Thursday, April 18, 2019

Peace innovators alumna Olivia Calling all students entering their final year of high school!

We’re looking for our next cohort of peace innovators who are ready to tackle a problem that they are passionate about in their community. Could this be you or someone you know?

Over the course of one year in the Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program, participants will develop and launch an innovative plan to address their identified issue. Katie Gingerich, Director of The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), explains that “to create peaceful impact, we encourage Peace Innovators participants to learn as much as they can about the problem before planning a solution.” The program will culminate in an event or campaign to be launched by the end of the year. Peace innovators alumni have looked at mental wellness, challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community, and more. Through participating in this program, students will have the opportunity to engage in learning workshops with peers, receive guidance from a mentor in their community and a mentor from TREE, and build networks with relevant organizations.

The Peace Innovators Program is one of a growing number of innovation mentorship programs available for high school students. When the program was launched in 2017, similar programs were scarce. The Centre for Peace Advancement has been excited to see others, including large organizations like ME to WE and local programs like at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School, creating opportunities for high school students to tackle issues that they are passionate about.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program are open now! Apply to be a Peace Innovator or share this opportunity with a grade 11 student aspiring to build peace.

The Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program is a collaboration between TREE, Kindred Credit Union, and the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.