“Two years ago we filled this same room [at the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem] with Kids4Peace alumni from 10 years of our programs,” shouted Kids4Peace Executive Director Fr. Josh Thomas to a room full of cheering youth and parents. “Today we fill this entire room with only ONE year of Kids4Peace!”
Over 250 Kids4Peace Jerusalem community members came together with their families for an evening of inspiration and looking forward to the new year. Kids4Peace Jerusalem Directors, Education Directors, and Steering Committee chairs welcomed the 7th-12th grade youth and families, shared upcoming opportunities for involvement, and showed a slideshow of the 7 summer camps that went on despite the increased violences this past summer.
While staff were available with program dates and descriptions and the Steering Committee presented opportunities for parent leadership, the youth enjoyed picking up their official camp pictures, decorating picture frames for each other, writing thank-you notes to sponsors, watching the 2014 slide show, and of course lots and lots of drumming.
“Despite everything we’ve been through as a community, we are sticking together. We are stronger than ever,” said co-director Rebecca Sullum. “We have heard from you, our community, that it’s time to take our message to the world and we’re ready for that. It is going to be an incredible year.”