We are proud of our many Seeds who are making their diverse voices and viewpoints heard.
That’s why we’re so pleased to offer a glimpse at their experiences and their work to create change in this series, Seeds in the Lead.
Student Leaders Rising
- American Seeds have mobilized in the wake of the March for Our Lives movement, making their voices heard in the gun violence debate within the United States. American Seed Bryson and the youth-led activist organization he founded, Coalition Z, was mentioned in a Salon article, as was American Seed Violet.
- Chicago Seed Journey, whose community health collective UMedics has been in the spotlight since she saved a shooting victim’s life, was recently profiled on Mic and Viceland.
- American Seeds Abby and Shamma each published articles in The Forward about their frustration with their school’s lack of support for the national school walkout for gun reform.
- Chicago Seeds organized a dialogue on gun violence at their school open to Seeds across the city, while Seeds from Maine, Syracuse and LA led dialogues on gun violence and led school walkouts.
- Maine Seed Mazin was interviewed on NBC News about his role representing 450 Sudanese people living with temporary protective status in a lawsuit against the US Government.
Celebrating Our Seeds’ Achievements
- Israeli Seed Ariel was selected out of 8,000 applicants to present his ideas at the FTSummit, where young leaders and innovators from all over the world gather to discuss the technologies of the future.
- Indian Seed Teju launched her own design studio in Mumbai; check out the work she did for a Voices of Partition exhibition.
- Israeli Seed Liat, who represents the Jewish Agency in Northern Virginia, developed a platform to connect bereaved families from Israel and the US to enable a conversation about loss and grief and to foster connection between families facing loss.
- Egyptian Seed Mariam launched Beladna (“Our Country”), a board game meant to enrich players’ knowledge of the diverse culture, history, and regions of Egypt.
- Maine Seed Mohammed was awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship to pursue Graduate Studies in Public Service. He plans to pursue studies in international relations and law at Bowdoin—where last month he was elected President of their Student Government! Mohammed also published a piece calling for action against Islamophobia.
- Israeli Seed Eyal travelled to South Africa on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and the Israel Export institute. There, he met with senior executives from local financial, telecom, and healthcare industries to share cybersecurity techniques, to provide greater cooperation and investment in safeguarding technological systems and networks, and to promote peace and understanding.
- Israeli Seed Inbal was selected as a recipient of a PEO International Peace Scholarship Award for 2018-2019.
- Afghan Seed Mujib has published stories in The New York Times over the last few months, including one documenting a professional wrestler killed in a recent bombing in Kabul, another highlighting the difficult push for education in Afghanistan, a third profiling a refugee, and a story covering the impact of a regional drought. Mujib was also recently interviewed by CNN about his experience as a journalist in Afghanistan.
- American Seed Rena published a piece on her experiences traveling with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence in Palestine and Israel, including reflections on her time since leaving Camp.
- Palestinian Seed Yazen published an article on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. He outlines his experience as a student in the United States and the ongoing struggles for justice and equality in both the United States and Palestine.
- American Seed William, NYC’s Youth Poet Laureate, called for stricter gun laws through spoken word in the wake of ongoing gun violence across the United States. His performance of his work was published on NowThis.
- American Seed Eli wrote in The Huffington Post about his experience at Camp and being a Seed.
- Palestinian Seed Mahmoud published an op-ed in Harvard Kennedy School’s Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy advocating for the inclusion of young people in Palestinian politics.
- Israeli Seed Ilan, who conducts research on digital diplomacy at Oxford University, was featured in an article about his recent speech at the Warwick Congress.
- Palestinian Seed Dalal wrote a Mother’s Day appeal to Melania and Ivanka Trump in a +972 Magazine article describing how teaching tolerance is becoming more difficult as American policies sow division and violence. She is also heading an exciting new partnership between the University of Montreal and the Arab American University in Palestine. More details to come soon!
- Israeli Seed Rita co-authored an article on the global rise in urban violence with US Army Major John Spencer for the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
So many Seeds around the word are doing amazing work and making an incredible impact. Is there anything or anyone we missed? If you’re working on an amazing project that somehow slipped under our radar, please send it our way or sound off in the comments below—we’d love to hear from you!