NewGen Peacebuilders trains and equips high school students to:-Truly understand drivers of conflict and peace;-Imagine innovative solutions that create change;-Take action to address an issue impacting quality of life in a community or communities.
The result is empowered young people who are equipped to actively resolve conflict and build bridges for the rest of their lives.
The NewGen Peacebuilders- Charlotte, Spring 2017 program will accept up to 60 students, grades 10-12, from eleven diverse high schools in Mecklenburg County. Up to six students will be selected from each participating school. The program spans 12 weeks over the course of the spring semester and is delivered as an extracurricular activity.
Applicants should be aware of the following key dates and activities (attendance/participation in all of these events is required for successful completion of the NewGen Peacebuilders program):
-FEB 3-4- IMMERSION WORKSHOP I TIME: 8am-3pm (Fri, Jan 27); 9am-4pm (Sat, Jan 28)
-FEBRUARY 7 - MARCH 9 - WEEKLY CONFERENCE CALLS with GUEST SPEAKERS Four conference calls (one per week) will take place during this timeframe. Each conference call features a local, national or international peacebuilder as a guest speaker. Participants join the calls remotely using their cell phones. Exact dates and times TBD; conference calls last one hour each week. Before each call, participants complete a short pre-read or video. After each call, participants submit a short written reflection.
-MARCH 10-11- IMMERSION WORKSHOP II TIME: 8am-3pm (Fri, Feb 24); 9am-4pm (Sat, Feb 25)
-FEBRUARY 27 - APRIL 21- PEACE PROJECTS Participants are coached and mentored to design and implement team action peace projects. Students from each participating school comprise a "team" in the Charlotte, Spring 2017 program. Commitment: 2-3 hours each week.
-APRIL 22- IMMERSION WORKSHOP III TIME: 9am-4pm Family, friends and supporters of the program are invited to a public presentation of peace project results and closing celebration during this workshop.
Youth peace education is not just a strategy for the future. Today’s young people have unprecedented awareness of global issues, access to information and technology, and energy for questioning traditional methods of problem solving. NewGen Peacebuilders equips young people to be informed agents of peace right now.
The NewGen Peacebuilders team looks forward to reviewing your application!