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Seeds of Peace Syracuse
Syracuse has become home to growing numbers of immigrants and refugees at a time when the community is struggling with high unemployment, urban violence, and poor school performance. Currently, there are approximately 3,300 refugee students in the school district and 73 languages spoken in the community. Schools have experienced a rise in violence, bullying, racism and crime between local and immigrant students. In order to build bridges between these communities, Interfaith Works partnered with Say Yes to Education and Seeds of Peace to give young leaders in Syracuse the opportunity to form strong relationships, built on mutual trust and understanding, and the skills needed to engage and impact their peers, schools, and communities.
Syracuse Seeds Youth Leadership Program
The Syracuse Seeds Youth Leadership Program draws on Seeds of Peace’s twelve years of experience and success working with youth leaders from refugee, immigrant, and local communities in Maine. The program begins with a transformative two-week session at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine. A total of forty high school students—twenty long-time residents and twenty recent immigrants—from the five high schools in the Syracuse City School District will be selected to participate on the basis of their demonstrated leadership potential. Following Camp, InterFaith Works will draw on their expertise fostering youth dialogue and service to enable Syracuse Seeds to strengthen their network, develop their leadership capacities, and work collaboratively on initiatives to reduce tension and violence in their schools and communities.
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