“At the first camp, we found what was needed and wrong in the world. I came to this camp to learn how to execute change.” – Emily, Atlanta
For the third year, Kids4Peace’s most committed youth (age 15-16) met for a 12-day Leadership Camp at Acer Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont.
The camp is the culmination of a year-long program that prepares them to be leaders both in Kids4Peace and in their schools and communities. Next summer, the graduates of the Leadership Camp will complete a training course to be counselors in other K4P programs.
In addition to horseback riding, high ropes courses, and time for swimming and sports, each day at Camp featured leadership skills training and inspiring presentations by visiting diplomatic, civic and religious leaders.
This year’s visitors included
- Leena El-Ali, Vice-President of Strategic Development at Search for Common Ground
- Rabbi Michael Cohen (@RabbiMichael) of the Arava Institute and Alliance for Middle East Peace
(Read Rabbi Michael’s recent op-ed in the Jerusalem Post about the importance of programs like Kids4Peace)
- Imam Bilal Ansari, Muslim Chaplain at Williams College
- Frank Fetchet of Voices of September 11th
- Dr. Yakir Englander, Vice-President of Kids4Peace International and Fulbright Scholar teaching at Northwestern University.
During facilitated dialogues each night, the Leadership youth touched painful issues of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, while maintaining the trust and respect they have developed through four years of friendship. They grappled with identity, racism, equality and responsibility for ending the conflict.
Read more in a feature article by the Brattleboro Reformer.