Fostering Global Community in the Heart of D.C.

International Youth Peace Forum | August 12-16, 2019

The opportunity to create a global learning community for exceptional young peace builders was the highlight of our summer!

The inaguaral International Youth Peace Forum brought together 17 univeristy students from 9 countries to reflect on issues of global peace in a series of lectures, panel discussions and professional development workshops. Students from Ireland, China, Israel, South Africa, Germany, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States spent the week discussing the conflicts they aim to address in their home countries as well as the the importance of building bridges that connect people across communities and cultures.

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, educational and cultural exchanges between communities remains a crucial part of building a more peaceful and harmonius world. Through the IYPF the CIUS Center is advancing its mission to stregthen people-to-people exchanges and global education opportunties. We are proud to have supported this inspiring group of students and the diversity of thier unique voices and viewpoints.

2019 International Youth Peace Forum Participants

  • Zuxian Li – China
  • Cheikh Badiane – France
  • Tim Porte – Germany
  • Amanda Haydar – Ireland
  • Karin Egri – Israel
  • Mark Tischler – Israel
  • Ron Sheinin – Israel
  • Taro Okamura – Japan
  • Aki Koyama – Japan
  • Shannon Bennett – South Africa
  • Dino Kyriakides – South Africa
  • Aislinn Bunting – Northern Ireland
  • Nadine McCutcheon – Northern Ireland
  • Audrey Williams – United States
  • Dyrell Moon – United States
  • Marema Lo – United States
  • Sarah Aver – United States

“The IYPF was a total door opener. It helped me clarify my vision as a peace builder and I was really able to develop my project ideas in a sustainable and powerful way. The opportunity gave me the chance to engage with peace building professionals one-on-one and the support and encouragement was a constant throughout the program. It really provided a setting of growth and learning.”

2019 IYPF Participant