An international leadership development and service learning program for students
PeaceJam Mid-Atlantic hosted their annual youth conference “Compassion in Action” at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD, on April 23, 2022. The featured guest was children’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi. Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for leading a global movement to end child slavery and exploitive child labor practices. The leadership conference provided select high school youth (Grades 9-12) with the amazing opportunity to spend the day with a world leader for peace and engage with hundreds of change agents from around their region.
Montgomery County Public Schools has partnered with PeaceJam Mid-Atlantic, a regional affiliate of the international education program that has provided more than 1.3 million youth across the globe with award-winning educational curriculum, service learning, and conferences hosted by Nobel Peace Prize winners. PeaceJam has a proven track record of empowering young people, engaging them in service, and supporting their development as positive members of their schools and communities. PeaceJam’s mission is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.
PeaceJam implements leadership development curriculum through direct service-oriented programming to small cohorts of MCPS high school students through weekly sessions. PeaceJam Mid-Atlantic staff, MCPS staff, and Montgomery College student mentors partner together to lead the weekly sessions, assist the students in service project planning, and prepare students to lead their service projects to impact their community. Students present their service projects at a culminating weekend conference hosted by PeaceJam Mid-Atlantic in collaboration with MCPS in which students engage directly with a Nobel Laureate and other student leaders who have participated in PeaceJam programming from across the Mid-Atlantic region.
All high school students in MCPS are invited and encouraged to apply for the PeaceJam program during the Fall and Spring application windows. Students who are selected for the program are placed into cohorts of 15-20 students, who meet weekly with the PeaceJam Mid-Atlantic Director, MCPS staff advisors, and Montgomery College mentors. Each semester consists of 14 weekly sessions. Students who participate in the PeaceJam program earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for their active engagement in direct, indirect, and/or advocacy service. Information about the application process will be posted here when the Fall and Spring application windows open.