Our Institute cares about students.

 

Our Institute brings Nobel Peace Laureates together with middle, high school and university students to inspire, educate and transform their formative educational experience.  We have curriculum that demonstrates the accomplishments of these profoundly influential peace-makers of our history and our current world. The students are given many opportunities to study about, develop projects for humanitarian service, non-violently demonstrating for human and civil rights, taking specific action to support and engage others within their communities to practice peace and to teach peaceful means of conflict resolution whether it be through peer mediation, performing Acts of kindness or mindfulness meditation and music.  The Educating for Peace Student Leadership Program involves engaging students to apply for the Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity grant and to start their own school-based peace project or club; we have stimulated the beginning of more than 70 clubs in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Basing the foundation of 15 years of work with students and world peace-leaders, the Institute’s goal is to establish a National Student Peace Society, originating in Oregon and modeled after the National Honor Society that allows every student and opportunity to be acknowledged for their exemplary moral courage and actions toward achieving a more peaceful world.

 

 

Our Educating for Peace program began in 2001 with the 10,000 student Dalai lama Youth Summit and we have been working in the schools since then. Each year the Spirit of Unity Award  which originated with Harold Schnitzer, one of Oregon’s foremost humanitarians, is given to Elementary, Middle & High School Peace, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution Clubs at Oregon schools and community colleges for the outstanding work of their students in initiating peace and service projects in their schools and their communities-to make our world both a safer and a better place for all.  All students who apply to the Wholistic Peace Institute and are selected to receive this award are invited to attend a ceremony where they have an opportunity to present their peace project idea and to receive their school’s prize and certificate from a Nobel Peace Laureate winner. Sixty schools have received this prize and currently continue their activities to cultivate a culture of peace because of WPI’s work with the Spirit of Unity program.

 

Educating for Peace, the Wholistic Peace Institute and the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Awards for the Student Peace Leadership and Education Grants.  This is the 9th year that we have offered this to qualified applicants within the Oregon K-12 community of schools.

 

This year, Educating for Peace offered discounted tickets to Spirit of Unity applicants so they could see the 2014 Nobel Peace Prizewinner, Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan who after suffering a near fatal shooting by extremist rebels on a school bus in her own country, she has survived to be a spokesperson for rights for all children to get an education and for the value particularly of education to lift young women so they have the option to be educated in the free world.

The award ceremony will take place in November and be hosted by one of this year’s award recipients, Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby Oregon.  The grant recipients will be notified by email as to logistics for this annual event.

The Nobel Peace Laureate High School Curriculum

Nobel Peace Laureate Curriculum teaches about Nobel Peace Laureates and also meets the New Oregon Social Sciences Standards in the Oregon School System. There is a two hour DVD which accompanies the curriculum and it is broken up into individual videos for the website and is featured above.

 

Chapter One

Why Teach About Nobel Peace Laureates to Middle and High School Students

 

Chapter Two

The Importance of Nobel Peace Laureate Education in the Social Sciences Classroom

 

Chapter Three

The Dalai Lama, 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate and the Dalai Lama's Message to Students 

 

Chapter Four

President Kim Dae - Jung, 2009 Nobel Peace Prizewinner

 

Chapter Five

Jody Williams & ICBL (iInternational Campaign To Ban Landmines), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate

 

Chapter Six

Adolfo Perez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize

 

 

Chapter Seven

Amnesty International, 1977 Nobel Peace Prize

 

Chapter Eight

IPPNW - PSR (physicians for Social Responsibility), 1985 Nobel Peace Prize

 

Chapter Nine

Betty Williams & Mairead Corrigan, 1977 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

 

Chapter Ten

President Oscar Arias Sanchez 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

 

Chapter Eleven

President Lech Walesa, 1983 Nobel Peace Laureate

 

Chapter Twelve

President F.W. De Klerk, 1993 Nobel Peace Laureate

Spirit of Unity Award Application Due September 15th 

 

This program's Objectives & Goals to Be Accomplished by the Winning Schools and Student Leaders

 

  • To provide in the Oregon classroom teaching materials and curriculum on specific Nobel Peace Laureates and to standardize the curriculum to meet Oregon Social Studies Standards and to institutionalize the teaching of peace in the Oregon School System.

 

  • To educate Oregon students in the ways of non-violence and dialogue; to teach them these skills so that they can grow to be adults who have these skills. 

 

  • To award and associate the annual Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Award For Peace Leadership with a world leader, a former President of a country, and a Nobel Peace Laureate.

 

  • To make all schools in Oregon aware of the Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Award; the work of Educating for Peace on studying about Nobel Peace Laureates; the research curriculum Educating for Peace the WPI has developed on the visits of Nobel Peace Laureates to Portland; and to create interactions between Nobel Peace Laureates and Oregon students.

 

  • To solicit views from Nobel Peace Laureates on their ideas for ending war and accomplishing world peace. 

 

  • To teach Oregon students about: human rights; conflict resolution; mediation; diplomacy; dialogue to resolve conflict.

 

  • To teach Oregon middle and high school students the values of reconciliation; forgiveness; compassion; hope; peace; as demonstrated by a Nobel Peace Laureate.

 

Overview of Educating for Peace - Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Awards

2009 Spirit of Unity Award Recipients

  • Interfaith Peace Leadership, Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR

  • Interfaith Peace Leadership, Rev. Rodney Page, Oregon Ecumenical Ministries, Portland, OR

  • Interfaith Peace Leadership, Frank Afranji, Palestinian & Vice President at PGE, Portland, OR

 

2010 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

  • Ackerman Student Peace Advocates Club, Ackerman Middle School, Canby, OR 

  • Connecting with the Elderly & Under-Visited Program, Fr. Bernard Youth Center, Mt. Angel, OR

  • Peace Village School, Eugene, OR

  • Rotary International District 5100 Youth Exchange, Portland, OR

  • Bahai Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, Beaverton, OR

  • Children’s Peace Fair, St. Andrew’s Church, Portland, OR

  • Youth for Human Rights, Delphian School, Sheridan, OR

  • Diversity Committee, Skyview High School, Vancouver, WA

  • Portland International Community School (PICS), Portland, OR

 

2011 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Elderly & Under-Visited Program, Fr. Bernard Youth Center, Mt. Angel, OR

  • Perrydale Peace Leaders, Perrydale High School, Amity, OR

  • Family Group Program, St. Cecilia School, Beaverton, OR

  • Peace Village Charter High School Program, Eugene, OR

  • Youth Advocates for Peace, West Linn High School, West Linn, OR

  • Students for Change, West Salem High School, Salem, OR

  • Lasallian Youth Ministry Program, De La Salle No Catholic High School, Portland, OR

  • Nobel Peace Laureate Project, Eugene, OR

  • Youth for Human Rights Club, Delphian School, Beaverton, OR

  • Peace Advocacy Program, Baker Prairie Middle School, Canby, OR

 

2012 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Franklin High School Peer Mediation Program

  • Jesuit High School Social Justice Summit

  • West Salem High School Students for Change

  • Athey Creek Middle School Nobel Peace Laureate Program

  • Gang Prevention Program of the Russian Youth Leadership Initiative (Portland Police Co-Sponsor – Anti Gang Program)

  • Human Rights Program of the Delphian School

  • Madison High School Peace Studies & Peer Mediation Program

  • St. Mary’s Academy: Poverty Awareness Day

  • St. Mary’s Academy: Youth Ending Slavery

  • Baker Prairie Middle School Jr. Nobel Peace Laureate Awards (SPA)

  • Embrace Diversity-Connecting Youth & Community; Fr Bernard Youth Center

  • Eugene Nobel Peace Laureate Educational Curriculum

  • Pleasant Hill High School; Impact Festival to Reduce Community Poverty

  • Classroom Law Project

  • Blanchet Catholic High School; Blanche Buddies

 

2013 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Portland Peace Prize, Madison High School, Portland, OR

  • Operation Starfish, Cascade Heights Public Charter School, Clackamas, OR

  • Impact Festival, Pleasant Hill High School, Pleasant Hill, OR 

  • Leadership Education through Athletic Participation African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO), David Douglas High School, Portland, OR (Portland Police Co-Sponsor – Anti Gang Program)

  • One Billion Rising Flash Mob Dance, Human Rights Club, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, OR

  • Poverty Awareness Day, Poverty Awareness Committee, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, OR

  • Social Justice Summit, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory High School, Portland, OR

  • Zero-Anti-bullying Program, Leslie Middle School, Salem, OR

  • Peace Club, Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn – Wilsonville

  • Workshop & Program on Educating Educators to Educate for Peace, Concordia University – College of Education 

  • Peace Club, Lincoln High School Peace Club, Portland, OR

  • Annual Conference, Russian Speaking Youth Leadership Initiative (Portland Police Co-Sponsor – Anti Gang Program)

  • Human Rights Club, International Delphian School 

  • Student Jonathan Bray-Catlin Gabel School – Honorable Mention

  • Peace Village Charter High School Program, Eugene, OR

 

2014 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Athey Creek Middle School Natural Helpers

  • Faubion Middle School Peace for Art

  • Stafford Primary School Peace Club

  • Ms. Sharon LA Croix, community partner, former First Lady, developer of the 2001 Dalai Lama Youth Summit

  • Tony Crawford, Middle School Teacher, Peace Educator of the Year

 

2015 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Baker Prairie Middle School, Canby, OR Multi-faceted Peace Education Programs Jennifer Turner; Carrie Stewart; Isabeau Waia’u                  Walker; Lynn Olsen

  • Fr. Bernard Youth Center, Mt. Angel, OR

  • Skyline School, Portland, OR

  • Leslie Middle School, Salem, OR

  • PK-8 Faubion Middle School, Portland, OR

  • St. Andrews Catholic Religious Education Portland, OR

  • Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

  •  Human Rights Club, Delphian School, Sheridan, OR

  • Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn, OR

  •  Peace Educator of the Year Award, Ms. Jennifer Turner, Principal, Baker Prairie Middle School, Canby, OR

 

2016 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Baker Prairie Middle School, Canby, OR Multi-faceted Peace Education Programs Jennifer Turner; Carrie Stewart; Isabeau Waia’u                  Walker; Lynn Olsen

  • G.O.S.P.E.L., Blanchet Catholic School, Salem, OR

  • Youth Ending Slavery & Human Rights Club, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, OR

  • Faubion Peace Club, Faubion K-8 School, Portland, OR

  • St. Andrews Catholic Religious Education, Portland, OR

  • Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

  • Human Rights Club, Delphian School, Sheridan, OR

 

2017 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Peace Club, Leslie Middle School, Salem, OR 

  • Multi-faceted Peace Education, Baker Prairie Middle School, Canby, OR

  • 7th Grade Peace Club, G.O.S.P.E.L., Blanchet Catholic School, Salem, OR

  • Youth Ending Slavery & Human Rights Club, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, OR

  • Faubion Peace Club, Faubion K-8 School, Portland, OR

  • Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

  • Natural Helpers Club, Athey Creek Middle School, Tualatin, OR 

  • Pete Teller, Peace Educator of the Year Award, Counselor, Leslie Middle School Peace Club, Leslie Middle School, Salem, OR 

 

2018 Spirit of Unity Student Award Recipients

 

  • Multi-faceted Peace Education, Amanda Baker Prairie Middle School, Canby, OR

  • 8th Grade Peace Club, G.O.S.P.E.L., Blanchet Catholic School, Salem, OR

  • Peace and Justice Club, Park Justice Here Madison High School, Portland, OR

  • Portland Jewish Academy, Portland, OR

  • Model United Nations, West Albany High School, West Albany, OR

  • Peace Club, Waldport High School, Waldport, OR 

  • Kindness Campaign, Portland Public Schools Kairos PDX