Peace Gets a Chance at UH Peacejam Training Session

Mahatma Gandhi said real peace could only begin with the children. At the University of Houston, members of PeaceJam will help grown-ups prepare those lessons to deliver to local youth.

The UH Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) is hosting a training session for all adults interested in leading high school students through lessons on non-violence, conflict resolution, cultural awareness and diversity. Following the training, participants will be ready for the annual two-day UH PeaceJam Youth Conference planned for later this year. The training also is open to college-aged people interested in being volunteers for the event.

The PeaceJam training is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at the GCSW. Food and materials are included in the program. For more information on PeaceJam and to register for the training, contact Jamie Parker, UH PeaceJam coordinator, at or 713-743-8039.

"High school youth report higher levels of school and community engagement and a better understanding of peace and non-violence after participating in the PeaceJam Program," said Parker who will also lead the training session. "PeaceJam is the only organization in the world that has 11 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates working together for a common cause-our youth."

PeaceJam is a global project that began in 1996 in Denver as a way to teach peace and non-violence to young people. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates share their teachings and ideas with high school students as a way to encourage them to identify and meet personal and community challenges. As part of the UH PeaceJam, students create and implement a community service project.

The 2008 Houston PeaceJam Conference is set for March 29-30 on the UH campus, and will feature Nobel Laureate Betty Williams. She, along with Mairead Corrigan Maguire, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 in recognition of their grassroots movement to end violence in Northern Ireland.

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WHAT: PeaceJam Program Training
WHEN: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16
WHERE: UH Graduate College of Social Work
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