Sarah (Stoney) is dedicated to youth activism in divided cities and in supporting youth in bridging the gaps between each other and between their realities and their visions of justice. Stoney most recently served as a restorative justice analyst at the New York City Department of Education and spent summers as the director of a day-camp at the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Jerusalem. Prior, she was the Youth Programs Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, was a counselor at Seeds of Peace, and completed the Seeds of Peace Dialogue Facilitation Course. She has spent her career working alongside brave and courageous youth in Jerusalem and in New York City, and believes deeply in the power of youth voice.
In addition to her work in Israel-Palestine and the United States, Stoney has had the privilege to learn alongside activists and educators globally through her nomination and participation in IPCRI’s Jerusalem-Belfast Forum study tour in Northern Ireland; the YALA Young Leaders MENA Conference in Jordan; the Erasmus+ Storytelling in Youth Work Training at the Storytelling Centre in Amsterdam; and as a part of the Freie Universität Berlin – Hebrew University study tour on Memory, Remembrance, and Public History. Together with her partners and colleagues at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, she was the recipient of the IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East in 2017.
Stoney has led invited workshops on youth experience in divided cities at the Adam Institute Dialogue in a Mixed City Symposium, the USMA Urban Affairs Conference, the Columbia University AC4 Sustaining Peace Forum, and at the Reimagining Education Summer Institute at Columbia University Teacher’s College.
Stoney completed a BA in Middle East Studies from Columbia University and an MPA in Urban & Social Policy (with a focus on Education Policy and a specialization in Management) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She has learned more from the creative and brilliant youth of IntegrateNYC, Kids4Peace, Hand in Hand, NYC public schools, and Seeds of Peace than in any classroom.