I served as a Christian Adviser for a Kids4Peace Camp in 2011. The experience was life-changing. The entire two weeks was like a glimpse of the God's Kingdom, where people are loved, and their views are respected. I learned a lot about the Muslim and Jewish faiths, but most importantly, I connected with many people, both kids and adults, of different faiths and cultures. I will always cherish the time I spent at Kids4Peace.
BEWARE: This is a political incubator camp working to mold gullible and impressionable children into radical leftist ideology and activism, under the premise of interfaith peacemaking specifically targeting the charged geopolitical Israeli-Palestinian war. The counselors are not knowledgeable about the Middle East or religion. They claim to accept differing viewpoints - they do not. The staff expects no pushback and finds it easy to boss around 11 year olds. The curriculum developer has a highly bigoted and hostile agenda (national delegitimization, academic & cultural boycotts, antizionist lobbying tactics, etc). The Directors only want a cushy feel-good job, refuse to answer any inquiries that question their contentious practices, and have no ability to handle confrontation or resolve real conflicts from actual adults, much less teach children how to do so. Perhaps they don’t expect their staff and program to be thoroughly scrutinized and vetted, which when doing so would surprise and concern many. Most parents are indifferent and simply want to take advantage of a low cost camp that provides an overseas trip and looks nice on a college resume. The Board is comprised of random people who do not reflect a diversity of input. USAid (distributed from American tax dollars) already heavily funds the main Jerusalem program, so better to look at other worthy causes where your dollar will go further.
Review from Guidestar
Kids 4 peace has changed my personality alot. Before going to kids 4 peace, i was an absolutely different person. I looked at life and people in a different perspective. Now I know how to interact with people and how to treat them. I also learned alot about other reliogions and places. I feel like the size of my brain grew alot more than normal! I think every person should through this happy and nice experience. I can't belive how thankful I am to have been a part of such a fun and creative program. I made new friends that I will always remember and our times together. Being part of kids 4 peace has been a pleasure for me. I will always remember the great memories I had with the awesome group that I was in.
For anyone who thinks that there is no hope of finding peace in the Middle East, I invite you to learn about Kids4Peace. Hate begins at an early age and peacemaking begins at an early age. The children who participate in Kids4Peace are brave, smart ordinary and extraordinary young people who are willing to change their views and therefore change the Middle East. Kids4Peace Houston will double the number of campers this summer and we can't wait!
I first connected with Kids4Peace through the field placement for my master's program in Tel Aviv. This past summer, as Jewish advisor, I can say that I witnessed the 24 participants of Kids4Peace embody the mantra of the program. It was an amazing experience to spend time with such a diverse group of kids, as well as staff, working together through discussions, games, and summer fun. Now that I back in Boston, I am involved in the Kids4Peace branch here. I am lucky to be involved with such an amazing organization that brings together so many great people. I am so excited to see how the organization develops in the next few years!
I joined Kids 4 Peace in 2007. I went to Atlanta as a camper with 11 more kids. It's been a wonderful experience being a part of Kids 4 Peace family and meeting other kids of different religions, cultures and believes. This experience changed my life and taught me many things, one of them is respecting the other person and understanding them. Kids 4 Peace is about building a huge family, building strong friendships, and making peace. After coming back to Jerusalem I was really impressed and wanted to stay a part of this family. And then started to go to the continuation program. And in 2011 I joined the leadership program which was a wonderful experience that made me look at the situation in Jerusalem in a different way and it made me more open-minded. And in the summer of 2012 I went to the same camp in Atlanta as a counselor and was reunited with my friends again, that was surely a summer to remember.
I joined the Kids4Peace family about six years ago. I started out as a Jewish advisor. The summer I spent with Kids4Peace was amazing. It was the first time I worked with Arab and Israeli youth. I learned a lot aboout the different religious and cultures. Most of all, I was impressed with the way the program helped the youth connect. I returned to Jerusalem inspired and motivated. I decided with the staff to start up the continuation program. Today we have many continuation and leadership programs that give space for the youth to deepen their relationships and grow as peacemakers. It has been wondful to see this organization grow. Today, youth that worked with at my first summer camp are now counselors in Kids4Peace and strong leaders for peace. I am so proud of them and the work we are doing!
I first came to know about Kids4Peace through my youngest son who was a participant. The impact the program had on him and the other kids has been truly amazing. My son has gotten up in front of groups and spoke about his experiences and has made adults hopeful for the future. If we as adult can understand that we are more alike than we are different then peace is a distinct possibility!
I served as one of the counselors in the 2009 camp located in Vermont. It was a life changing event for adults and kids. Listening to stories was powerful education and formation as a Christian. We are not alone in the world and we are not the only religion that is important to pay attention to.
I went to kids for peace this last summer. I didn't know what to expect when we got there. it was the best experience i ever had. K4P is hard to explain. In a nutshell, you could say it's a camp where you learn about the other religions, but it's much more than that. It is a chance to meet people who's lives are so much different from yours but all want the same thing...peace. It's a chance to make friends and let go of all your insecurity and stress for 2 whole weeks. I seriously recommend kids 4 peace to everyone out there!
I was a part of kids4peace in 2011. I never thought that I could become life long friends with people on the other side of the world in 2 weeks. I think that it opened my mind about more thing than just the middle east. It taught me that EVERYONE should be treated with respect and no less than that. It was very life changing.
My sister was part of Kids4Peace in 2006 and the program has impacted the lives of everyone in my family. Over the summer I got to work with Kids4Peace and am overwhelmed by the hope that these kids provide. The friendships they from in two weeks are so special and will last a lifetime. They will change the world some day.
I used to think that no one really cared about peace in the middle east but then i got into kids 4 peace, and my thought about it all changed!! they not only showed me that someone out there cared about peace they showed me how to start peace in my own community!
I grew up thinking that the Middle East was just a mess that could never be cleaned up. Then my daughter went to Kids4Peace camp and her life and my life changed forever after. I have volunteered with this organization and cannot believe the incredible experiences that I have already have. The relationships that I have made in my local area as well as in Israel/Palestine. There is a lot of work to do, but when you see the looks on the kids' faces and realize that a future of peace is in their hands, hope cannot help but take over any doubt that this is the right path to peace. Kids are amazing and capable of doing so many complex things that adults have forgotten how to do. Move over and make room for some amazing future leaders!!!! Kids4Peace is the answer!