San Diego Host Families Wanted for Teen Leadership Program

Participants Hands of Peace. Courtesy picture

San Diego families are needed to serve as foster families for young Israelis, Palestinians and Americans attending the Hands of Peace dialogue and leadership program in Carlsbad July 6-25, the nonprofit announced Thursday. .

Hands of Peace said they need foster families for 16 young people. Host families take young people to the program at a school in Carlsbad and participate in activities together in the evening. Carpools are available in most cases. Doctor monitored Covid protocols are in place and background checks are required.

Now in his eighth year at Carlsbad and 20e year in Chicago, Hands of Peace empowers young Americans, Israelis and Palestinians to be agents of change. During the summer program, young people participate in dialogues to find their voice as leaders, break stereotypes, and gain the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to take action toward peace in their home communities. Participating teens went through a thorough application process to be part of the program, showing their desire to share their views and work for peace at home.

“Everyone we’ve taken in over the years is now part of our family,” said Cardiff resident and Hands of Peace board member Kim Lande, whose daughters have both been on the program. ‘summer. “My family has changed because we have seen the impact of talking, listening and connecting right before our eyes through these incredible young people. This is peace in action.

To find out more about hosting a Hands of Peace participant this summer, contact Melanie Stanek, Hands of Peace Site Director at [email protected]

Kevin E. Boling