On Saturday, February 20, 2016, the American Farm School hosted the first Peace Jam Greece Youth Leadership Conference.
Peace Jam is a non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado (USA) which focuses on the work of thirteen of the living Noble Peace Prize winners through student development/leadership and volunteer opportunities. The Peace Jam Student Leadership Conference is the result of a collaborative effort between the American Farm School and EIMAI-Center for Emerging Young Leaders. EIMAI is a non-profit in Greece, which “aims to empower youth with transformative experiential opportunities that will cultivate their distinct leadership potential with the 21st century skills, humanistic values, imagination, and the freedom of heart and mind necessary to navigate through the complexities of their world as citizen leaders with integrity and purpose.”
The one-day conference brought together approximately 200 high school students from around Greece to participate in various workshops to further develop their community service project and leadership skills. There were also twenty college students trained as mentors to facilitate discussions and workshops during the conference. Twenty teachers from across Greece took part in an Advanced Teacher Training seminar with Peace Jam UK representatives as well.
Keynote speakers for the conference were Sofia Kouvelakis from the Bodossakis Foundation and Eleni Kostelidou from ARSIS Thessaloniki. Additional guest speakers were Graham Golding and Luke Addison from Peace Jam UK, as well as Ellen Froustis from Peace Jam Greece, EIMAI-Center for Emerging Young Leaders.
Most importantly, Peace Jam Greece hosted three special guests from the West Africa Peace Foundation, winners of the Best Youth Service Act in Ghana for the Billion Acts of Peace Campaign.