Youth Groups Given Opportunity to Meet Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Youth groups in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa will have the unique opportunity to interact with a Nobel Peace Prize winner when the second Heartland PeaceJam Youth Conference is held at William Woods University in November.


However, to participate, each youth group’s adult leaders must first attend a one-day training session in late September.


Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala will be the featured Laureate at the conference Nov. 10-11 at William Woods entitled, “Healing Communities Torn by Racism.” She won the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize for her work as a peaceful advocate of native Indian rights in Central America, her leadership for indigenous people around the world and her involvement in the women’s rights movement. She is also a presidential candidate in her native country of Guatemala.


PeaceJam is an on-going, international education program featuring Nobel Peace Prize winners who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. Through learning about and meeting these master-peacemakers, youth between the ages of 14 and19 come to realize the truth of “one person making a difference.”


PeaceJam Foundation and its two co-founders were recently nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. Originally nominated by Mairead Corrigan Maguire, a 1976 Nobel winner, five other Nobel Laureates have endorsed this nomination.


Maguire stated, “They have created a model peace education program, which has now been transformed into a global youth movement designed to tackle the very toughest issues facing our planet. These young people give me incredible hope.”


Teachers, advisors, scout and 4-H leaders, church group leaders, coaches and other youth mentors, such as parents, who are interested in PeaceJam are encouraged to participate in a one-day training session that will prepare them for bringing their group to this year’s Youth Conference.

PeaceJam Ambassadors will:


• receive the new PeaceJam Ambassadors curriculum,


• network with others interested in service, service-learning, peace and youth empowerment,


• lead young people and watch as they make a difference in their local community and around the world, and


• have the opportunity to spend a weekend with a Nobel Peace Prize winner.


Youth leaders can choose between two locations and dates—Sept. 20 at John Dewey Learning Center in Lecompton, Kan., and Sept. 22 at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. Both sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The cost is $100 for two attendees from each group. Included are PeaceJam Ambassadors curriculum, PeaceJam overview video, Nobel Laureate video, lunch, support from the Heartland Region PeaceJam staff and eligibility to bring a group of young people to PeaceJam Heartland Youth Conference in November.


For more information about PeaceJam Heartland Youth Conference 2007 or about becoming a PeaceJam Ambassador, contact Scott Miniea at 573-592-1633 or scott.miniea@williamwoods.edu.