Begin an exciting journey of meeting new friends from across the Cincinnati area and  become a leader for peace in your community. Demonstrate that love and unity are stronger than hate.

The 4th annual Kids4Peace Interfaith Day Camp will be held July 29-August 2, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camp fees are $200, and there are scholarships available. Register at www.k4p.org/Summer2019

For additional information about camp or the Core Youth Leadership Program, contact K4P board member Judy Chamberlain at cjbconsultants@fuse.net or chapter coordinator Adam Hayden at Cincinnati@K4p.org.

Kids4Peace Cincinnati is a local chapter of Kids4Peace International, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered in the United States, with a branch office in Jerusalem and local chapters across North America. Our combined mission is to connect youth across religious and social divides and empower them to be agents for change, by building positive working relationships within our neighborhoods, exploring commonalities of our differing religions and cultures, while fostering the understanding and mutual respect needed to create a culture of peace and empowerment for change.

K4P Cincinnati offers a five-day day camp open to all interested 6th, 7th and 8th grade youth from a variety of cultures and faiths. During the first three days of camp, the kids will visit at least three different types of houses of worship: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, to observe and ask questions. Frequently, it is the child’s first exposure to a religion different from their own, and they begin to discover that our similarities outnumber our differences.

Daily exercises utilize fun, dialogue, music, sports, art projects and food to learn about team building, conflict resolution and leadership. The activities of telling their stories and learning the art of listening enable the kids to begin building trust, and to dispel the misunderstandings associated with division, isolation, fear, hate, racism and violence. Most importantly, the kids develop mutual respect for self and others, and learn to stand with each other in the presence of discrimination, bullying and violence.

On Day 4, the kids volunteer service with a local social action organization to help them identify social issues within the community. A major goal of the program is to build a community of peace, so the day is capped off with a joyful “Friends and Family” cultural potluck dinner. Parents, siblings and friends are invited to have fun, and continue spreading the message.

Day 5 is dedicated to review and reflect on the many lessons learned during camp. Returning campers become mentors for new campers, and assist with preparation, and delivery of different activities within the curriculum. In addition, the campers begin to set goals for next season’s camp and additional annual activities.

The entire K4P program is based on the development of long-term personal relationships and gives the kids the opportunity to continually get together, maintain the friendships developed during camp and continue to build new skills. The youth may stay in the program through high school.

Campers are encouraged to join the K4P Core Youth Leadership Program, which continues to meet monthly throughout the school year. Currently, meetings are held on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Adath Israel Temple. Time is available for just being together, as well as preparing activities such as potential service projects in which to be involved during the school year. The youth become the leaders of the group and are responsible for identifying needs and implementing action plans for each activity. This year, the kids did all of the planning, development, and presentation of a public Cultural Festival. The kids take their responsibility very seriously and enjoy actively participating in the decision-making process.

Senior youth become members of the governing board.

The meetings provide another opportunity to join the K4P program, and any interested youth are welcome to attend. Participants do not have to have attended the camp.

Maturing members also have the opportunity to attend regional, national and international residence camps. Attending the residence camps enable the members to work directly with their counterparts from North America and other countries. In some of the Global programs they also have the opportunity to meet directly with professionals from the State Department and other agencies that work internationally for world peace.

All of these experiences enable the youth to continuously build lifelong relationships and develop the tools necessary to empower them to stand together, support one another and become significant voices for change and peace both locally and globally.