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In honor of International Peace Day, over 100 Seeds and supporters marched in Augusta, Maine, during our annual Bridges to Peace event to bring awareness to the nearly 6,700 Seeds of Peace alumni working to create change in communities divided by conflict around the world. #peaceday#B2P
Happy New Year to those celebrating Rosh Hashana!
@globalgoods, which sells the Peacemaker bracelet pictured below, has a pop-up shop at the @canalstreetmkt in New York until March 2018. Stop by and check it out! Global Goods Partners is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to promoting social justice and creating economic opportunities for women and net proceeds of the bracelet are donated to Seeds of Peace.
Here are the hours for the pop-up shop:
Mon – Wed: 11AM - 7PM
Thurs – Sat: 11AM - 8PM
Sun: 11AM - 6PM
A group of Maine Seeds has been instrumental in creating a gender-neutral dress code for their local high school that has been a big success and involved engaging in dialogue with the students and the community. Lewiston high school senior and Maine Seed Abdul addressed a school committee earlier this week to explain the new policy has resulted in "three things the school wants to create: trust, communication and respect." Sounds familiar! Read the article: http://ow.ly/fjsU30fbnco. #leadership
Congratulations to Israeli Seed Lior, who was named the new Executive Director of Yesh Din ييش دين יש דין, an Israeli organization that focuses on human rights in the West Bank and Gaza. Lior previously oversaw the Settlement Watch project at @peacenow_il.
Chicago Seeds held their first post-Camp meeting at the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center. The group discussed the difficulty of coming back home from Maine to a world that seems to exhibit even more outward racism and intolerance. They ended the meeting with brainstorming action plan ideas for their schools and communities. #leadership
A group of Egyptian Seeds held a car wash fundraiser earlier in August at the Heliopolis Sporting Club in Cairo for the eighth year in a row! The proceeds are split between a local charity and Seeds of Peace programming in Egypt. #leadership
Palestinians and Israelis who attended the Seeds of Peace Camp this summer came together to talk about their experience of returning home through dialogue, creative writing, and a theater workshop. They also explored different ways they can create change in their communities. #leadership
As we close the 25th summer of the Seeds of Peace Camp, we reflect on the 349 young leaders and 34 educators who join nearly 6,700 alumni around the world. Our staff in the Middle East, South Asia, and the U.S. are working hard to support them with programming throughout the year, including dialogue and leadership workshops, so that they can create the change they want to see in their communities. #leadership#dialogue#conflicttransformation
Another example of Americans engaging in difficult #dialogue: a group in south Florida has been meeting to discuss racial issues that divide their community. The group says the dialogue "has convinced us of the power of the tongue as an important point in constructing an anti-racist future for our communities and our nation." Read the @miamiherald article: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article166624097.html.
In response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia in the US last week, a group gathered in Illinois to engage in difficult dialogue. Participants were told to "get uncomfortable" and have meaningful conversation that they hope will lead to action. Read the @chicagotribune article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-charlottesville-response-tl-0817-20170814-story.html.
Thank you to all the people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the Seeds of Peace Camp happen this year!
@GlobalGoods Partners, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to
alleviating poverty and promoting social justice in the Global South sells the “Peacemaker Bracelet,” the proceeds of which go to Seeds of Peace. Check it out! https://globalgoodspartners.org/collections/bracelets/products/peacemaker-bracelet
Camp is quiet, but the world outside is not. 160 young leaders from our US session have just returned from camp. Here, many of them found their voice. They return stronger and ready to address the division in their communities to build a society rooted in empathy and inclusion. We stand ready to support them in their endeavors.
Read the Camp Report: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017.
Campers and counselors prepared to say goodbye to their Camp friends who have become like family. In between packing and searching through the “lost and found,” we had dialogue, a Quaker silent meeting, swimming, discussions about continuing programs at home, the final match of Ga-Ga, a memorial service, a slide show, and the last bunk night. Read the Camp Report: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017.
The second and final day of Color Games began with the Peace Canoe races before breakfast. The Blue Team won the games, followed closely by Green. Read the Camp Report: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017.
This year's United Nations International #YouthDay is focusing on "Youth Building Peace." Today, we celebrate the nearly 7,000 Seeds of Peace alumni leading efforts to create change in their communities. Learn more: www.seedsofpeace.org/seeds. #Youth4Peace#leadership
Campers get into Color Games competitions and present their incredible talents at the variety show. Read the Camp Report: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017.
Last night, campers and staff dressed up for Multicultural Night. They ate food and danced to songs from the various cultures represented at camp this session. Read the Camp Report: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017.
Pakistani Seed Ayyaz explains that the inspiration for his life’s work came from his experiences at Camp, where he and his business partner, Pakistani Seed Qasim, “realised while talking to our Indian friends was that it was very difficult to have a peaceful conversation because both sides didn’t know what the other side had been taught.” They launched @thehistoryproject_official, which “holds workshops in select institutions across India and Pakistan where students are presented with two narratives side by side.” Photo via LittleIndia.com (http://littleindia.com/partition-one-story-two-narratives/).
@dishoom restaurant in London is celebrating the upcoming Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan by handing out white rakhis (thread), representing peace and compassion, to its customers. They invite you to "tie them on someone of a different faith, nationality or culture, as a knot of protection." For every rakhi tied, Dishoom is generously donating £1 to Seeds of Peace! Learn more: www.dishoom.com/raksha-bandhan. #RakshaBandhan
This week, the PS group welcomed our neighbor across the lake, CEO of Hancock Lumber Kevin Hancock, into the "Trophy Room," where the group of returning campers meets everyday for an advanced leadership program. They talked with Kevin about his experience of losing his voice to an illness and discovering the power of listening, realizing that his job as a boss was not to assume power, but to empower those around him. #leadership
This session we are working with young leaders from across the United States, including 84 from the state of Maine. Today’s #TBT takes us back to when U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine met with Seeds and Executive Director Leslie Lewin in Washington, D.C.
As dialogue becomes more challenging, campers spent evening activity bonding with their delegations. Read the Camp Report: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017
Seeds of Peace recently partnered with the Bombay International School School and The Womb Tales to bring together Seeds and other young leaders to learn about the concept of “Appreciative Inquiry.” Participants learned to discover their own strengths and design a path to achieve their goals, addressing issues such as global warming, terrorism, and bullying. Students were taught how to find hope in any situation and recognize their power as change makers. #leadership
Yesterday, Seeds of Peace joined local residents at the Bell Hill Meetinghouse in Otisfield, Maine, the town where our Camp is located. Tim Wilson, who has shaped the Maine Seeds program, told the crowd that Seeds of Peace inspires people to be “good human beings,” plain and simple. Habeeba, an Egyptian Seed and now a counselor, spoke eloquently about her camp experiences, saying “I went to camp hoping to prove my reasons for hate. What I found instead was love… and there was no going back to the way things used to be, to the hate I had harbored.” And Matt, a Maine Seed from Portland, moved the audience by sharing how he grappled with issues of identity and power in America during the Maine Seeds program. Thank you, #Otisfield, for 25 years of support! #maine#leadership
Yesterday, 161 young leaders and 14 educators arrived from across Maine, Syracuse, Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. Follow their journeys: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017. #leadership
Session two starts today and the counselors and facilitators have been prepping for the arrival of campers from across the United States–from New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, Maine, Syracuse, and Chicago. This session will tackle issues facing schools and communities in the US, including racism, sexism, economic inequality, gun violence, religious intolerance, and homophobia. Their dialogue sessions will explore concepts of identity and help the campers understand and analyze dynamics like power and privilege. Read the Camp Report: www.seedsofpeace.org/camp2017. #leadership