As a young man, Mahmoud got into trouble and spent time in prison. While he was behind bars, he came to understand that violence is not the way and he vowed to himself that upon his release, he would do all that he could to ensure that children from his community not end up in trouble like he did. After his release Mahmoud was accepted at Al Quds University from which he graduated with a BA in social sciences. Mahmoud is our social worker, caring for the children and monitoring their progress outside of school hours. It is his job to interact with the students' families and encourage them to understand and embrace the YBR methodology. Mahmoud is married and has children.