This fall, Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus will host the third PeaceJam Slam Youth Leadership Conference in South Florida, a youth education program with a curriculum designed by Nobel Peace Prize winners. “PeaceJam connects Nobel Peace Prize winners with young people,” said PeaceJam coordinator Maria Naranjo. “The program inspires them to look at the issues affecting their local or global communities, and find their role within that movement.” Fourteen Nobel Peace laureates work with PeaceJam, including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Leymah Gbowee. The yearlong youth program kicks off with the PeaceJam Slam on Nov. 11, a one-day leadership conference for high school students at the Pérez Art Museum of Miami co-sponsored by MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy and the Points Guy. Fifty MDC students will serve as mentors to 200 local high school students with the goal of facilitating leadership development. Students will discuss weighty issues affecting their local or global communities and then spend a year planning and implementing a project to tackle one of those problems, culminating with a presentation at a conference held at Florida State University.
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