Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm

And they’re off!

The first week Peacebuilders 2016 ended this afternoon with laughter, hugs, promises to keep in touch, expressions of gratitude, and many vows to come back next year. Our campers returned to their home communities with full hearts and minds, and with commitments to take action to bring about peaceful change on issues that matter to them. Our staff, too, have full hearts as we send them off, confident that these young people are poised to be powerful advocates and partners in the work for equality and dignity for all.

Session 1 campers committed to working toward the following goals over the next several months. We’ll be checking back in with them and can’t wait to share stories of these actions and others that our newest graduates accomplish. Look out world! Here they come!

  • I will interview a disabled friend about what it’s like to have a disability and film the interview to help people become aware of people with disabilities.
  • In the next six months, I will sell the jewelry that I make to the volunteers at Global Village Project and use the money to give to Ms. Susie so she can help more GVP students come to Peacebuilders Camp.
  • For the next two months, I will pick food from my garden and not waste the leftovers, then share with family and friends.
  • By the end of September, I will learn about homelessness in Cobb County by researching on the internet. I’ll ask my brother to help me. I’ll write four or five paragraphs about what I learn and share it with Peacebuilders Camp to put on their website.
  • For the next six months, I will have dollar bills with me whenever I go to a restaurant or store and I will put money in the awareness or donation jars for different causes. I will keep track of the amount of money I give.
  • For the next two months, I will pass out food to the homeless every Saturday. I will have my family help me out by driving me around to feed homeless people.
  • I would like a more peaceful neighborhood that is also active. I can do this by starting a basketball tournament. Also educating them about the benefits of being more active. The first basketball tournament will be held in October, 2016.
  • I will focus on pollution control. I will start recycling with my family. I will make sure I volunteer in a program in school to pick up trash. I will translate and talk to people who don’t speak English about pollution. I will invite my friends and family to volunteer and recycle.
  • I will have posters that say “Everyone has a right to rest and leisure” and post them at parks and playgrounds.  I’ll ask my friends to help me make the posters.
  • For the next three months, I will give $20 per month to the Wounded Warriors Foundation. I’ll ask an adult to mail the money, or I’ll donate where I can directly.
  • While my family is moving, I’ll make sure we give pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags to Nicholas House.
  • I will focus on the right to a fair and public hearing. Mainly, I will focus on homeless persons and immigrants. The skills I will use are my writing, communication, and research abilities.  I will write four letters per month for the next three months to my Congressman detailing how we can help.
  • For the next two months, I will make new friends with new refugees that are coming into the country. I want to help by being friendly. I will have a new refugee friend when school starts.
  • When I get home from camp, I will show my talent poster to my sister and tell her three things about Peacebuilders Camp.
  • By the end of August, I will set up a meeting with Officer Dan, the warden at Etowah Detention Center, to talk about trying to do face to face visits for the men detained there and their families. I will ask my mom to help.
  • I will speak out about gay rights at my school. I’ll challenge people who say bad stuff about gay people. I will ask four friends to support me.
  • I will make a sign that says “Everyone has a right to work and equal pay” and put it up at my church.
  • For the next six months, I will be going to Nicholas House (a homeless shelter) to serve food at dinner. I will do this by gathering my friends and family to prepare and serve the food.
  • I will focus on the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, including housing. I will help donate food to the homeless even if I can’t build a house for them. I will go and volunteer at a homeless shelter one day per week.

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