Jumpstart Youth Peace Campaign in Cyprus is an EU-funded project approved as part of the EU’s initiative to strengthen Cypriot Civil Society. The project has been implemented from February 2009 to February 2011. The project aimed to promote dialogue and cooperation among Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot, and in the long run contribute to the reconciliation process in Cyprus. Main applicant has been the Turkish –Cypriot organization Youth Center Union, which jointly implemented the project with Future Worlds Center. The Overall Coordinator for the project was Huseyin Kursat.
More specifically, the project aimed to:
- Increase confidence building between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot youth 18-30 years
- Create opportunities for youth to actively engage in reconciliation activities
- Promote inter-cultural dialogue and its methods and language as a concept and as the means for envisioning a future Cyprus
- Enable Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot youth to challenge their own stereotypes and perceptions as well as to develop the capacity to challenge those of the community at large
‘Jumpstart Youth Peace Campaign in Cyprus’ offerred the opportunity to Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot youth to participate together in capacity-building trainings and become actively involved in the organization and implementation of activities around youth- related issues, in the areas of Human Rights, Environment and Entertainment. The project culminated with the implementation of a “Jumpstart” Peace and Reconciliation bus tour with activities at different destinations