Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams addressed Brattleboro Union High School students and interested public outdoors to kick-off a new WWAC-led partnership on youth programming with PeaceJam and Billion Acts of Peace at BUHS.
Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work on a global treaty to eliminate landmines worldwide. She grew up in Brattleboro and attended the Green Street School where she says standing up to a bully helped shape the rest of her life. She graduated from the University of Vermont, the School for International Training and Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She is a powerful speaker who can inspire BUHS students toward becoming active creators of the kind of world they want to see.
Working with students and the WWAC, Williams is planning to launch a PeaceJam ‘Ambassadors Program’ at BUHS this Fall to connect students to issues of peace, social justice, and nonviolence through the study of the life and work of Nobel Peace Laureates from across the globe. The program introduces studen ts to the personal, social, and institutional contexts that shape today’s world, builds core competencies in altruism and compassion, respect and inclusion, as well as global citizenship and civic engagement.
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The Brattleboro Reformer covered the PeaceJam event with Jody Williams.