PEAC Institute International Youth Leadership Workshop | Japan

We want to work with students who:

2015 workshop | Japan
  • Are sincerely interested in learning about themselves and the world around them
  • Are passionate about improving their community and the world
  • Are highly motivated to bring people together to cooperate
  • Have potential to be strong community leaders and changemakers
  • Normally would not have an opportunity to design and implement a meaningful plan to influence their community

Why You should participate

  • For the opportunity to travel and learn
  • To work with others to influence your community
  • To learn more about the political, social and economic issues affecting your community and the world
  • To obtain resources, collaborators and other who can help you make meaningful change in your community and your own life
  • To hone skills, learn new modes of expression and create feasible action plans
  • To develop an ongoing relationship with PEAC and utilize our network and website to help implement your plans

What you need to know

  • It’s about improving yourself and your community
  • It's about identifying problems and building teams and getting your community to work to solve these problems
  • The moment you are accepted into this program, you have something that can never be taken away-- doors opening, involvement in something big that gives you a chance to make a tangible difference in your community and the world


  • Earn participation by working with your mentor to gather points by participating in events and doing community service - we will provide you with a list of activities and their points.
  • Work with PEAC, your mentor, and the rest of the group before you leave
  • Be conscientious
  • Be able to work well in a group
  • Consistent, close communication
  • Be prepared to deliver actionable steps for your improvement plan upon arrival in Japan
  • Stay in touch and keep working with your mentor when you get home
  • Implement your action plan!

To participate

  • Fill out the application
  • Write essay on why you would be a good candidate
  • Send in 3 letters of recommendation

IYLW | Japan


PEAC's founder, Rebecca Irby, filming "That Day" the story of Mito-san, a survivor of the atomic bombing at the Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. This is one of the many stories and places the students will experience while in Japan.
  • Students from Newark, NJ will participate in the workshop with students from Hiroshima.
  • The goal is to consider ways to make their own communities more peaceful or more sustainable and to design an action plan that will lead their communities in that direction.

How the trip works

  • You'll work with the U.S. team and your mentor to develop an ideas of what you can do to help improve your community.
  • Once in Japan you will be exposed to the full Hiroshima experience, including the museum, Peace Park, the Raditation Effects Research Foundation, Hiroshima Unviersity, Hiroshima Peace Institute, and city officials as well as survivors.
  • After a deep encounter with the reality of the atomic bombing and the world-destroying potential of modern nuclear weapons, the students will retreat toPEAC's Peace Culture Village.
  • You’ll will develop an action plan for improving your own life or home community.
  • On your return, you will receive ongoing mentoring and the help they need to implement their plans.
  • The primary goal of these trips is to help each participant figure out how he or she wants to work to make the world a better place, then empower them to implement the necessary changes in themselves and their environments.


  • You will be informed regarding your acceptance by the PEAC staff.
  • Once the program starts, you will meet once a month with your team and mentors and more often toward the lead up to the trip.
  • The IYLW is taking place over the summer of 2018 - exact date will be announced in April 2018.

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Created By
Rebecca Irby of PEAC Institute


Created with images by MDGovpics - "Graduation Rates Discussion with Randallstown High School Students" Visit us at http://www.peacinstitute.org

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