Why Youth?

Two thirds of the Middle East’s population is below 24 years old.

An estimated 61 percent of the West Bank’s nearly two million residents are under 24 years of age (UNRWA). Numbers are consistent in and out of refugee camps, with about 60 percent of Balata Refugee Camp residents under 24 years of age (UNRWA, Balata Refugee Camp). Employment prospects for 15 to 24 year olds are dim in the Middle East, where the age group’s unemployment rates average a quarter. The UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates total unemployment in Nablus to be 60 percent, and as high as 80 percent in refugee camps, TYO’s primary target areas. Inasmuch, youth populations are one of the greatest risks and opportunities in the Middle East. TYO facilitates young people’s development as engaged citizens and professionals to favor positive outcomes for these individuals and society more broadly.