Youth empowerment and employability

Fostering Economic Opportunity for Vulnerable Young Men and Women

According to the World Bank, only 41% residents of the West Bank between the ages of 15 and 29 were active in the labor market in 2017. In Jordan, among young Syrian refugees and children whose families have lived in Palestinian refugee camps for generations, the chance for employment as a path to economic stability is similarly small.

Enter the schools of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem where vocational programming for high-risk students is deeply valued. Whether it is the co-ed wood-working workshop at the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf or the culinary arts program serving refugee youth at Schneller School in Jordan, the schools of the diocese recognize that real-world job skills are at the heart of providing the chance for meaningful employment and economic gains for vulnerable families.

Youth empowerment and employment
Culinary arts students from impoverished refugee families gain practical employment skills at Schneller School in Jordan.

Diocese of Jerusalem Schools Offering Vocational Education.

A photo of teenage male students in a classroom at Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Jordan.

Holy Land Institute for the Deaf, Salt, Jordan

A safe haven of peace for 150 children and young people ages four to 25, the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf offers a full range of therapeutic services for hearing-impaired, deaf, and deaf-blind students, a K-12 academic boarding program and a wide range of...
A photo of boys crowding around a school desk for picture. At Theodor Schneller School, Marka, Jordan

Theodor Schneller School, Marka, Jordan

Founded in 1959 by Hermann Schneller and graduates of the Schneller Orphanage in Jerusalem, which was established in 1860 as the “Syrian Orphanage,” the Theodor Schneller School in Marka, serves 270 impoverished children, including a boarding program for 90 students, in grades K-10. The boarding...