Since 2011, Seeds of Peace has brought more than 150 students from the five Syracuse City School District High Schools to the Seeds of Peace Camp in Maine.
Partnering with Interfaith Works of Central New York, the Syracuse Seeds Leadership Program continues with year-round initiatives that empower student leaders to develop and enact plans to create more peaceful cultures and climates in their schools.
Syracuse, located in central New York State, has a long history of diversity and engagement with social justice. It was one of the ends of the Underground Railroad and is now a Haven City for refugees from all over the world. There are approximately 3,300 refugee students in the school district and 73 languages spoken.
The city also has one of the highest concentrations of Black and Latino poverty in the United States, and it is the ninth most segregated city in the country. Violence, bullying, racism, xenophobia, unemployment, low graduation rates, and crime are all issues facing Syracuse communities.
In order to build bridges between these communities, Interfaith Works of Central New York and Seeds of Peace give young leaders from Syracuse the opportunity to form strong relationships, built on mutual trust and understanding, and the skills needed to engage and impact their peers, schools, and communities.