Monday, March 31, 2014

Peace Jam at Unity

Last fall, Unity students signed on as mentors for the regional PeaceJam slam for New England.  The event drew over 40 high school and middle school participants from Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Unity students facilitated "family groups" and outdoor adventure activities on campus.

The day was so full of joy and inspiration, that a core group of Unity students decided to form the first PeaceJam Scholars Student Organization right here in Central Maine.  A Scholars group is for college students who want to be involved with PeaceJam to support elementary, middle and high school age youth in our community, and to carry out their own Global Call to Action service project. Here, the students meet at Unity House with Cathy Roberts (left), the Maine PeaceJam Coordinator.

The PeaceJam mission is about Nobel Peace Laureates mentoring youth to change the world. Thanks to a generous gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the Unity PeaceJam Scholars group was able to register and attend the March 13 - 14  New England Spring Conference with Nobel Prize winner Oscar Arias! Pictured here is a group of PeaceJammers with Oscar Arias; our own Dean Sheehan is front and center.

Stay tuned, because Unity will be hosting the regional PeaceJam Slam on campus in Fall of 2014! Meanwhile, you can feel the love in this video of a shout out to Afghanistan, with Unity students Matt Leaghan and Zach Jendzejec.