The Center for Youth Economic Empowerment envisages a Palestine where young people have the skills needed for economic success, as well as access to broad and durable networks of businesses, entrepreneurs and decision makers. We believe that providing students with these opportunities will contribute to increasing freedom and equality in Palestinian society.


We are committed to a strategy that recognizes and attempts to overcome local challenges, for a responsive, tailored and effective approach to youth, and especially women’s, economic empowerment

We encourage students to see themselves as stakeholders in society

We work towards a positive community through advocacy and partnerships

We tailor our programs to address the obstacles women face in the job market

We give youth the educational and vocational skills needed to excel in the job market


The Palestinian Centre for Youth Economic Empowerment evolved out of the successful Step Forward Program launched by Sharek Youth Forum in 2004, and was established formally in 2011. CYEE came in response to the deteriorating economic prospects of young people in the wake of the Second Intifada. With greater reach across the Palestinian Territories and an increase in the programs provided, CYEE builds on the work of Step Forward, to better address youth unemployment and economic empowerment of young women and men.


Our Team

Sahar Othman, Executive Director

Sahar Othman graduated from Birzeit University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Sahar oversees programs' design and implementation, advocacy initiatives, monitoring and evaluation, as well as supervising all staff. Her work contributes to the economic empowerment of young people, through a range of initiatives in the West Bank. Previously, Sahar worked with Sharek Youth Forum since its establishment in 2004 as the programs and PR director, and continues to be very active in advocating for youth across Palestine through working at CYEE. You can contact her at sahar.othman@cyee.ps

Aseel Abuassba, Projects Coordinator

Aseel Abuassba graduated from St. Olaf college, Minnesota, USA with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies (2015). Shortly after coming back to Palestine, Aseel joined the CYEE team as a Projects Coordinator. Prior to CYEE, Aseel held internships at The Advocates for Human Rights, Middle East Institute, and Project on Middle East Democracy. You can contact her at aseel.abuassba@cyee.ps

Jana Al Juneidi, Projects Assistant

Jana graduated from Birzeit University in 2015 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  After graduation, Jana began working at CYEE as a Projects Assistant who provides administrative support to the CYEE team. Prior to CYEE, Jana worked at Birzeit University, and volunteered at Sharek Youth Forum. You can contact her at jana.aljuneidi@cyee.ps 

Diana Kharaz, Field Officer

Diana studied Management at Al-Najah University and has 7 years experience of working with youth and volunteers, and carrying out campaigns. She is currently a field officer for the Northern area of the West Bank at CYEE. You can contact her at diana.kharraz@cyee.ps 

Ahmad Abu Farha, ICT Coordinator

Ahmad is currently working at CYEE as an ICT Coordinator. He graduated from Arab American University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Technology. After graduation, Ahmad began working at Galaxy technology as an IT trainer, and trained courses on Information Technology. You can contact him at ahmad.abufarha@cyee.ps