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Project COMMON BOND: Uniting Global Youth Impacted by Conflict

Leah Burke
New York · NY
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

We want to help global youth impacted by tragedy find a voice through supportive and transformational alliances with those who share their loss and pain.

How will you use the $10k?

Funding would support facilitation of Peace.we at our annual Project COMMON BOND symposium in July 2014 and through follow-up webinars with global participants.

What impact do you hope to make?

We are instilling in global youth the values of healing through community, transformation through education and leadership through unity.

Other Details

Project COMMON BOND unites youth from around the world who have experienced the loss of a loved one in conflict. These experiences unite rather than divide. Through peace-building education, dialogue and community-building activities, we create connections, promote intercultural exchange and empower participants as agents for positive change in their lives and communities. We have so far united 20 different countries and more than 400 teenagers and young adults impacted by terrorism, violent extremism or war. Each year, we hold a week-long symposium for all participants that includes creative team-building activities and dignity and peace-building curriculum.

The Peace.we component of Project COMMON BOND guides participants in formulating peace-building projects that can be implemented in their countries of origin to have both global and local impacts. Project COMMON BOND participants will create at least five high-level projects to be implemented in participant countries of origin. To further increase the impact, participant teams may enter their projects in subsequent Do the KIND Thing voting rounds.

Participants have attended Project COMMON BOND from Algeria, Argentina, Croatia, England, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka and the United States, with additional countries engaged for distance learning. In addition, the symposium provides training and education to staff and chaperones—international policymakers, practitioners, students, teachers and social service providers—giving them tools from a custom-designed curriculum to take back to and implement in their home communities.

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