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Creative Peacebuilders are at the core of all our leadership development programs for performing and visual artists, journalists and media-makers, and other restorative storytellers interested in promoting peace and social justice through their work. The program, launched in January 2021, builds community and a set of resources around the artists commissioned in the 100 Offerings of Peace campaign in 2020. It has now grown into an extraordinary, annual opportunity for creatives, ages 18-30, to engage with a community of peers from 10-15 countries worldwide. The Creative Peacebuilders attend monthly virtual workshops and webinars hosted by renowned guest speakers from NYT Best-Selling Author and Meditation Teacher Tara Brach to our very own co-founder, Dr. Maya Soetoro. Topics covered each year include sessions on reflective practice, Restorative Narratives, trauma-informed approach to storytelling, peace and peacebuilding, to name a few. Additionally, all Creative Peacebuilders receive a $250 micro-grant for a proposed project based on their learnings from each of the four modules in our curriculum. There are also $1,500 collaboration grants given at the end of each year for those Creative Peacebuilders that find themselves wanting to collaborate on a project with one of their cohort peers.
In Fall 2023, The Peace Studio will be launching a new Youth Ambassadors’ program – an opportunity for 14–18-year-old creatives to serve as Peace Studio leaders in raising awareness and support for peacebuilding efforts around the world. Ambassadors combine their passion for culture, journalism, arts, food, and media to bring new, youthful energy to a global peacebuilding movement.
TPS Youth Ambassadors are much like our Creative Peacebuilders. Each Youth Ambassador receives a project-based, micro-grant and engages with like-minded peers in monthly virtual gatherings. However, greater depth is given to the exploration of critical leadership skills, such as putting impactful projects together, raising awareness for a cause, and even fundraising. Plus, each Youth Ambassador is given unique opportunities to learn more about how a nonprofit organization functions.
Throughout 2021, we’ve been piloting this program with Evan Sulpizio-Estrada of San Diego, California. We can’t wait to share much more detailed information about the program and how to apply for our first full class of Youth Ambassadors in the months ahead.