PeaceJam Southeast Youth Leadership Conference - Spring 2021

Image: Leymah Gbowee looking towards the camera in black, green, and white patterned clothing

A Message From Your Southeast Mentor Staff

Hello Friends! We’re so excited to welcome you all to our 2021 PeaceJam Southeast Youth Leadership Conference! Our Nobel Peace Prize Laureate this year, Leymah Gbowee, has been a symbol of strength and perseverance for those who follow her. On many occasions, such as the Second Liberian Civil War, she has demonstrated the positive outcomes that can arise from nonviolent change making. Her path of nonviolent social action has broken down barriers and helped to redefine the meaning of activism in Liberia and the world. This year’s theme, PLANT YOUR SEED, is inspired by Leymah’s spirit and is centered around planting the seeds for societal change through nonviolent action. At our conference, we hope to provide you with the tools and encouragement needed for you to PLANT YOUR SEED for change in yourself, your community, and your world. All that we ask is that you open yourself up: be ready to understand and empathize with the stories of those that surround you, engage in the challenging conversations that will be held, and of course have a great time! We can’t wait to see you there!


Leila Alfaro & Kayla Pfeffer