Hands of Peace/Raising Youth Voices
Feb 10, 2021 6:30 PM
Dania Zanaid
Hands of Peace/Raising Youth Voices

HOP is a non -profit organization that empowers teens to become agents of change in their community by teaching conflict resolution and leadership skills. Gretchen Grad founded HOP in Chicago after 9/11 and has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.

HOP has been active in San Diego for many years and has been supported by Rotary grants from several San Diego Rotary clubs. Many Rotarians are familiar with the organization and it’s connection with Israel and Palestine. However, HOP has been re-imagining their summer programs for local youths this year.  Raising Youth Voices was created to bring the experience of dialogue and leadership development to more San Diego youth. Dania has coordinated HOP students with San Diego’s Joan B Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice where they acquired skills for leading healthy conversations in their communities about topics such as the pandemic and racism. They gained skills in facilitation, de-escalation and peace building for positive peace. The participants then got the opportunity to practice their skills at local high schools, colleges and in the community.  More local programs like this are planned for this year.  This is an exciting speaker for any Rotarian interested in peace and youth development. Please join us.