Know a 7th – 12th grader interested in joining Kids4Peace Boston’s School Year Program? Email email@example.com for details!
During the school year, participants in the K4PB Peace Leader Program gather monthly for leadership skill building, recreational activities, interfaith dialogue, overnights, community service and advocacy projects. There are separate programs geared to the interests and abilities of those in middle school and high school, and participants come back and learn more each year thanks to K4PB’s recursive experiential education model. (Learn more about our Youth Empowerment Model here.)
Year after year, the K4PB Peace Leader Program provides opportunities for youth to develop, refine, and apply their peace building skills. Our experiential curriculum allows participants to develop and continually deepen their empathy, insights, and skills. Regardless of how long youth have been in the program, with each activity, participants have the opportunity to explore, extract new meaning, and think in new ways.
Over the course of the program, the diverse group of K4PB teens actively gain and use leadership skills; take action for pressing social justice issues; strengthen their appreciation for the faiths, cultures, and experiences of others; and build a strong community by having fun and sharing meaningful experiences together. They share openly and honestly about their own lives; participate in activities that give them experience using relevant skills (for example, how to regulate emotions during a challenging conversation, or how to collaborate with a diverse team); learn about political and social justice issues in a nuanced way that challenges them to consider all sides of an issue; and take appropriate action through service, advocacy/lobbying, and more.
The actions of K4PB’s middle and high school youth show that K4PB is succeeding in its mission to train, educate, and inspire youth to become interfaith leaders for peace and social justice. K4PB teens are making a difference by:
- helping to organize and lead the annual K4PB Day of Action, dedicated to fostering change and justice through advocacy and dialogue
- planning and implementing outreach programs to promote interfaith understanding through events such as the annual K4PB Day of Action and by leading interactive interfaith workshops for youth and adults at local organizations
- serving as peer leaders, running activities for younger K4PB participants
- standing up for tolerance and diversity in their schools and communities and resolving real-life conflicts that arise around them
- volunteering and participating in service projects throughout the Greater Boston area
- promoting social justice and inspiring others to embrace peace by sharing their ideas through articles, blogs, social media, and speaking engagements
- participating as Youth Advisors on the K4PB Board of Directors and on the Youth Program Advisory Board
- and much more.
Find out more details about some of the impressive work that K4PB youth leaders do to create a more just and peaceful society here.
Kids4Peace Boston school year participants have opportunities to attend summer leadership training programs (by grade level) including overnight camps, service learning, a global leadership institute, counselor training, and more. These programs enable participants to deepen a wide variety of skills, such as dialogue facilitation, problem solving and conflict resolution, and advocacy. Some of these experiences also help young people develop a global perspective on peace and social justice through interactions with peers not only from around the US, but also with Israelis and Palestinians.
Today’s Kids4Peace Boston Peace Leaders are Jews, Muslims, and Christians from a wide variety of neighborhoods, cultures, races, mosques, churches, and synagogues in the Boston area. They give K4PB a teenager’s highest compliment: They show up. More than 70% stay involved, as do many of their families. They do so because Kids4Peace Boston is a place where they can form deep friendships that are different from those they make elsewhere, and where they are valued as leaders and change makers who have an important role in making our world a safer, more accepting, and more just place.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join or for more information.