OTISFIELD, MAINE | Seeds of Peace is celebrating the graduation of its 5,000th Seed from the organization’s intensive leadership program at the Seeds of Peace Camp.
“5,000 is a significant milestone,” said Seeds of Peace Executive Director Leslie Lewin. “We look to reach as many people as possible, and invest heavily in each of these Seeds so that they are equipped to become effective agents of change who are able to impact their wider communities. I am so proud of each one of them.”
The milestone comes in the organization’s 21st summer of bringing together young leaders from countries of conflict.
With two sessions of Camp this summer, Seeds of Peace hosted a near record number of participants: 334 campers and 49 adult educators.
Each Seed experienced over 1,500 minutes of facilitated dialogue led primarily by graduates of the organization’s Facilitation Course in Jerusalem, as well as hundreds of hours of team-building, group challenge exercises, and sports and arts activities.
Campers returned home to Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine, and the US with a new set of skills, understanding, and relationships that will be further developed through local follow-up programs.