WorldLink for Youth
Institute for Peace and Justice
Contact: Debbie Martinez
Phone: (619) 260-7568
Fax: (619) 260-7570
Location: KIPJ Room 121
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
WorldLink is an innovative, community-based education program that impacts 1,000 to 2,000 students directly each year. As these students continue their education, they go on to pursue careers in international relations, peace studies, conflict resolution and other related fields, representing young people's voices.
Here are a selection of achievements:
Rishika Daryanani, WorldLink student (2008-11), was featured in Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane's How Great Women Lead. This book captures the stories of women leaders, including Dr. Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient.
Former WorldLink intern (2010) Nina Church co-founded the company Nika Water - a social entrepreneur model that donates 100% of its profits to providing clean water and sanitation projects in countries, including Kenya, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka.
Emi Koch, WorldLink intern (2007), attended Georgetown University and formed her own nonprofit organization,Beyond the Surface International, which works to eradicate youth homelessness in coastal communities worldwide. The organization currently has programs in Nepal and India.
Zealan Hoover, WorldLink intern (2005-6), was awarded one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of North Carolina. He received the opportunity to spend a gap year to intern for the Obama campaign at the Chicago Headquarters, and spent the following semester teaching rural youth in Senegal.
Former WorldLink intern (2005) Harin Song received Cornell University's JFK Award for her commitment to the promotion of international human rights. Having already worked for CARE International and Doctors Without Borders, she credits WorldLink for inspiring her to become a human rights advocate at an early age.
WorldLink intern (1998) Jason Doherty helped organize the program's first Youth Town Meeting. Eight years later, Jason and his wife Jenni founded the Daraja Academy - a secondary school in Nanyuki, Kenya that provides free education, housing, food and other resources to girls with limited financial means.
WorldLink was recognized as a program that is "making changes to things that matter" by the CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation in June 2008.
WorldLink was awarded the Women's International Center's Living Legacy Award in 1999.
After focusing on local youth in San Diego and Baja Mexico since 1997, we are now expanding to other countries, including the Philippines and Kenya.