January was a busy month across Kids4Peace! Our youth leaders gathered for meetings in Cincinnati and Seattle. In Jerusalem, youth gathered with the larger community for their annual Winter Event! In Seattle K4P youth facilitated a panel discussion on youth activism and gathered with more than 50 of their peers to build skills for making their voices heard for change!
The Cincinnati Core Youth Leadership Team met on January 6th at Adath Israel Congregation. One of our core youth leaders, Jocelyn, couldn’t make it physically so we brought her in via video chat! The youth led a lively discussion around the Cultural Festival they are planning for April 28th. We had a few major breakthroughs as we figured out who was going to contribute food, activities, and performances to the festival. We also welcomed back two students who have not been able to attend for several months. It was good to see them and they were eager to be back with the group. We finished the meeting with a few fun games that produced several smiles and lots of laughter.
Our Core Youth Leaders had a busy month in Seattle. On January 10th they met to finish preparations for Make Your Voice Heard, our third annual Youth Advocacy Workshop. The following weekend was a busy one with youth planning and hosting a Youth Activism Panel on Saturday, and then hosting 56 of their peers for our annual Advocacy Workshop! The youth activism panel included Jamie, the founder of Zero Hour, Rhiannon, founder and organizer with March for Our Lives Seattle, and Sabreen, a local youth activist with the Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington.
On Thursday, January 17th, more than 300 people gathered at our Winter Event in Jerusalem. Hallel and Omar (current youth participants in K4P) served as our hosts. The event included photos, videos, and 4 youth participants who shared their personal stories with those in attendance.
When asked to share her reflections on the winter event, Hallel wrote, “I think the winter event is a really special evening that allows us as K4P youth to show our friends and family what being a part of this organization really means.”
During Ariel’s speech at the event, he shared, “It may take a long time to get to know one another, it may feel like you are not getting anywhere; but, seeing the human being in the other is the only way we can have a better future.”