PAYCE Stories

PAYCE Stories
A podcast series created by young adults about making a difference in the United States, Palestine, and Jordan. Hear short, inspiring profiles of young adults using different forms of civic and political engagement. Season one was made by Palestinian…

What I have is my paintbrush
Jan 3, 2019 • 5 min
Lina’s art is her activism, and she doesn’t let her fear stop her.
Try it: You will find yourself
Jan 3, 2019 • 5 min
A workshop invitation changed Youssef Qahwaji’s career path.
Crack the walls
Jan 3, 2019 • 5 min
Ruba Ahmad challenges the notion that women should only belong in the private sphere.
From burden to success
Dec 27, 2018 • 5 min
Summer 2018 Jordanian protests and advice for dealing with failure are the themes of this episode.
Unconventional politics to change the narrative
Dec 27, 2018 • 7 min
Hanan describes Omar’s work in “unconventional politics” through his job as a liaison to international visitors and his workplace.
The conflict makes us more creative
Dec 27, 2018 • 5 min
A series of unconventional choices informs Lama Amr’s life of civic engagement
Addressing women’s challenges
Dec 27, 2018 • 5 min
Ala’ Hamamreh believes that economic independence for women is the place to start making change.
A passion for women’s empowerment
Dec 20, 2018 • 6 min
Fadi profiled Ala’, an advocate for women’s entrepreneurship and digital media in the Shaghaf Foundation.
Live life for yourself
Dec 20, 2018 • 4 min
It’s up to the individual to decide when they will follow someone else’s request, and when they will follow their own intuition.
Productive agression
Dec 20, 2018 • 6 min
PAYCE Fellow Maddie Bjork explores the issue of women’s empowerment through the story of Ruba Ahmad.
Palestine, not Pakistan!
Dec 13, 2018 • 5 min
Putting a positive spin on all aspects of life is how social entrepreneur Lama Amr makes her way.
Art became my voice
Dec 13, 2018 • 6 min
Lina found inspiration to use her art to represent her homeland political issue.
I did it, and I’m here
Dec 13, 2018 • 5 min
Omar Husseini explains how work and weekend farming are his forms of advoacy.
Pre-season Trailer: Bringing Students Together
Dec 11, 2018 • 1 min
PAYCE logistics expert Omar Husseini on his pride in the PAYCE Program
Trailer Season 3
Dec 10, 2018 • 1 min
Trailer Season 3
Not your habibti
Oct 12, 2018 • 7 min
To challenge the harmful effects of gender harassment, Yasmeen performed an art project called Not Your Habibti to draw attention to the problem of how women are seen as possessions rather than subjects in control of their bodies and stories.
Unheard Palestinian stories
Oct 12, 2018 • 6 min
Baha’ Ebdeir created organization to create beauty out of pain through giving space to tell stories. However, he and the club ran into a challenge.
Poverty in Palestine: Radio essay and making a change
Oct 12, 2018 • 6 min
PAYCE Fellow Noura (An-Najah National University) talks about many issues related to economic struggle and poverty.
Apathy and social media
Oct 12, 2018 • 6 min
Taylor argues that social media counts as political engagement because it is a way to become educated, connect with others, and express important views.
Representing the people left out: A young adult campaign to be Alderman
Oct 12, 2018 • 5 min
Hassan Essa ran for office as a twenty-something. Though he didn’t win, he shifted the talking points within the city to focus more on poor people’s issues.
Reflections on my dream to become a teacher
Oct 12, 2018 • 4 min
Myqueal Lewis (Florida A&M U) presents this moving radio essay about his aspirations to become a teacher.
Disability, the University, and Occupation
Oct 10, 2018 • 3 min
Storytellers Shadi and Yousef interview Harhash, who is the head of the Disabled Committee at AQB.
One minute of norms
Oct 10, 2018 • 7 min
It was an experiment that, although imperfect, presented feminist commentary and challenged norms. Art opens dialogues necessary to create a change.
How I did it: Building an early career to combat hunger
Oct 10, 2018 • 6 min
Ten percent of New Hampshire residents are food insecure. Abby Sprackland is a young adult working as an Americorp Member at a food bank to combat hunger. UNH-Manchester Student William Duval interviews Sprackland about her work and the nuts and bolts…
I truly love my community: Young adult immigrant activism
Oct 10, 2018 • 4 min
Kenia Calderon is an activist and recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) living in Des Moines, Iowa.
A Florida conversation on gun violence in schools
Oct 10, 2018 • 4 min
his episode was made right after the Parkland School Shooting and legislative advocacy to address the issue. This conversation reflects the raw urgency.
Who was the first woman president?
Oct 9, 2018 • 4 min
From a young age, Pheobe Clark pushed for gender justice. How has that shaped her life and perspective? In this podcast episode, Reeda Alji (Al-Quds Bard) considers Phoebe’s story in tandem with her own efforts to end gender segregation through a summer…
I could add value.
Oct 9, 2018 • 5 min
At age 18, Josh Hughes learned there was an open seat on his rural school district board. He stepped up. A passionate advocate for public education, Josh explains to PAYCE Fellow Kelanie Crosswait about what motivates him to take an active role in…
The road less traveled
Oct 6, 2018 • 6 min
Noura Abu Ghosh (An-Najah National University) reflects on her interview with Latinx advocate Marlu Abarca.
Demand Your Rights
Oct 5, 2018 • 7 min
Abshir Omar Mahamed, a 26-year-old Somali refugee and Muslim, made the bold decision to run for the Des Moines (Iowa) City Council.
Don’t wait your turn
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 min
PAYCE Fellow Hala Jaffal (Al Quds-American Studies) profiles Abshir Omar Mahamed, a 2017 Des Moines City Council candidate.
Our city needs to have important conversations
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 min
PAYCE Fellow Ala’ Hamamreh (Al-Quds American Studies) talks to Des Moines Public School Board member Dionna Langford about her efforts to address race and class inequalities in her district.
PB & J (Phoebe and Justice)
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 min
Inside the nuts and bolts, philosophy, and strategy of activism through a profile by PAYCE Fellow Meredith Howe
Finding Your Way in Politics
Oct 4, 2018 • 4 min
Peter McLaughlin serves as the Director of Elections and Candidate Research at Project Vote Smart in Des Moines, Iowa.
Organizing & empowerment
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 min
What does it mean to be a feminist organizer? For Iowan Ash Bruxvoort, it’s organizing events for women to tell their stories and create trust in relationships.
The kids are all right, right?
Oct 4, 2018 • 3 min
Jill Applegate works for one non-profit in which she speaks up for kids in a tough political environment.
Making Local Change
Oct 4, 2018 • 4 min
PAYCE Fellow Genesis Buckhalton (Drake University) describes how Marlu focuses on local change to bring cultural awareness and to represent the Latino community in Iowa.
Your Vote is Not a Chocolate
Oct 3, 2018 • 6 min
Peter McLaughlin, Vote Smart’s Director of Elections and Candidates Research, explains why nonpartisan research is his passion and vital to American democracy.
Farms, Feminism, and Organizing
Oct 3, 2018 • 6 min
Ash Bruxvoort is a young adult active in a local Democratic Socialists of America party and the Iowa Women, Food, and Agriculture Network. PAYCE Fellow Majd Aburrub (Al Quds-Bard) considers what we can learn for ourselves by following Ash’s example.
The Change You Want to See
Oct 3, 2018 • 5 min
Fatima Hashem (An Najah National University) connects the lines in the story of Drake University student and school board member Josh Hughes.
Phenomenal Woman
Oct 3, 2018 • 5 min
The youngest African-American woman to serve in Des Moines, Dionna Langford describes how obstacles she faced have helped to shape her perception of what changes need to occur to repair and rebuild Des Moines.
Dear Future Generations
Oct 3, 2018 • 5 min
PAYCE Fellow Afnan Abbasi (Al-Quds Bard) profiles Des Moines children’s rights advocate Jill Appelgate.