Youth Program


Thursday 11/24

Theme of the day : “Forced Memories”

O’Hare Ballroom

5:00-5:30 pm

Introduction Game!

Come meet our youth committee and other youth members that you’ll be surrounded with this weekend at the Palestine convention! Get to know one another through exciting activities and get a glimpse at what to expect this weekend.

Speakers: Youth Committee
(Fatima Al-Hyari, Shorouk Akarah, Noor A’Rafat, Aya Alaraj, Moayad Qasim, Ali Alhikawati, Ayham Kartoum, Abdelmutalib Yasin)

5:30-6:00 pm

Back in Time

Let’s go back in time to life in Palestine before 1948. What did life look like? Who really are the Palestinians? Where did they come from? Come learn about the long history that has shaped the Palestinian people into who the are today. Come for a chance to win candy bars!

Speakers: Fatima Al-Hyari

6:00-6:30 pm

Stories of the Past

Every Palestinian family has a story. Palestinians all over the world have been affected by the occupation, whether you live directly under it or live in the diaspora. Come share your family story and listen to others’ experiences.

Facilitators: Aya Alaraj and Noor A’Rafat

7:00 -8:00 pm

Palestinians Post ‘48

Now that you know what Palestine looked like before 1948, come understand how life changed for Palestinians after the occupation. Come work together with other youth members in understanding important events in history after 1948.

Speaker: Sana Wazwaz

8:00-8:30 pm

Who Knows Best

Put your history knowledge to the test! Come play a Kahoot game for a chance to win $25!

Facilitators: Moayad Qasim and Aya Alaraj

8:30-9:00 pm

Palestinian Among Us

Join us as we play a fun, Palestinian version of Among Us!

Facilitators: Ali Alhikawati and Moayad Qasim

Friday 11/25

Theme of the day: “Within Our Lifetime”

O’Hare Ballroom

10:15-10:45 am

Line Up Game

Who’s the oldest? Who’s the youngest? Can you silently line up in the correct order?

Facilitators: Noor A’Rafat and Ali Alhikawati

10:45-11:30 am

Growing Up Palestinian in the US

Come join us to discuss our experiences growing up as a Palestinian Muslim in the United States

Speakers: Sheikh Muath Alshanti

11:30 am-12:30 pm

All About Gaza

Gaza, the city we always hear about. But, what are their everyday struggles? What does life look like in Gaza? Join us to dive deeper into the lives of Gaza’s youth.

Speaker: Fidaa Elaydi

12:30-2:30 pm

Friday Salah & Break

2:30-3:00 pm

Within Our Lifetime

Come learn about events that have happened within our lifetime, led by Amp’s Minnesota youth chapter.

Speakers: Ahmad Abusaif, Alaa El-Khatib, Abdulrahman Abusaif, Hanin Mousa

3:00-3:30 pm

Dispossession of Homes

Palestinian families are constantly facing dispossession of their homes. We see families forced to flee their homes, with no other option. Why and how is the Israeli government allowed to do this? Join us as we understand the different causes.

Speaker: Sana Wazwaz

3:30-4:30 pm

Palestinian Family Feud

Girls, Boys – are you ready to face off? Which side will be able to answer these Palestinian questions correctly, in an epic game of Family Feud!

Facilitators: Noor A’Rafat and Moayad Qasim

4:30-6:45 pm

Salah & Break

6:45-7:45 pm

Tatreez & Tea/Palestinian Soccer

Tatreez and tea. Two things so dear to a Palestinain girl’s heart. Join us to have an all girls tatreez session, accompanied by tea! Boys, have you ever wanted to play soccer for your city? Well, here’s your chance. Come play soccer and win it for your city!

Facilitators: Youth Committee

7:45-8:30 pm


Palestinian resistance is shown in many ways, today we will look at how art and literature is an extremely important form. Come learn about the significance of Palestinian art, and express yourselves in an art activity!

Speakers: Hareth Yousef and Nora Lester Murad

8:30-9:10 pm

Capture The Flag Competition

Have you ever played ‘capture the flag’? How about the Palestinian version? Try and get the most Palestinian flags, that are hidden around the hotel! Team with the most flags wins!

Facilitators: Youth Committee

Saturday 11/26

Theme of the day: “Overtaking the future”

O’Hare Ballroom

10:15 -10:30 am

Life Size Jenga

How well can you balance things? How about with answering Palestinian questions? Come play jenga and aim to get all the questions correct.

Facilitators: Shorouk Akarah and Abdelmutalib Yasin

10:30-11:00 am

Yalla Shabab

How can you move forward in your advocacy? Yalla Shabab has the answers! Join us as we learn how to take over the future.

Speakers: Yalla Shabab

11:00 am-11:30 am


BDS stands for: Boycott, Divest, Sanctions. What does that really mean? Come to our session that addresses everything BDS, led by the Minnesota chapter!

Speakers: Ahmad Abusaif, Alaa El-Khatib, Abdulrahman Abusaif, Hanin Mousa


What is Apartheid?

Apartheid is a word hear so often. What does it truly mean? What does that look like in Palestine, how do Palestinians live through apartheid? Come learn about everything apartheid.

Speaker: Nerdeen Kiswani

12:00-1:00 pm

Ballroom ED

Youth Competition

Come express yourself in our youth competition! Whether competing or attending, join us as we appreciate our youth members’ work!

Host: Moayad Qasim
Judges: Abdelmutalib Yasin, Noor A’Rafat, Aya Alaraj

1:00-3:00 pm

Salah & Break

3:00-4:00 pm

Career Panel

Working in the professional field as a Palestinian comes with challanges and stuggles, no doubt. Yet, it is extremely important to pursue a career as a Palestinian. Join us to listen to different professionals, as they tell us their stories!

Speakers: Vivian Khalaf, Ahmed Salah, Nora Lester Murad, Nida Sahouri

4:00-4:30 pm

Palestinians in Sports

How hard is it to reach the top in the sports world? How about as a UFC fighter? Come listen to Belal Muhammed’s story to the top!

Speaker: Belal Muhammed

4:30-5:45 pm

Salah & Break

5:45-6:45 pm

Our Duty Towards Al-Aqsa

Al-Aqsa is one of three holiest sites in Islam. Every Ramadan Al-Aqsa is attacked, but why does this happen? Why does this masjid carry such importance? Join us as we explore Al-Aqsa’s significance and what is happening today.

Speaker: Abdallah Marouf

6:45-7:30 pm

SJP Workshop

How can you get active as a student? Join us to understand the steps we can take to make our voices heard as students!

Speakers: Ayah Ali and SJP

7:30-8:30 pm

Zionist Busters

Arguing with a zionist can be tedious. Come learn points to use, and how to deflate common phrases used by Zionists. Put your new skills to the test and debate!

Speakers: Fatima Al-Hyari, Abdelmutalib Yasin, Tarek Khalil, and Zarefah Baroud

8:30-8:45 pm

Program Closing

Through education, activities and bonding – you have the power to make a change. Carry out your duty and continue to advocate for our Palestinian people. We will miss you, thank you all and see you next year!

Speakers: Youth Committee

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