Peace Designer Las Vegas (United States)

From June 24 to 25, 2019 Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) held a Peace Designer Seminar at the International Peace Education Center (IPEC) in Las Vegas, NV. The seminar was for a group of 28 young adults.

Those participating were from age 18-34 and had come from all across the country and as far as Hawaii. The international YSP President, Dr. Robert Kittel, came to observe and gave a brief presentation on one of YSP’s projects, S!NERGY, to the young people. With him was Dr. Tyler Hendricks who co-wrote the educational content of YSP’s “Four Family Loves” curriculum. The seminar was presented by both the YSP USA President, Naokimi Ushiroda, and National Program Coordinator, Naria Gaarder.

The participants were grouped into teams based on the area of the country they lived in and worked together to create projects. A total of 6 projects were designed addressing issues such as litter, how to beautify a city, disconnect between young and old, and the need of mentorship for youth.

Jeffrey Silerio, a local from Las Vegas already leading service activities, was appointed as YSP Coordinator for the community upon completion of the seminar.