Worldlink To Host Youth Conference On Healing The Wounds Of Violence

SAN DIEGO, CA: The University of San Diego’s WorldLink Program will host the 18th Annual Youth Town Meeting (YTM), which will focus on the theme of “Healing the Wounds of Violence.”

WorldLink’s 18th YTM will be held on Wednesday, January 21st from 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Over 700 high school students from the United States, Mexico and abroad and more than 25 leading experts will come to the USD campus to engage in meaningful discussion and create action plans on violence prevention, trauma healing and the cultivation of justice.

This year’s speakers include youth representatives from Crawford Academy of Law, current consultants to the San Diego Unified School District on the expansion of the use of restorative justice within the district; local San Diego expert on the issue of domestic human trafficking Charisma De Los Reyes; co-founder of the global anti-slavery organization Not For Sale, Mark Wexler; and young survivor of the Rwandan genocide and founder of a nonprofit providing Rwandan women education on filmmaking and storytelling, Dydine Umunyana.

YTMs are 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. As a student from CETYS Universidad in Baja Mexico said, “Global issues are no longer a concern of adults only, but also of young people, like me, who are interested in shaping the world we live in.”

This event is reserved for students and is not open to the public. For more information, contact WorldLink Program Officer Debbie Martinez at 619.260.7568, or

WHO: 700 youth from San Diego and Baja Mexico, and over 25 leading experts in international affairs

WHAT: WorldLink 18th Annual Youth Town Meeting, “Healing the Wounds of Violence"

WHERE: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and Shiley Theater - Camino Hall
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Jeryldine Tully
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