Recently featured on VICE Impact, MeWeSyria is a part of Ashoka’s Youth Venture and is a training platform for young refugees that leverages the concepts of storytelling and digital media to cultivate communities of youth for social action, the creation of new narratives about conflict and refugees, and most importantly, for confronting the mental health challenges that come with life in and around a conflict zone. The MeWeSyria curriculum combines exercises in neuroscience, stress and trauma, storytelling, and digital media production to open creative pathways for accompanied introspection and healing, for refugee youth ages 10-20.
MeWeSyria is delivered in a cascaded training of trainers model, where Syrian/refugee “replicators” over the age of 20 receive initial and ongoing trainings that enable them to replicate and adapt the curriculum in their local communities with younger youth. Each MeWeSyria site then becomes a “storytelling hub” where youth in the hub are connected to subsequent opportunities for psychosocial support and care, digital media production opportunities, and social change projects in their community.
Currently, MeWeSyria has trained over 50 community replicators and has worked with over 500 young refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
For inquiries about the MeWeSyria curriculum, including the translational exercises for youth on neuroscience and stress, please contact me.