Partnership for YouthShaping Vision 2030 for Community Revitalization and Sustainability
Four Scarsdale High School students and teacher Kathleen McGreal attended the 2016 P4Y conference at the East-West Center located on the campus of the University of Hawaii. The conference organized by Director of the East West Center-Asia Pacific Program Namji Steinemann brought together teachers and students from Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Phillipines, Hawaii, Texas and New York.
Highlights of the conference included:
attending a special presentation by the Ohana Theater Group of Peace On Your Wings, an original musical inspired by the life of Sadako Sasaki, a 12-year old girl who died from leukemia resulting from exposure to radiation after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
participating in a discussion, led by Maya Soetoro-Ng, founder of Ceeds of Peace, on how to develop leadership skills, critical thinking, compassion and collaboration.
learning from Natania Kremer, Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Brooklyn Friends School, and students about service learning and advocacy.
meeting members of Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, a grassroots organization whose mission is to encourage sensible growth and development and preservation, and visiting various sites that the organization had protected from development.
visiting Pearl Harbor and listening to speaker Jimmy Lee who was a 9-year old eyewitness to the attack.
working on mixed-country teams, under the guidance of Namji Steinemann and Akiko Otani (Managing Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific), to design effective strategies and solutions to community issues.
- developing S’Well (Scarsdale Well), a proposal to increase student wellness at Scarsdale High School through specific initiatives, the results of which are to be shared at the P4Y-Vision 2030 in Hiroshima in the summer of 2017.