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Local students take part in peace education initiative


NewGen Peacebuilders, a Rotary Club-sponsored master’s level program for youth ages 14-24, was held on the Middle Peninsula over a three-month period this winter.

It culminated on March 24 with an interactive exhibition and presentation at Rappahannock Community College, Glenns, featuring projects developed by the participants.

Sponsored by the Gloucester, Mathews, Gloucester Point, Middlesex and West Point Rotary clubs, the program, which locally involved only high school students, began in January with an immersion workshop lasting two days, said program logistics coordinator Patsy Hemp of the Mathews Rotary Club.

That workshop was followed by a second one in February and six weeks of ongoing activities, during which three mentored teams each produced a peace project of its own choosing, informed by weekly virtual talks by international speakers on various peace projects.

The Rotary clubs raised $15,000 for scholarships for students from all the localities to part...

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