Student Peace Leadership
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.
Nobel Peace Laureate Programs
The Nobel Peace Laureate Program involves Nobel Peace prize winners, the world’s architects of world peace in conflict resolution, humanitarian, human rights, teaching non-violence and interfaith work the Institute Starting in 2001 with the 6 Nobel World Peace Conference and the Dalai Lama Youth Conference, the Institute has worked with Nobel Peace Laureates to teach and raise awareness of the progress these individuals and organizations have made toward the goal of "stopping the killing" worldwide. Continuing this tradition, we have exposed our University, High School, Middle School, even elementary school students to Nobel Peace Laureates' ideas; as well as engaged the Nobel’s in international forums, both in Oregon and internationally; and published books with them and about them. Our program has evolved over the past 15 years from the World Peace Conference in 2001; to a number of Summer Peace Institutes; to our present Nobel Peace Laureate Forum, where we bring at least one Nobel Peace Laureate to Oregon for each year for talks and forums with diverse groups.
Our Institute cares about people.
We have met for lunch and fellowship the third Friday of each month for the past ten years. We use this time to expound on all variety of issues (interfaith, multi-cultural, morality, education, war prevention, etc.) and find ways to dialogue on issues that may be pressing in our communities or controversial, intolerable, or incomprehensible. Our luncheons are a great forum for speakers, bloggers, adventurers to share their knowledge and experience that helps raise awareness for our members and supporters. All opinions and ideas are welcome.
World Peace Conferences
Our program has evolved over the past 15 years from the World Peace Conference in 2001; to a number of Summer Peace Institutes; to our present Nobel Peace Laureate Forum, where we bring at least one Nobel Peace Laureate to Oregon for each year for talks and forums with diverse groups.
World Peace Journals
The Institute has in the past done research and published a World Peace Journals and continues to publish independent research on world conflict situations, based on the ideas and work of the Nobel Peace Laureates and world peacemakers and religious leaders.
Spirit of Unity Award
Our Institute cares about students.
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. However any student is welcome to attend this ceremony and meet a Nobel Peace Laureate. 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.