Posted on May 09, 2017

The Rotary Club of Charlottesville was pleased to host District Foundation Chair, Juanita Cawley, and Patricia Shafer, Co-founder of the NewGen Peacebuilder program at its meeting on May 9, 2017 where direct service in the Rotary focus area of Peace and Conflict Resolution was highlighted and recognized. Club President Chris Elliott was joined by immediate past club president Brad Bodager and incoming club president Gertrude Fraser in presenting a grant in the amount of $4000 to the NewGen Peacebuilder program in support of its fall program in Charlottesville.

The Rotary Club of Charlottesville was pleased to host District Foundation Chair, Juanita Cawley, and Patricia Shafer, Co-founder of the NewGen Peacebuilder program at its meeting on May 9, 2017 where direct service in the Rotary focus area of Peace and Conflict Resolution was highlighted and recognized. Club President Chris Elliott was joined by immediate past club president Brad Bodager and incoming club president Gertrude Fraser in presenting a grant in the amount of $4000 to the NewGen Peacebuilder program in support of its fall program in Charlottesville.

District Foundation Chair Juanita Cawley recognized the Charlottesville Rotary Club members for their support of the New Gen Peacebuilder program and for leading as the first club in the district to mount the formal NewGen Peacebuilder program.  Patricia Shafer and staff of the NewGen Peacebuilder program introduced the program to District 7610 at the Peacebuilder conference held at George Mason University earlier this spring.  Brad Bodager describes the immersion program as helping youth understand frameworks related to peace, to develop project planning and management skills and to embrace peacebuilding as a personal responsibility.

The curriculum and facilitation process will draw on a variety of peace education resources, and be conducted over the course of four months beginning in September involving a cohort of thirty students from ten area high schools.  These students will attend this interactive program, design and integrate best practices in team action peace projects with Rotarians and other community mentors over six weeks during the program. Students will ultimately receive certification as Rotary Peace Builders acquiring research-based content and literacy in compassionate action and conflict resolution for continuing service in their community and throughout their lives.  Brad Bodager has arranged for the program to be delivered in collaboration with the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center which will provide facilities and support at its historic space at Vinegar Hill in downtown Charlottesville.

Earlier that day, Brad Bodager and Patricia Shafer made an on-site visit for discussions with the Jefferson School AAHC Executive Director, Dr. Andrea Douglas, concerning planning for the program in the fall, which she has noted will accomplish goals objectives in Virginia that no one else is addressing.  Also, throughout that day, Juanita Cawley had a chance to meet with academic administrators on the Grounds of the University of Virginia arranged by Chris Elliott. Substantive discussion throughout this day is intended to open new opportunities to promote the Rotary Global Grants Scholarship, the Rotary Peace Fellowships and the Foundation Scholarship for water and sanitation across a wider set of students at the University of Virginia.  Cawley and Elliott also met with colleagues from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy to discuss the district's NewGen Peacebuilder program and other opportunities for collaboration.