I fell in love with PeaceJam when I first picked up the book, and couldn't wait to start groups at my school. However, the experiences my students have had through Seeding Change/Great Lakes PeaceJam far outweigh my greatest expectations. I have seen a student who spoke a dozen words her first year at our school become fast friends with people she had known for two days at the 2010 Conference. I have seen a student who had no interest in school or civics take charge of the youth campaign to reintroduce the Equal Housing & Employment Act in Ohio's House. My students have used these opportunities to create school-wide anti-bullying and recycling programs, they've met Nobel Peace Prize winners, and they feel like they can bring about positive change in the world with the love and support of the students, mentors, advisors, and staff they've met through Seeding Change. Nothing can replace the role GLPJ has had in their lives or mine.
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I have also been fortunate enough to meet two Nobel Peace Prize winners, and frankly one of my biggest joys in life is helping youth. I've also developed an incredible support network who not only are just as enthusiastic about the work my students and I are doing as we are, but are in turn some of the most inspiring people doing some of the most incredible activism I've been able to participate in.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would help spread PeaceJam clubs throughout the region. Schools, places of worship, sports teams, and youth organizations would all benefit from the curriculum, the service, and the intangible skills youth receive from Seeding Change/Great Lakes PeaceJam.
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