PAYCE: Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement

Really thrilled that a youtube video on our PAYCE project has just dropped.

I just re-listened to all forty of the podcasts that students produced as a part of this project and was truly in awe of their hard work and effort.

You can access all of the student podcasts here. I recently created curriculum guides for using these pieces in the classroom– I’ll post a link to those when they’re online.

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Here are some shots from the research trip to the West Bank in summer 2018. 

National Geographic Explorer

So excited to learn that I’ve been awarded a National Geographic Explorer Grant under their Reducing Ocean Plastic Pollution program!  The project Experiential Learning with Indian Educators: Collecting Local Data to Share with Politicians and Scientists is a collaboration with faculty member Dr. Jaya D.S. at the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India. I’m collaborating with colleagues at the University of Kerala throughout the spring 2019 semester. The grant will bring 100 teachers from across India to Kerala for a training workshop on engaging students in marine debris collection.

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Here I am with Dr. Jaya at Thangassery harbor, Kerala. Photo by Alwyn Biju.

Woot woot! Can’t wait!


PAYCE podcasts and story on UHart Web

Check out this story on the Uhart website about the PAYCE program, focusing on Genesis who went to train in Jordan this summer to learn podcasting skills.

The podcast series that is a result of the project was created by young adults about making a difference in the United States, Palestine, and Jordan. Hear short, inspiring profiles of young adults using different forms of civic and political engagement. Season one was made by Palestinians and Americans using compelling stories from Des Moines Iowa. Season two from Palestine and around the States brings a new set of inspirational stories about social action and change. Season three will be stories from Jordan and Palestine will drop throughout the month of November. Season 4 is under production in the West Bank and throughout the U.S. The series is funded through generous support by the Stevens Initiative, Drake University, and Al-Quds Bard College.


The program is available on buzzsprout and iTunes



PAYCE in the West Bank

As a part of the PAYCE (Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement) program, we spent a week in June 2018 meeting stakeholders and groups of youth engaged in politics in Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. It was an incredible experience. Learn more about PAYCE here.

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So proud to be a part of this group of scholars and students working internationally to promote civic education for students in the US and the Palestinian territories.

Check out the PAYCE (Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement) project here.