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Youth and Community Conflict Resolution
August 20, 2015 - August 25, 2015
The earth is shared by nearly 7 billion people, 1.2 billion of which are youth. And although they comprise nearly 25 percent of the world’s working population, youth account for more than 40 percent of the world’s unemployed. It comes as no surprise that youth and community conflict exist as universal issues, creating challenges that are faced by citizens and governments worldwide. As a city that has been long affected by poverty, job loss, and population migration, Cleveland is no stranger to crime, conflict, and juvenile delinquency. Fortunately, in response to this issue, a wide variety of resources have been established throughout the Greater Cleveland community to engage at-risk youth, promote conflict mediation, and allow young people to express themselves through art, community service, leadership and other productive means. Cleveland offers a wide variety of resources to share best practices for building safer, more sustainable communities.
CCWA welcomes eight visitors from Armenia, Australia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, and Pakistan for a project devoted to youth and community conflict resolution. Participants will explore education, arts and sports as methods of conflict resolution; examine the city’s efforts towards juvenile conflict resolution through a panel with city officials, police, and community groups; and interact with organizations dedicated to promoting religious tolerance and peaceful communication efforts. In addition, visitors will learn about youth peer mediation and gang violence mitigation through meetings with some of the city’s most prominent community service programs. This program is designed for community leaders and teachers from around the world.
International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program
Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields. Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program.
By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, Senior Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.