We have two distinct tracks for students wishing to participate in our Camp Program in Maine each summer:
1. American students and students living in the United Kingdom who join the American/UK Delegation and who take part in dialogue with fellow students from the Middle East and South Asia to learn about the daily reality of the conflicts in which they live.
2. While Seeds of Peace has an existing focus on Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Syracuse (New York), and the state of Maine, we are accepting and reviewing on a case-by-case basis applications from new locations as well. Students who join this program take part in dialogue that focuses on identity, community, power, and privilege within the United States.
Following Camp, Seeds from all delegations return home and actively translate their experiences back to their schools and communities with locally provided programming. These year-round activities further empower students with the relationships, nuanced understanding, skills, and influence needed to develop as leaders and create positive change.
CAMP 2019 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
1. Middle East, South Asia, American/UK Camp Session in Maine
• For students from the United States and the United Kingdom
• Grades 9-11 (with a strong preference for grades 9 & 10)
• June 27 – July 18, 2019
We have opportunities for youth from across the United States and the United Kingdom to join the American/UK Delegation by participating in our Middle East and South Asia dialogue program at Camp (in Otisfield, Maine) along with Seeds from Egypt, India, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, and Palestine.
American and UK campers are participants in the program in every sense, from bunk life to activities to daily dialogue sessions. As Seeds, their identities, relationships, and opinions concerning the Middle East and South Asia are an important part of the conversation. Campers provide their own perspectives and experiences during discussions of history, identity, and politics that take place during daily dialogue sessions, while learning first-hand about the lives and realities of their peers and the core conflict issues in the Middle East and South Asia.
The knowledge and skills American and UK Seeds gain at Camp apply as much to their own communities as to communities around the world. For this reason, Seeds of Peace strives to create a culturally and ethnically diverse delegation.
CAMP 2019 APPLICATIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE IN NOVEMBER
2. United States Camp Session in Maine
• For students from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Syracuse (New York), the State of Maine, and potentially other communities across the United States
• Grades 9 and 10
• July 24 – August 11, 2019
With over 15 years of experience working with young leaders from Maine’s refugee, immigrant, and American-born communities, Seeds of Peace has brought its identity and experience-based dialogue program to cities across the United States, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Syracuse, and the state of Maine.
At Camp, Seeds will have the opportunity to engage in a program that fosters self-reflection, self-growth, and interpersonal learning which allows them to acknowledge and move beyond the stereotypes, prejudices, and mistrust of others and difference, while also having an opportunity to meet and interact with Seeds from their home city or from across the country.
Daily dialogue sessions create safe spaces for Seeds to share their stories, experiences, and beliefs, while exploring concepts of identity (race, religion, gender, culture, etc.) and beginning to unpack the systemic issues of power, privilege, and oppression. Dialogue sessions also focus on analyzing stereotypes and misconceptions and teach leadership skills they can use to engage their peers.
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Students may only apply for one of the two sessions, but will have the opportunity to express an interest in the other. Students should apply for the session that they are most interested in.