Kiana Estime, one of our constituents, got this beautiful new tattoo, the word EMPOWER, in the International Phonetic Alphabet! She told us: “The word ‘Empower’ has a huge significance to me. I have been empowered in many different ways throughout my life. I have found that my self esteem is upheld through the interpersonal relations and friendships that have been positive and supportive. Without those people and experiences my self image and identity would be completely different and confused. I owe a lot to the people who have believed in me, and given me the tools to believe in myself. This is why I believe in empowering ourselves and those around us.”
On a very early Friday morning, Luiza and I took six young people from Mount Everett Regional High School along with their science teacher to New York City for the annual International Day of Peace (IDP) event at the United Nations Headquarters.The purpose of the event was to “strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples” and the theme this year was “Right of peoples to peace.” What better way to do that than to start with young people?
International Day of Peace was first celebrated in 1982, and since then has spread its reach worldwide through social media initiatives. In 2013, the Secretary General of the UN made peace education a priority of IDP as a preventative means to reduce war. Although the event at the UN is a significant part of the day, youth from all around are participating through Facebook, posting pictures of what peace looks like in their communities, organizing walks, and flash mobs.
I believe that the first step to this process is to connect people from around the world, beyond our individual town, states, countries, etc. At the event, we were able to participate in a video call with students from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The second largest country in Africa has suffered many civil wars, and still today struggles developmentally. Many of the students in the DRC have lived through these wars or know someone who has been affected by them. It was eye-opening to hear such insightful questions about peace, conflict resolution, reconciliation, developmental goals, and strategies coming from young people. Their passion highlighted IDP’s theme of each person having the right to peace. It was inspiring to see that young people are working to achieving that goal through dialogue, sharing ideas and simply staying positive.
Last Tuesday for YOB we have a couple updates. Dana talked about making a mural on a building in Great Barrington! If you would like to know more about it email email@example.com.
Alex would like to let you know that there are mentoring opportunities at the middle school! If you would like to mentor a middle schooler, and are in High School, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drawing Classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at RSYP from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, stop by!
Want to speak on a radio show? We are starting up our own radio show on 97.7 FM and we are not sure what time yet. Email email@example.com, we need interns! Also want to help with the board of LGBTQ? Or help with the 411 in the 413, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Day of Peace was September 21st, and yet RSYP is going to have a Peace Project! Take pictures of Peace in your life and email it to email@example.com.
Apprenticeship opportunities at the Red Lion Inn, Massage, photography and you can start up your own business! Email Jocelyn@rsyp.org.
Austen has a Outing Club with Greenagers! If you would like to participate in the many upcoming events, volunteer hour opportunities email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday, October 1st, there is a canoe trip after school! From 3-5:30 pm, and rides are available.
WE HAVE A PING PONG TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 10TH 3-7PM!!! STOP BY RSYP.