Arvada, CO (PRWEB) December 15, 2004
Iranian Shirin Ebadi, who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts for democracy and human rights, focusing especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children, is now a member of the PeaceJam Foundation. She joins the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Jody Williams, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Dr. Oscar Arias, Betty Williams, Jose Ramos-Horta, and Sir Joseph Rotblat as a focal point of the award-winning PeaceJam youth programs.
Ms. Ebadi participated in her first PeaceJam Youth Conference last week in Nairobi, Kenya.
PeaceJam is an international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform their local communities, themselves, and the world.
After working with the Nobel Peace Laureates for a weekend, the young people then return to their community to begin working for positive change. The results after 92 PeaceJam Youth Conferences, the last of which was held in Nairobi, Kenya? PeaceJammers have succeeded in creating teen centers, diversity programs, AIDS prevention projects, conflict resolution workshops, aid for the
homeless, violence prevention programs, meals for senior citizens -and their work continues on.
PeaceJam Youth Conferences are scheduled in the USA and around the world in perpetuity.
It is the year 2004, and there are more than two billion teenagers alive on this planet. Nearly half of the world's population is under the age of twenty. We are in the "era of the Global Teenager." And yet, this generation is a generation in crisis. Most teenagers do not yet identify themselves as people who can generate greatness in the world. Our young people are plagued with overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness. These feelings are universal and transcend racial, political and economic boundaries.
The PeaceJam Foundation was founded in 1996 in Denver, Colorado to address this need. PeaceJam is built around Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom that they embody. The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform themselves, their communities and the world.
PeaceJam is a year long, on-going educational program for youth. The
participating Nobel Peace Laureates are directly involved in developing the curriculum and the program itself. PeaceJam is the only organization in the world which has these Nobel Peace Laureates working together long-term for a common cause - our children.
Since the PeaceJam program was launched in March of 1996, over 100,000 teenagers worldwide have participated in the program. Each student has had an average of 45.5 contact hours with their teacher, mentor, community leader, or PeaceJam staff member. Through the PeaceJam program, 140,000 new service projects have been developed and implemented, and thousands of new volunteer opportunities for youth have been created.
The PeaceJam program has a powerful impact. As one student wrote after her first PeaceJam experience, "PeaceJam says, I know you've got promise and potential; PeaceJam reaches in and pulls it out of you." Evaluation data shows that 93% of those who participate in a PeaceJam Youth Conference leave believing that "one person can make a difference," and 97% felt that because of their experience in PeaceJam, they would be peacemakers for the rest of their lives.
The PeaceJam Foundation relies heavily on volunteer involvement. This past year, almost 1,500 volunteers participated in the program worldwide. Our volunteers are mainly middle and high school teachers, college students, high school students, and community activists. It would be impossible to deliver the PeaceJam program without the efforts of our many committed volunteers.
Please view our website http://www.peacejam.org for more information.
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