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.
EARLY ACT FIRST KNIGHT
EARLY ACT FIRST KNIGHT IS CHARACTER EDUCATION WITH IMPACT!
EAFK is a wonderful way for our District Clubs to positively impact the lives of students in grades K-8.
Who: The football field is lined with 700 students chanting their school cheer “All Day –All Knight.” An additional 100+ teachers, staff, parents and visitors
are clapping for the class of 2018 as they enter the stands. The excitement builds as the announcer introduces the teams and they gallop onto the
field – Sir Jefferson, Sir David, Sir Timothy, Sir…wait a minute! Those aren’t football players. They look like knights in armor on horses. And those
cheerleaders look a lot like Royal Queens and Princesses. And the helpers on the field look like squires with lances and rings.
This is not a football game. It is the annual kick off tournament for Early Act First Knight, a Rotary sponsored character development program that teaches students what it means to put Service before Self. During the tournament and throughout the daily curriculum, students see examples of what it means to be “Fair to All Concerned.” The Four Way Test is incorporated into daily studies and traits such as Honesty, Tolerance, Confidence, Citizenship and Perseverance are studied using Rotary and current events as teaching examples. Rotarians are involved as role models and mentors working with the school on a monthly basis.
What: Auditoriums and cafeterias are transformed into medieval castles. Students gather in anticipation of who has been selected from each class to be
recognized for the character trait each month. Teachers prepare and read Accolades –the reasons each student was selected. Medals are awarded
by Sir Jefferson with assistance from Queen Suzannah or Queen Angela. Older students are “knighted” with a sword and all receive certificates of
Knightly Character. Parents are secretly invited to see their students receive the awards. The entire ceremony is a spectacular media event that ends
with everyone reciting the Four Way Test.
How: The final component of EAFK is the in-school service club. The club is chartered just like an Interact Club and officers are elected. The club chooses
a local and an international service project to reinforce the service component of Rotary. Clubs may choose to have their EAFK Club visit, and the
student officers even preside over a meeting of the sponsoring club; often, the sponsoring club will include their EAFK club in socials or other club
Contact Suzanne Amos, District Chair, EAFK at 704-739-3300.