managed by A. Zimmerman (Communication)
Founded in 1993 by journalist John Wallach, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
Over the last 16 years, Seeds of Peace has intensified its impact, dramatically increasing the number of participants, represented nations and programs.
From 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers in 1993, the organization has expanded its programming to include young leaders from South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans. Its leadership network now encompasses over 4,000 young people. Currently, the organization is actively working in the Middle East and South Asia.
Seeds of Peace's internationally-recognized program model begins at its summer Camp in Maine and continues through programming in regions around the world with innovative initiatives in the form of conferences, regional workshops, educational and professional opportunities, and an adult educators program. This comprehensive system allows participants to develop empathy, respect, and confidence as well as leadership, communication and negotiation skills—all critical components that will facilitate peaceful coexistence for the next generation.
Due to its proven impact and success in the Middle East, Seeds of Peace has earned international recognition as an effective model for resolving conflict worldwide. Since its inception, Seeds of Peace has expanded to other areas of historic conflict.
The US State Department recognized the effectiveness of this unique model and in 2001, with its support, Seeds of Peace launched its South Asia program with Indian and Pakistani youth. One year later, Seeds of Peace expanded by welcoming an Afghan delegation to the Camp in Maine.
Seeds of Peace also runs a domestic program for young leaders from Maine to address ethnic and racial tensions between the diverse communities that have settled in the Camp's home state.