YSP Chicago Peace Designer (United States)

On March 9th the Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) program coordinator, Naria Gaarder, was invited to give the Peace Designer seminar in Chicago. Forty-one students traveled from Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois to participate. They learned about “Hyojeong”, which means “filial heart”, and its value as the foundation for a life of service in creating peace in the world. They then formed teams and created projects to address issues relevant to their local communities. The seminar was an all-day training, going through a practical process for planning a “Peace Project” provided in the Peace Designer workbook. Valuable feedback on the seminar was given by the participants after its conclusion with the hopes of making the Peace Designer training even better.

When asked what the participants liked the most about the seminar some shared the following:

“The teachings were interesting and more open-minded.”

“I like the fact that we went through steps since this morning, learning how to create a project of peace.”

“I liked that YSP is inspiring us to take action on the issues we see in our community. If we want to change, we have to be able to take charge and implement it ourselves.”

Three students were appointed as YSP coordinators in Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Indianapolis and one young adult was appointed as the district coordinator. 

YSP looks forward to holding seminars and launches along with giving community level seminars for those who request it.