“I’ve realized that we can do so much more than we thought we could do, before we got here” – David P., Jewish, Jerusalem
10 days of intense dialogue, workshops, skill building, and new interactions helped form a new wave of young leaders. Our 2018 Global Institute graduates are ready to stand up for what they believe in, fight to make their community and the world a place of change, commitment and peace. This group of 50 youth, half from Jerusalem and half from across the US, are an inspiration and proof that change is possible and age is not a factor in determining success. After their participation in the Global Institute, they have seen their own leadership potential and are ready to use it and continue taking action.
“Kids4Peace is like one family. I’m never nervous or shy to talk in front of them because I know that all of the members of Kids4Peace are like brothers and sisters to me and I really appreciate how close we are” – Qais, Muslim, Jerusalem
It is hard to believe that this tight-knit group did not know each other prior to the Global Institute. The bonds formed here are so strong, strong enough to overcome the differences in opinion and ideas of the world that they may have. And that further emphasizes and proves the importance of respectful dialogue, mutual listening, and understanding. Tough conversations were brought up on a day-to-day basis over this program and these conversations often led to further dialogue outside of official programing. But despite these differences, these young leaders understood that friendship and differences of opinion are not mutually exclusive. Leadership is about considering all points of view and taking them into account when making a decision. Leadership is about communication and honesty. Leadership is being able to say ‘I understand you,’ even if don’t share the same view. Leadership is overcoming your fears and challenges that come up. Our youth learned all of these lessons, among so many more, during the Global Institute. And they return home motivated, energized, and capable of achieving greatness. We believe in their power to create change and we can’t wait to see what they do next.
“We may have different beliefs and religions but we are all similar in that we are all striving to make the world a better place.” David R., Christian, 15