Supporting Youth Who Build Peace: How Can We Foster Resilience to Violence and Trauma?

In the contest with extremist ideologies for the hearts and minds of youth, no resource is more essential than those leaders who, themselves young, are campaigning creatively to bridge their countries’ divides and build inclusive societies.  Research highlights the resilience of youth leaders and their capacities to serve as partners and influencers in peacebuilding. Transforming violent conflict into peaceful change requires the inclusion of young people as full partners. The U.N. Security Council affirmed this principle in December with its Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.

The U.S. Institute of Peace hosts a panel discussion in Dharamsala, India—the residence of the Dalai Lama—on ways to sustain the resilience of these youth leaders and advance their critical role. This event takes place during a five-day USIP Youth Leaders’ Exchange with the Dalai Lama, a project of USIP’s Generation Change program. This exchange is a USIP collaboration with the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The panel discussion will include experts from varied disciplines and dozens of youth peacebuilders. It will consider impacts of violent conflict on brain development, resources within religion and spirituality to combat extremism, and ways to change global policies to better include youth in the building of peace.

This event will be streamed live on USIP’s website. Viewers around the world are invited to join the discussion and pose questions for the panel through YouTube chat or on Twitter via #USIPYouthExchange.

Confirmed panelists:  

Michael Gerson, Moderator
Columnist, Washington Post

Emile Bruneau
Social and Cognitive Scientist,
University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nancy Lindborg
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Saji Prelis
Director of Children and Youth Programs, Search for Common Ground

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