Professional Development of Palestinian Youth

by Arab-Americare Foundation

I hope this update finds each of you in the best of health and spirits. We are ending another great year; and wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our progress made for the upcoming cycle of Professional Development Training, which is expected to be held January 31st, 2016 to February 11th, 2016.

As you know the goal of the professional development program aims to help Palestinian recent university graduates obtain practical knowledge and skills that will help them in their job-hunting efforts and better equip them for the work environment. We wanted to share with you at this time all the topics that are expected to be offered in the upcoming cycle, which include the following.

  • Computer Skills
  • Coaching skills and workplace Environment
  • CV writing and interview skills
  • Business writing skills
  • The elevator pitch
  • Business English
  • Effective communication skills
  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Presentation skills
  • Personal branding
  • How to motivate yourself
  • Problem solving at work place & positive thinking
  • Self-knowing & building self esteem
  • How to be a team player or a team leader
  • Emotional Intelligence and How to Initiate
  • Book keeping (Principals)
  • Palestinian Labor Law

We are excited that there will be several new topics offered in the upcoming session, which are those topics in bold that we believe will be an added value to the overall training. The total hours for the training shall be 65 hours. Additionally, due to the large number of partcipants we are expecting to attend the training, we are planning to offer two separate sessions for the above topics to accomodate two different groups of participants. Also, our organization lets the experts on ground provide the training to our participants. For the upcoming session, we are expecting to have 7 trainers, where the trainers are not all affiliated with one institution. 

In the next reporting period, we will provide you with additional details regardng the training, including pictures and testimonies from participants.

We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Dear all, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our latest development here in the West Bank regarding our Professional Development program. As you know, our professional development program aims to help recent university graduates obtain practical knowledge and skills that will help them in their job-hunting efforts and better equip them for the work environment.

This is the first time we have extended professional development training courses to recent graduates of Bethlehem University, which took place August 3rd to August 9, 2015. The duration of the course totaled 37 hours.  We wanted to share with you the below subjects, including sub-topics addressed under each subject, which participants received training in, to give you a full picture of the type of material our beneficiaries learned.  Under some of the subjects, we’ve also shared with you some testimonials given by participants related to that specific subject.

·     Business and Email writing
-      Introduction to technical writing.
-      Types of technical correspondence – memo, letters, abstracts, emails.
-      Revising and editing.
-      Punctuation.
-      Organizing ideas in a useful fashion.
-      Report writing.
-      Proposal writing.
“I learned how a report must be written and what  elements a good report must contain. In addition, I learned how to deal with the employer and how to engage in good communication.”
“The trainer used suitable methods to deliver the ideas and  I thought this was very useful.”
“This was a new topic for me. So I learned new skills.”

·     English Language
-       Using impressive range of learning resources.
-       Communicate effectively, accurately and confidently through solid grammar work, a focus on high-frequency vocabulary and regular well-Structured.
-       Job Roles.
-       Those needing to improve their English language skills, whether for  business needs, educational advancement, or everyday conversation.
-       Prerequisites
-       Vocabulary
-      Reading & listening
-      Task & Speaking
-       Functions& Situations
·     Impression Management
-      What is the management and importance
-      Effective presentation
-      Effective communication techniques.
-      Interpersonal communication.
-      Business communication.
-      Listening skills.
-      Curriculum development.
-      Raising organizations’ communication
·     CV writing / Presentation / Branding
-      Writing an effective resume
-      CV/resume definition
-      Why is a resume important
-      Fact sheet
-      Different types of resume
-      Chronological resume
-      Functional resume
-      Combinations CV
-      Presentation
-      What your CV should always include
-      Other information
-      What your CV should never include
-      Action words
-      CV checklist – content
-      CV checklist – design
-      A winning CV is
-      What are employers looking for
-      Cover letter
-      Structure of a cover letter
-      Interview favorite questions
-      Tips

·     Time management
-      Personal time management.
-      How to use time.
-      Work in priority order.
-      Planning, allocating, setting goals, analysis of time spent, monitoring, organizing and scheduling.
-      Customer service.

“This was a very important topic. Wasting time has many negative effects.”
“This session was very informative.”
“As a recent graduate, this subject made me realize that I should manage my time more.”
“I have learned how to manage my time, and how to create goals and achieve them in the shortest period possible.”

·     Coaching and leadership
-         Leadership skills.
-         Skills management.
-         Teams and groups.
-         Presentation skills.
-         Project planning.
-         Self motivation.
-         Delegation
-         Project planning.
-         Self motivation.
-         Delegation
-         Body language

·     Computer Skills
-         Concepts of Information Technology (IT)
-         Using the Computer and Managing Files-Windows
-         Word Processing
-         Excel Processing
-         Spreadsheets
-         Presentation

“This session helped develop my skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.”

Enclosed is the training report with more details, as well as additional testimonies for your review.

Warm regards,


I hope this greeting finds each of you in the best of health and spirits. Ramadan Kareem for those observing Ramadan during this holy month. We are just about to complete another cycle of professional development training, and would like to bring you up to date, and share with you details of the latest training, some testimonials and pictures.

We have partnered with a new organization HRD (Human Resource Development) for this current cycle to conduct the training to recent university graduates. In the past, beneficiaries of our professional training program were from Birzeit University; and we are pleased to announce that for this cycle we also have attendees from Al-Quds University. Due to the large number of participants attending the training this cycle, we have divided the training into 2 sessions: the first session which finished on June 29th; and the 2nd session is currently in progress. 

Topics for the training included: 

  • Business and Email writing
  • English Language
  • CV writing / Presentation / Branding
  • Time management
  • Coaching and leadership
  • Computer Skills

 We received positive feedback from participants, and wanted to share with you what some of them had to say: 

"The Arab Americare Foundation is US based organization that concentrates on developing professional and economic wellbeing of Palestinian young graduates. This organization achieves its mission through the Palestinian Youth Leadership Program. It provides professional training and enhances the employability of young professionals. On a personal level, the training course has benefited me in many aspects. It taught me how to construct an efficient CV and cover letter. Moreover, it helped me develop a certain idea about people, as each and every person is different, with different personalities and characteristics. Therefore, different approaches need to be undertaken to treat people, whether they are customers or employees. Furthermore, it emphasized on the importance of time management, since people can be more productive and efficient through organizing their time. Finally, it helped me understand the importance of researching, preparing, and communicating to prevent potential crises within a company, and the steps that need to be undertaken to deal with such problems." Alexandra 


"As this course has enriched my personal and professional skills, I believe I am capable now of being a good interviewee and employee. As a fresh graduate, I have studied the theories and did internships, but this intensive course have added more beneficial information I will definitely use every day of my career life and will open ways to get a job. Finding people who understand what the market needs, and what skills we should have to meet these needs, creates wider opportunity to get a job and be a part of building our country. This is a lifetime chance." Lina 

"It was a golden opportunity to engage in this wonderful training in HRD with Arab AmeriCare to enhance my abilities in the work filed Arab AmeriCare Foundation allowed us this opportunity which has increased significantly my practical experience, this training add an important topics to our skills that’s required in work filed, the training in my opinion has achieved its goals which is to create highly skilled graduates to make them ready to talk there first step in there career , at the end I would like to thank Arab AmeriCare Foundation for everything." Mohammad  

As well as, we are also in the process of planning to offer professional development training classes to recent university graduates of Bethlehem University, in which we are aiming to have sometime this summer; and will share with you details of that training in the next report.







Dear all, may this update find each of you in the best of health and spirits. Happy Spring.  

We recently completed another round of professional development training, which was held January 31 to February 6, 2015. The training was conducted by Ritaj for Managerial Solutions. I wanted to share with you the following testimonies from 2 participants that attended this past session:

“These courses taught me how to be prepared for an interview, and now I feel confident handling future interviews.”

“I learned how to market myself and how to define the thing that will distinguish me from others, and I learned that after I have a job, I must participate in the decision making process in that company.”

Enclosed for your review is the following information:

The training report prepared by Ritaj that includes information on participants, detailed information on the topics covered in the training, etc.    
Additional testimonies provided by participants, as well as,
Several pictures capturing the training session.

Our next professional development session is scheduled for June. Our foundation values the importance of building greater relations with diverse institutions on ground to conduct the training; and we are happy to announce that HRD, (which stands for Human Resource Development), is a new company that will be offering the training for our upcoming session. To learn more about HRD, you can visit their website at: <>

Warmest regards,


Dear All, Happy New Year!

As the new year begins, we look forward to offering more recent university graduates with professional development training; and equally excited to be working towards investing in the growth and capacity of young professionals through knowledge and skill-building.

We wanted to express our Warm Wishes to you for an amazing, healthy, and happy 2015; and to keep you in tuned with our professional development program.  

We are currently in the planning stages for our upcoming professional development training, which is expected to take place in the next several weeks. One new development we’d like to share with you is that in addition to having a local private company conduct the training, we are also thrilled to have professors from Birzeit University support our professional development training initiative, and is also expected to participate in training participants in the upcoming session.

In our next report, we would have completed our upcoming training session; so we look forward to sharing with you greater details regarding the training, i.e. topics, feedback, testimonies, pictures, etc.
Thank you, warm wishes, and again Happy New Year!  

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Arab-Americare Foundation

Location: McLean, Virginia - USA
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Project Leader:
Victoria Azer
McLean, Virginia United States
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