P-2952

Hands of Peace Youth Leadershi

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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: San Diego

Total Budget: $13,000

Area of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention

Activity Type: Peace: General

Summary: This is a dialogue and youth leadership program serving teens from the US, Palestine and Israel.


Hands of Peace empowers Israeli, Palestinian and American youth to raise their voices as leaders of change Through the power of dialogue, Palestinians, Israelis and Americans partner to pursue peace, equality, freedom and justice. Hands of Peace believes the future depends on the leadership of the next generation.

Since 2003, Hands of Peace (HOP) has held an annual 19-day Summer Program in Chicago and a year-round, community-service intensive Alumni Program in the U.S. and in the Middle East. In the summer of 2014, Hands of Peace launched a second Summer Program in San Diego. Funds from Rotary International will support Year Seven of this successful Summer Program which promotes world understanding, leadership, and global citizenship among San Diego, Israeli, and Palestinian teenagers and adults.

In the San Diego region, Rotary has been an important partner in the growth and impact of Hands of Peace on these young leaders. Rotary members have served has as Hands of Peace Board members, volunteers and host families. Hands of Peace staff have been spoken at many area Rotary Clubs, particularly during Rotary Peace Month in February. Hands of Peace community members have attended Rotary fundraising and service events, and participate in the Pathways to Peace Forum each year. One of the youngest Rotarians ever, Marin Grillo, granddaughter and daughter of Rotarians, was a Hands of Peace participant last year!

HOP's 2020 San Diego Summer Program will bring together approximately 45 American, Israeli, and Palestinian teenagers (age 15-17) for intensive daily dialogue sessions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, identify, conflict resolution and youth leadership. The dialogue sessions are led by professional facilitators from the Middle East - one Israeli and one Palestinian in each small dialogue group. The youth build skills in communications, conflict resolution and leadership as they complete educational and community service activities.

Activities for 2020 will include a mural-painting project, a film-making project, a non-violence workshop with Azim Khamisa (a celebrated non-violence and restorative justice activist), and a Border Exchange with students from Tijuana. Our program also engages more than 1,000 San Diego community members throughout the year, including volunteers, local families who host our Middle East participants, staff members, and partner organizations.

Hands of Peace fills a vital need that is not addressed by other organizations serving the San Diego and international communities. We offer American teenagers and adult volunteers a powerful global engagement experience that enables them to become personally involved in promoting conflict resolution in their home communities and abroad. Our participants examine the multiple narratives of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, reflect on the role of the United States in world affairs, explore related issues in their home communities, develop advanced communication and listening skills, and form lasting relationships.

Likewise, Hands of Peace fills a vital need in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by humanizing the "other" and evoking compassion and understanding in a time of ongoing conflict. Prior to the Summer Program, many of our Middle Eastern students had never met an individual from the other side of the conflict outside of a military checkpoint. Through Hands of Peace, these students build meaningful, personal relationships with individuals from the other side. They learn about other narratives that they have not heard before and come to see their common humanity.

Through this grant, Rotary International will help train global leaders of the future and promote world understanding and co-existence within our diverse San Diego community and abroad. Specifically, support will fund the following activities and expenses during the 2020 San Diego Summer Program:

For clubs that wish to directly sponsor an Israeli, Palestinian or American teenage participant, they can do so for $3,500. This is our greatest need, as all of the participants receive scholarships to cover the costs of the program above the minimal tuition that their families pay.

For clubs that want to sponsor specific activities within the summer program, they can consider:

Low and high trust-building High Ropes Course (teens face fears together and build trust, camaraderie, and communication skills in the process) $2,000

Student-Directed Films Project (teens create powerful two-minute films about conflict resolution, identity, interaction with "the other")

$500 per film; the teens break up into two groups and create five videos for a total of $2,500

Culture Night (participants cook traditional meals and perform skits)

$1,200

Kosher/Halal meals during the Summer Program (heavily discounted by local restaurants)

$1,000 for four meals

Border Exchange (Bus transportation, park permits, lunch and snacks for all-day workshop at the border during which Hands of Peace participants engage in a dialogue with students from Mexico)

$2,000 (includes transportation, lunch, the park permit, and snacks)

Peace-Mural Painting Project (supplies for large scale murals done by small groups in collaboration with local artists)

$1,000

Religious Diversity Visits (Bus transportation for visits to a church, synagogue, and mosque in which students learn about diverse faiths and how they can coexist peacefully)

$1,500 (each trip is roughly $500)

Guest Speaker Workshop Stipends (with a non-violence and restorative justice expert, with music, creative writing, music and dance professionals for a variety of approaches to teambuilding and expression)

$500

Professional Facilitator Stipends (for four professional Israeli and Palestinian facilitators who lead intensive daily 2.5 hour dialogue sessions throughout the 18-day summer program

$6,800 ($1,700 stipend per facilitator)

Any additional funds contributed above the total amount of the grant will go to additional enriching program activity expenses.

The goals of the Hands of Peace San Diego Summer Program are to:

1) Nurture and inspire empathetic future leaders and provide teen participants with the tools to work towards peace in their home communities.

2) Educate participants and volunteers in conflict resolution and mediation and deepen their understanding of diverse cultural and religious perspectives.

3) Foster global engagement and demonstrate the power that human connection and dialogue have to break down barriers.

Rotary Club members have the opportunity to take an active role in the July 2020 Summer Programs by attending activities, volunteering their time, hosting international students, and attending the Farewell Celebration. Club leaders are invited to attend a special reception to hear from second year participants and see firsthand the impact of Rotary's support.

We would additionally like to note that Hands of Peace Founder Gretchen Grad has been awarded two awards by Rotary International: 1) The Willie Frankel Award for Harmony and Understanding from the Rotary Club of Wilmette, and 2) She was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

In addition, Hands of Peace Executive Director Rick Rosenfeld is a former executive with The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in Evanston. Rick managed Donor Services and Recognition from 1988 through 2004, during the peak of the original Polio Plus fundraising campaign.

In District 5340, club members from Carlsbad, Chula Vista Sunrise El Camino, Del Mar/Solana Beach, Encinitas Coastal, Encinitas Inland, La Jolla Golden Triangle, Poway-Scripps, San Diego Coastal, San Diego Downtown, and San Diego E-Club involved in this program via hosting teens, volunteering at events and attending and supporting activities and events. We currently have three supporting Rotary clubs in the Chicago area as well.

Thank you, Rotary, for prioritizing peace and world understanding in your mission and in your District Grant to Hands of Peace.

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: San Diego Coastal

Primary Contact: Jenny Parker

Email: jenny@jparkermd.net

Project Status

Paid
This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

San Diego Coastal (5340)

8-Jul-19

$1,000

$1,000

$2,000

Carlsbad Hi-Noon (5340)

8-Jul-19

$2,000

$2,000

$4,000

Encinitas (5340)

21-Jul-19

$1,000

$1,000

$2,000

Encinitas Coastal (5340)

31-Jul-19

$2,500

$2,500

$5,000

Total

$6,500

$6,500

$13,000

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History Log Entries

8-Jul-19

by Philippe Lamoise

System Entry: Creation of project page.

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 with $1,000 DDF by Harry Peacock of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon, District 5340.

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Pledge of $500 with $500 DDF by Fary Moini of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, District 5340.

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

8-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

10-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Pledge of by Jenny Parker of the Rotary Club of San Diego Coastal, District 5340.

10-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Pledge of by Jenny Parker of the Rotary Club of San Diego Coastal, District 5340.

10-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

17-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Pledge of $500 with $500 DDF by Maureen Duncan of the Rotary Club of E-Club of San Diego Global, District 5340.

21-Jul-19

by Robert Blumberg

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 with $1,000 DDF by Verne Scholl of the Rotary Club of Encinitas, District 5340.

30-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

30-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

30-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project signed by Jenny Parker.

30-Jul-19

by Rocco Ciesco

System Entry: Project signed by Rocco Ciesco.

30-Jul-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Fary Moini.

30-Jul-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Robert Blumberg.

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

Received additional grant from Encinitas Coastal after submitting project so cancelled signatures to revise grant total. Will resubmit shortly and appreciate partners signing a second time.

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Pledge of $2,500 with $2,500 DDF by Marla Elliott of the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, District 5340.

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

31-Jul-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

31-Jul-19

by Rocco Ciesco

System Entry: Project signed by Rocco Ciesco.

31-Jul-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Kimberly Schafer.

31-Jul-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Fary Moini.

31-Jul-19

by Marla Elliott

System Entry: Project signed by Marla Elliott.

31-Jul-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Paul Abel.

31-Jul-19

by Wendy Wiegand

System Entry: Project signed by Wendy Wiegand.

31-Jul-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Jenny Parker.

31-Jul-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Robert Blumberg.

31-Jul-19

by John Krassny

System Entry: Project signed by John Krassny.

1-Aug-19

by Jenny Parker

Change made to financing to need to collect signatures again. Thank you for your patience and support.

1-Aug-19

by Harry Peacock

Project approved by Carlsbad Hi Noon Rotary

1-Aug-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

1-Aug-19

by Jenny Parker

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

1-Aug-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Marla Elliott.

1-Aug-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Jenny Parker.

1-Aug-19

by Wendy Wiegand

System Entry: Project signed by Wendy Wiegand.

1-Aug-19

by Harry Peacock

System Entry: Project signed by Harry Peacock.

1-Aug-19

by Rocco Ciesco

System Entry: Project signed by Rocco Ciesco.

1-Aug-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Paul Abel.

1-Aug-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Robert Blumberg.

6-Aug-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by John Krassny.

6-Aug-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by John Krassny.

7-Aug-19

by Mike Whitehurst

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

14-Oct-19

by Scott Carr

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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