Commitment to Action

YaLa-Young Leaders Online Academy

Commitment by

Peres Center for Peace

In 2012, Peres Center for Peace committed to launching the YaLa Online Academy as an extension of their program, YaLa-Young Leaders. YaLa Online Academy is a free, online higher-learning institution for YaLa members throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and it is the first-ever MENA-wide online academy that empowers youth with the skills needed to lead the region towards peace and prosperity. Peres Center for Peace will partner with the world's top academic institutes and companies to create its curriculum. Peres Center for Peace plans to run a pilot of the Academy by delivering six courses across disciplines to a group of 300 YaLa students from Israel, Palestine, and the entire MENA region. This group of YaLa students will represent diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds, enabling Peres Center for Peace to develop and fine-tune the full academy project.





YaLa-Young Leaders Online Academy



Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value



Middle East, Africa


Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia

Commitment by

Peres Center for Peace


Princeton University, Facebook, Harvard University, Columbia University, Harvey Mudd College, University of Michigan, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard Company, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, YaLa Palestine, Sabanci University