Participants in the Peace Leader Program gather monthly during the school year for leadership skill building, recreational activities, interfaith dialogue, overnights, and community service projects. There are separate programs geared to the interests and abilities of those in middle school and high school.
These programs provide opportunities for youth to develop, refine, and apply their peacebuilding skills throughout a six-year experiential curriculum that allows participants to develop empathy, insights, and skills. With each activity, participants have the opportunity to explore, extract meaning, and think in new ways.
The actions of middle and high school youth show that K4PB is succeeding in its mission. K4PB teens are making a difference by:
- planning and implementing outreach programs to promote interfaith understanding through the annual Interfaith High School conference and interactive workshops for youth and adults at local organizations;
- serving as peer leaders, running activities for younger participants;
- standing up for tolerance and diversity in their schools and communities by resolving real-life conflicts and taking action for change;
- doing service throughout the Greater Boston area;
- promoting social justice and inspiring others to embrace peace by sharing their ideas through articles, blogs, and social media; and
- participating as Youth Advisors on the K4PB Board of Directors.
Those who participate during the school year have opportunities for additional summer programs (by grade-level) including overnight camps, urban service learning, and a global leadership training. These experiences help young people develop a global perspective on peace through interactions peers not only from the US, but also with Israelis and Palestinians.
Today’s Kids4Peace Boston Peace Leaders are Jews, Muslims, and Christians from a variety of neighborhoods, cultures, races, mosques, churches, and synagogues in the Boston area. They give Kids4Peace Boston a teenager’s highest compliment: They show up. More than 70% stay involved. And so do many of their families.