Building Peace Becomes Rite of Passage
Making Learning to be a Peacebuilder a Rite of Passage for Everyone
Five Miller School of Albemarle students completed the NewGen Peacebuilders global youth peace education program and were recognized at a public celebration on Sunday January 28th along with student participants from six other area high schools; their success celebrated by their school leaders including Mr. Drude, Head of School.
Cheku Louis, Liliana Kelley-Wagner, Nate Cantu, Loick Derquenne and Ainsley Hanson received formal certification for over 80 hours of immersion training in conflict/dispute resolution and peacebuilding; and for successfully completing local team action peace projects, designed by the students. MSA students led two team projects: COMING FORWARD-Speaking Truth about Mental and Emotional Health in Schools and, UNTOLD HISTORY-Creating a Guide to Overlooked African American Stories in Charlottesville.
Each student received full scholarship support to participate in the program from local Rotary Clubs and learned how to understand drivers of conflict and peace; to imagine innovative solutions that create change; and to take positive action to address issues affecting local communities and the world. Each MSA student had previously completed the Rotary International Youth Leadership (RYLA) program.