Family Life Education
Connecticut Chapter, PeaceJam New England
PeaceJam is an international organization dedicated to creating young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates and the support of a global community of peers. Founded in 1996, PeaceJam has engaged more than 600,000 young people worldwide, and PeaceJammers have created almost one million “Call to Action” projects addressing problems in their schools and communities. Thirteen Nobel Peace Laureates sit on the Board of PeaceJam, which has been nominated seven different times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2012, Family Life Education became PeaceJam’s first New England chapter, a tremendous honor. As the Connecticut PeaceJam Chapter, we are responsible for supporting existing PeaceJam youth groups across the State and encouraging the establishment of new groups. This past year, the Chapter established “The Hartford Peacemakers,” a group of urban girls committed to change.
The Connecticut PeaceJam Chapter is also responsible for training PeaceJam advisors, who are adults interested in working with PeaceJam youth groups. Further, we are responsible for organizing an annual PeaceJam Slam and promoting the participation of Connecticut PeaceJam youth groups in the annual Northeast Regional PeaceJam Conference. This year’s conference, featuring Nobel Laureate Jodi Williams, drew over 400 youth from throughout New England to discuss social justice issues, including violence, and developing strategies to eliminate it locally and abroad.
On June 8-9, PeaceJam youth traveled from across New England, including Hartford, to take part in the One Million bones Project. The project is part of a three-day installation on the National Mall to bring handmade paper bones from throughout the world to resemble the bones hurt or lost due to violence. It will exist as a collaborative site of conscience to honor victims and survivors of atrocities worldwide. Also, it will serve as a visual petition against conflicts, and a calling for much needed and long overdue action. To learn more about PeaceJam, please visit: www.peacejam.org
For more information about the Connecticut PeaceJam Chapter, please contact:
Jennifer Colon (860) 231-7744, ext. 12