NEW YORK | Twenty-six new American/UK and New York City Seeds who graduated from the Seeds of Peace Camp this summer met for a day of planning and reflection on September 17.
The Small Hall Sessions program was held at the headquarters of Street Squash. The program gave the Seeds a chance to share about their experiences at Camp and their return home, as well as look ahead to Seeds of Peace programs in the coming months.
“Many of them talked about feeling that friends and family don’t truly understand the breadth and depth of their experience and longing for similar conversations as the ones they were having at Camp,” said Clarke Reeves, Seeds of Peace’s Programs and Development Manager, who organized the event.
“It was exciting to get feedback on what types of programs the Seeds were hoping to see and how we can make them logistically more feasible.”
The day also gave the Seeds an opportunity to learn about their respective programs—the American/UK Seeds took part in dialogue at Camp focused on the Middle East or South Asia, whereas the New York City Seeds focused on divides in the United States.
Six Seeds who were unable to attend the program in person took part in a phone call that followed the same trajectory as the in-person meeting.