About the Leadership Program
The Leadership Program empowers older youth with peace building skills to make positive change in their communities, both now and amid the challenges of adulthood. Participants are young women and men age 14-16: Jews, Christians and Muslims from Israel, Palestine and the United States.
During the two week camp, participants live in community, sharing daily tasks and meals, while enjoying the outdoor activities Vermont has to offer. They meet with experienced religious, diplomatic and civic leaders, like Ambassador Phil Wilcox of the Foundation for Middle East Peace , and former fighters from Combatants for Peace, who are now committed to nonviolence. Leadership workshops teach them public speaking and conflict resolution skills. And in dialogue sessions, they engage in honest conversation about how the conflict affects their lives, how religion contributes to violence and peace, and how they can work — together — to achieve their common hope for a better future.
The Goals of the Camp are threefold:
- To develop greater responsibility, initiative, self-expression, communal awareness, and good-will in each camper.
- To deepen personal, national and religious connections between American, Israeli and Palestinian youth.
- To strengthen the campers personally, intellectually and spiritually to be effective leaders and peacemakers, for a future beyond the status quo.
The Leadership Camp is a partnership between Jerusalem Ministries at Acer Farm, Kids4Peace International, clergy, diplomats, teachers, peacemakers and private donors.
The Rev. Nicholas Porter & Dorothy Porter
K4P Leadership Camp Video: Young Peacemakers, In their Own Words
“Peace is very difficult, but we have worked at it a long time …”
Kids4peace is an interfaith peace education organization dedicated to encouraging children of different cultures and faith traditions to explore their differences and similarities and to learn understanding tolerance and respect while fostering sustainable friendships across the lines of conflict.