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Jasmine Echoes

Syrian Youth for Peace, in its second annual fundraiser, brings together some of the most talented Syrian musicians, artists, and poets in an evening that celebrates Syria’s culture and identity. 

Please join us at DROM NYC for an evening of Syrian music and performances with renowned artists including clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh performing with the painter and visual artist Kevork Mourad blending music with live animations, singer-songwriter Gaida and her band, violinist Samer Ali with Awj Ensemble, poet Firas Sulaiman, Hussam Jefee with translation from Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman, and DJ Ibrahim who will be spinning traditional and popular Syrian and Arabic music. That’s all in addition to a short film screening, an art auction, the first exhibition for the Syrian Eyes of the world photography project and much more!!

Doors open on June 1st, at 7PM.

Price and ticket options:

  • $60 – Dinner + ticket (seating guaranteed)
  • $25 in advance/$30 at the door – ticket that includes one drink (beer, wine or well drink)
  • $15 in advance/$20 at the door – general admission ticket

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We will also have an art auction at the event featuring 6 pieces presented below  for your advanced viewing. This has been made possible by the generous contribution of artists who have shown great support to the youth empowerment and peacebuilding cause. Their details are below with the corresponding pieces. We would also like to thank again the very talented Syrian artist Kevork Mourad for his generous donation last year of a priceless piece. His other work can be found here: http://www.kevorkmourad.com/

Proceeds from this event will be used to towards peacebuilding initiatives of Syrian Youth for Peace, which is working to empower youth in Syria to become facilitators of peace in their communities. We believe Syrian Youth have the ability to make a difference in the towns where they live. They not only understand the culture and norms, but also know the people and local influencers. Therefore, our activities in 2014 are aimed at mobilizing and building the skills needed for young Syrians to be leaders in their communities in conflict resolution through non-violent approaches. Youth may not have power and money, but they have something far greater, energy and hope. Lets support them in being positive members in their community. Our 501(c) status is currently being processed, so unfortunately donations are not tax deductible at this time. We really hope to see you there to enjoy the great music, good food, and fun networking opportunity.

If you can’t make it, please consider making a donation. Also, please do not hesitate to send us a message with any questions or suggestions.

Thank you!

Jasmine Echoes Flyer

Jasmine Echoes Flyer

Thank You

Dear Supporters,

Since we last met, Syrian Youth for Peace (SYP) has proceeded with great enthusiasm and promises. Your generous contribution back in July 2013 has allowed us to sponsor, along with our friends at PCRF, the heartbreaking injury case of a child in Syria.

A young Syrian boy was severely injured with great damages to part of his face. As promised, your gracious donations went towards helping covering his medical expenses in Lebanon where he currently is treated. He was screened by PCRF and arrangements are now in progress to fly the Syrian boy to the United States to receive associated healthcare.

We hope that, as he heals, he and the rest of the Syrian youth will overcome the challenges brought to them as a result of this conflict and continue to pursue peace within their communities.

We also wanted to take that opportunity to inform (or remind) you that another portion of your contributions has gone towards training Syrian Youth in the peacebuilding field, with a focus on educating and advocating for non-violence, conflict resolution approaches, and social cohesion. SYP has also grown tremendously since this summer and has many activities planned for 2014 in which we will communicate to you in the coming months and for which we asked you to stay tuned and supportive.

All details will be available on our re-branded website where we also look for your feedback or comments.

We again deeply thank you for your support and hope to continue, with your generosity and help in spreading the message, on the path of peacebuilding and youth empowerment.

Thankfully

Columbia Training

Fundraiser & Concert

Syrian children are in critical need and we are kindly asking for your support!

Please join us for a fundraising buffet dinner and concert, with a special presenter, Syrian Actor Adham Murched, and featuring Syrian musician Kinan Azmeh and his band, and Syrian singer Gaida and her band. There will also be an auction of various artwork.

Featuring Gaida and Kinan Azmeh

Featuring Gaida and Kinan Azmeh

Where: Moustache Restaurant in New York City, 265 East 10th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A)

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When: July 11, 2013 at 7:00pm

Price: $40 per ticket ($50 at door)

Proceeds from this event will be used to pay for medical expenses of a Syrian child in need as well as go towards peacebuilding initiatives of Syrian Youth for Peace, which is working to empower youth in Syria to become facilitators of peace in their communities. Our 501(c) status is currently being processed, so unfortunately donations are not tax deductible at this time.

We really hope to see you there to enjoy the great music, good food, and fun networking opportunity. If you can’t make it, please consider making a donation.

Also, please do not hesitate to send us a message with any questions or suggestions. Thank you!

About Us

We are a grassroots, Syrian-led, youth movement working to heal the wounds from violence, to strengthen our common values, dreams, and goals, and to nurture relationships among our people in order to bring back stability and peace to our communities and rebuild our homeland, Syria.

Our Goal: As facilitators of peace in our communities, our aim is to build resilience to violent conflict and strengthen Syrian values and traditions of reconciliation, harmony and tolerance.

Our Approach

We are working to empower Syrian youth by establishing a network that connects Syrian youth with peacebuilding practitioners, the international community, and with each other, to enhance their capacities to effectively mitigate conflict and rebuild trust in Syria. In parallel, our strategy includes facilitating dialogue both at the community level, among stakeholders, but also using social media to advocate for non-violent approaches to resolving conflict.

  • Mobilize and train Syrian youth expatriates and nationals interested in becoming peer educators and peacebuilders.
  • Empower Syrian youth to engage stakeholders and “movers and shakers” in the community to facilitate dialogue and maintain social cohesion.
  • Connect Syrian youth with a network of professionals (researchers, doctors, teachers, nurses, psychologists, conflict resolution practitioners, professors, and others) to support them in rebuilding Syria.

Our Perspective

The unrest that began in 2011 has resulted in the loss of thousands of Syrian lives, displaced millions of people internally, and caused a flight of millions more to neighboring countries and beyond. The economy has been devastated and the social cohesion Syrians once took pride in has been imperiled by fear, resentment, and distrust.

We recognize that the situation of social cohesion varies from town to town and that the various perspectives about conflict, all of which are valid, are based on each community’s experience with violence and repression. Stereotyping and demonizing of ‘the other’ have been manifested in the local Syrian language, with new terms now being used in everyday life that are increasing polarization and insecurity.

While conflict is a natural fact of life that is inherent and inevitable, it is how we deal with conflict that can lead to either positive or negative outcomes. We are working together to reinforce our Syrian values and traditions, to create new mechanisms based on those values, so that future responses to conflict do not lead to violence. Recognizing that Syria’s prosperity and development is contingent on peace requires that Syrians take ownership of the reconciliation process.

Recognizing the power of our youth and the role they will have in influencing Syria’s future is of utmost importance. Securing Syria’s future requires the empowerment of our youth to be facilitators of peace in their communities and active agents for reconciliation.