Altman-Winans, said, “For over 70 years, the United States has been firmly committed to the economic prosperity and security of Jordan. Today’s event is the culmination of the wonderful efforts of Generations for Peace, the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, and hundreds of young changemakers and role models. We all celebrate Jordan’s future leaders, and reaffirm our commitment to continue to reach, engage, and inspire Jordanian youth.”
Commenting on her experience in the Program, Youth Participant Malaak Al-Khudour said, “The Program offered a unique experience at every stage. I took pride in my ability to offer constructive feedback on the show’s scenario, particularly as its themes resonated with me on a personal level as a young woman in Jordanian society. Through the program I have also had the chance to meet an influential entrepreneur who benefited me personally and introduced me to new aspects I was unaware of as I drafted my blog.”
Another Youth Participant, Laith Habash, added, “Jeel 01 stands out because we were a group of young people who discussed topics relevant to us from our perspectives. We had the chance to meet influential figures, work on a mental health blog, provide feedback on the show’s plot, and see our ideas come to life. This experience was truly exceptional.”