Hammad Hammad

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Through Camp “I Have a Dream,” English courses, and other workshops, over 1,000 young Palestinians have received resources to forge brighter futures for themselves.

Winner/Finalist Info
Finalist or Winner: 
Finalist
State: 
MA
Describe what this winner does/did: 
Growing up in the West Bank, Hammad’s daily commute to school was punctuated by pedestrian check points which left him feeling subhuman, every single day. He moved to the U.S. at 16, but the plight of Palestinian refugees, particularly youth growing up in crowded camps void of hope and peace, stayed with him. He co-founded Inspire Dreams with an Iranian-American Jewish classmate and an Asian-American classmate in order to provide academic, athletic, and arts-based programs in these camps, where over 50% of the population is eighteen years old or younger. Through Camp “I Have a Dream,” English courses, and other workshops, over 1,000 young Palestinians have received resources to forge brighter futures for themselves. Said one camper of her experience, “Someone asked me what my dream was and showed me ways of making it true.”
Year in which award/grant was awarded: 
2011