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Webinar 13: The Peace First Challenge: Building a Digital Community of Empowered Young Peacemakers
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October 3, 2017
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Webinar Date and Time: October 18, 2017 at 3:00 EST. Click here to view the recording.

Webinar Description: Peace First is a digital, global community of youth peacemakers where young people can access project planning tools, adult mentors, and startup grants for community peacemaking projects. During this webinar, participants heard from Fish Stark, a Fellow-In-Residence from Peace First and Durya Nadeem, Founder of Peace-Builders, a youth-led nonprofit supported through the Peace First Challenge. They shared their experiences and strategies for eliminating barriers to youth peacemaking, and offered techniques for leveraging digital technology to support young peacemakers and build connected communities.

Speaker Bios:

Fish Stark, Fellow-in-Residence, Peace First
Fish Stark, 22, is the Fellow-in-Residence at Peace First, where he works to build programs that empower young people to change their communities and spark a global movement of youth peacemakers. Prior to working at Peace First, Fish founded and led the Teaching Peace Initiative, a nonprofit that trains high school students across the US as peer educators to teach peace, tolerance, and anti-bullying curricula in their communities. He is a 2017 graduate of Yale University, where he received the Dean’s Prize for his work to bridge divides between the university community and New Haven. Fish is a recipient of the Peace First Fellowship, the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship, and the Jovial Concepts Global Peace Initiative Prize.


Durya Nadeem, Founder, Peace-Builders (a youth-led nonprofit supported through the Peace First Challenge)

Durya Nadeem is an 17 year old confident Pakistani American Muslim senior at Hilliard Darby High School. Along with being number one in her class academically, she is the founder of a non-profit, Peace-Builders, whose mission is to break chains of ignorance and build bridges among different cultures and religions through positive interfaith communications. With her various activities throughout the Ohio community, and even nationally, she is known to be involved in the Teen Ambassador program for Attorney General Mike DeWine, Franklin County Youth Council, Citizen University Youth Collaboratory, Muslims Student Association and a myriad of others. With her touching words, she is an advocate for peace, justice, equality and unity for all. Durya serves as an example of a role model for all and a leader for many generations.


  1. Is there a recording of this available?

  2. Hi David, yes there is a recording available. It’s currently being transcribed. Once it’s completed, we will include the link to the recording and I will send you a notification. Many thanks, Jess

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