The Contrast Project works with youth in using digital media as a tool for expression, empowerment, nonviolent activism, and advocacy. The project started in 2006 with two youth groups in the Bethlehem area of the occupied Palestinian territories, and has since expanded to working with youth in six refugee camps throughout the West Bank. The Contrast Project is also starting to work with youth in the Washington, DC, area.
The goals of the Contrast Project are to provide youth with technical and artistic skills; offer youth a therapeutic means of creative expression; empower youth through educational trainings; provide youth with viable alternatives to violence; and advocate for the needs and rights of youth at the local, regional, and international levels. For more information, visit www.contrastproject.org. The Contrast Project was started by Julie Norman who participated in the undergraduate LTP course at the Center for Documentary Studies in the fall of 1999.