NewGen Peacebuilders is a youth peace education program that emphasizes the role of young people in achieving a peaceful world. The curriculum and facilitation draw on a variety of academic and experiential peace education resources and integrate best practices in global education. Participants earn recognition from District 7680 and certification as youth peace ambassadors recognized by the Rotary Action Group for Peace.
WHO: The program is designed for groups of high school students (ages 14-18) or university students (ages 18-25). Members of Interact and Rotaract Clubs are strongly encouraged to apply, as service club experience is a good foundation for participation. The program is also open to students outside the structure of these clubs. Generally, a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 students is required for program delivery. Program facilitators are certified in the NewGen PeacebuildersS process, and many are Rotary Peace Fellows.
WHAT: During the program, students define peace, explore the role of young people as peace leaders, design and implement peace projects, and
make presentations to family members and community groups about what they’ve learned and accomplished. The standard program takes place as
an extra-curricular activity over a span of 10 to 12 weeks* and includes:
- Immersion Workshop I: “Foundations of Peace” (2 Days)
- Immersion Workshop II: “Effective Peace Project Management” (1 Day)
- Immersion Workshop III: “Peacebuilding Skills and My Personal Peace Plan” (2 Days)
NewGen Peacebuilders includes frameworks such as the Global Peace Index, the distinctions “Negative Peace” and “Positive Peace,” and four conference call discussions with inspiring guest peacebuilders. The program is designed and overseen by Rotary Peace Fellow and North Carolina resident Patricia Shafer with input from Rotary Peace Fellow facilitators on five continents. In 2014, students completed peace projects addressing domestic violence, urban food deserts, fundraising for educational materials in conflict countries, and more. Several graduates used their peace project experience to qualify for national youth leadership awards.
WHERE: The program typically takes place on-site at participating schools. When there are multiple schools involved, a central location is chosen or
workshop locations rotate.
WHEN: Fall or Spring semester cohorts are offered each academic year. Special Summer sessions are also possible, including an alternate option of a combined 5-day immersion workshop followed completion of a peace project.
COST: There is no fee for students. Tuition of $500 per participant is funded through Rotary Clubs which may also apply for District 7680 grant support. Tax-deductible individual and corporate support is also invited.