Mapping U.S.-based Peacemakers

In an effort to understand our collective power as peacemakers in the United States, Communities in Transition (CIT) and PeaceTech Lab are mapping the location of conflict transformation practitioners, mediators, dialogue facilitators, circle holders, religious peacemakers, non-violent communication, interest-based negotiators, restorative justice practitioners and other practitioners and peacemaking organizations residing in the U.S.. Add your name today!

Apply to become a “Young Champion of the Earth”

Young Champions of the Earth, a program of The United Nations Environment Programme and Covestro, is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. Each year, six young people – one from each global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life. Application deadline: June 18, 2017.

Global Citizenship~World Class Education News

The Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030 is working on a year long video news project titled “Global Citizenship~World Class Education News” that will feature video or freestyle success stories from organizations that are learning about best practices to advance the work of global citizenship. If you are interested in participating in this project, please send the Coalition a freestyle video statement (via camera phone) from your office on your work as related to global citizenship.

YouthPower Learning Grants RFA: Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism

Making Cents International under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded contract YouthPower Learning is launching a request for applications: YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism.

Editorial cartoon by SIGNE WILKINSON, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2017.

Palestinian Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Disinvited from Speaking at Friends School

The Global Campaign for Peace Education supports statements of action and solidarity promoted by the American Friends Service Committee and others to stand in solidarity with all those negatively impacted by the events related to the cancelled speaking engagement of Sa’ed Atshan, a Palestinian Quaker and an assistant professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College, who had been invited to speak to Friends Central Upper School students on February 3rd. The cancellation of this event by administrators led to student protests and the indefinite suspension of two teachers.

A call to Address Identity-based Violence through Teach-ins at American* Universities

While identity violence is not unique to the US it is in our own society that we have the opportunity and responsibility to take civic action toward overcoming it. American universities have a history of rising to such challenges, producing responses of learning/action on campuses across the country. The IIPE believes that the new epidemics of hate, particularly Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, should be similarly confronted by the academic community. We invite you to share resources and join us in undertaking teach-ins on campuses and in communities across the US and around the world.

Accept the Peace First Challenge

Peace First is launching the Peace First Challenge – a call to action for teams of young people in the United States to create powerful solutions for issues in their schools and local communities. If you are between the ages of 13-24, we challenge you to change your communities for the better by crossing lines of difference, standing up for yourselves and others, and joining with others to solve community problems. Together, show the world the power young people have to be a force for good! Registration deadline: February 10.

American Foreign Service Association: National High School Essay Contest

This is the 19th year of this contest that encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about The United States Foreign Service. This year the spotlight is on a clear and present challenge: the growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. Contest deadline: March 15, 2017.