Youth from New York City and across the US will embark on the Peace Boat for a unique program:
taking place from June 24-July 5, and includes programs in Panama, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Participants include youth from New York City-based community organization Global Kids, as well as college-level interns from around the United States. Through exposure to diverse cultures, participating in sustainable development initiatives, working with local communities, and learning about efforts in the Latin America region to build and maintain peace, participants will gain valuable experience as well as skills to become agents for social change and leaders in their communities when they return home.
Participants will work with a Kuna indigenous community in Panama to improve infrastructure and sanitation in their community, bring educational supplies donated from students around NYC, and learn first-hand about indigenous culture in the three Latin American countries they will visit.
In 2014, Peace Boat US brought New York youth to a Kuna and Embera Quera community, where they created a documentary that they later presented at the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to raise awareness. In 2015, Peace Boat US brought youth to the communities and helped build latrines and repair unsafe walkways. Through this upcoming program onboard Peace Boat, youth participants will learn about indigenous communities and their unique sustainable development challenges while helping them advance their sustainable development goals.
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The Director of Peace Boat US, Emilie McGlone, will head the program along with coordinators from the Global Kids youth leadership program. A diverse group of college student interns will join the trip, as well as the Dean of the School for International Training (SIT).
Peace Boat is an international NGO with special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The organization promotes cultural exchange, human rights, global peace and sustainable development through its annual voyages onboard a chartered ship in which people from various cultures and communities come together to learn about global issues. Peace Boat believes that responsible and educational travel can be a tool for positive social change and seeks to implement best practices, forming partnerships with local organizations and communities around the world.
Global Kids is a premier non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development, which works to ensure that youth from underserved areas have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. Through Global Kids programs, students examine global issues, make local connections, and create change through peer education, social action, digital media, and service-learning.
At the Untied Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.