WorldLink Program Gives Students a Platform to Address Global Issues
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Annual Meeting Unites 700 Local Youth with Scholars and Experts to Discuss Causes of Conflict
San Diego, Calif. (January 16, 2009) – National and international human rights organizations have their say regarding violence and conflict that ravage countries around the globe. Non-governmental (NGO) agencies, activists and government leaders routinely deliver their stances, and oftentimes sit at the tables of negotiation. The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s (IPJ) WorldLink Program gives a voice to a different group – the youth.
Each year, the Institute welcomes more than 700 high school students from southern California and Mexico for a one-day event to discuss an issue of world importance. The 12th Annual WorldLink Youth Town Meeting will be held on Jan. 23, 2009, at the IPJ, on the campus of the University of San Diego. A key element to this meeting is that it’s developed, hosted and moderated by students. Students gain valuable leadership skills and are involved in every aspect of the meeting, from selecting speakers to choosing briefing topics, and deciding the theme for the next conference.
WorldLink provides the chance for students to explore and articulate their points of view on historical, contemporary and emerging global issues. Through the program’s focus on global education, students learn about issues facing the local and international community, and engage in thoughtful discussions about solutions in a forum where their voices are heard and valued.
The topic this year is: “On the Brink: Responding to Underlying Causes of Conflict,” focusing on gender inequality, racism and xenophobia, religious intolerance and economic inequity. The Youth Town Meeting is grounded in the belief that youth have much to offer and much to gain from discussion with experts and professionals regarding the complexities and challenges of international affairs. Students have been given the opportunity to engage in relevant and pressing global issues with experts in the field, attorneys, the Department of State and international NGO’s.
Sessions during the 12th Annual Youth Town Meeting include:
For a complete list of briefing topics and additional information on the WorldLink Program, go to http://peace.sandiego.edu/programs/worldlink.html.
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