My volunteer agency, the LAYLAC Center, is a youth empowerment center that allows for a safe and fun environment for the youth of Dheisha Refugee Camp to interact with their peers and with international volunteers. On any given day, one can find a group of teens and young volunteers, making activist documentary films, dancing Dabke, or just drinking coffee and hanging out in the rooftop lounge.
Every time I come in to LAYLAC, I meet countless talented and incredible young adults. I honestly feel like I wasn't able to contribute much through my own volunteering, but I have learned immensely from my time hanging with these Palestinian shabab. They are an incredible group of people who will lead the next generation, and I feel blessed to have spent my summer hearing their stories and learning from them.